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Departments Recruiting for Specialty, Leadership Positions

Departments with significant vacancies include the Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Transportation, and the Secretary of State’s Office.

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Four state government entities are recruiting for technology specialists and managers.

The California Secretary of State’s Office is recruiting for a chief risk officer (IT Manager II), who will direct complex initiatives and key actions on a wide variety of complex risk- and security-related tasks. The chief risk officer (CRO) will assist the chief information officer (CIO) in ensuring that information assets and related technology, applications, systems, infrastructure and processes are adequately protected.

“The CRO will provide recommendations guidance/direction and ensure agency compliance with various policies, procedures, laws, rules and regulations,” the job posting says. “Serves as the liaison between control agencies to coordinate the implementation of mandated activities; and oversees regulatory local, state and federal government. The CRO is a member of the SOS Cybersecurity Program. The incumbent in this position is working to support the systems and services of the Business Technology Management, Software Engineering, System Engineering, Information Security Engineering, and Information Technology Project Management domains.”

More details about the position are available in the duty statement. Desirable qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in information security or relevant field.
  • Hold current Information Security/Cyber Security Certification(s) such as CISSP, CISM or CISA.
  • Three or more years’ experience as an information security officer (ISO).
  • Proven experience managing cybersecurity risk and managing or leading technology and/or security professionals.
  • Proven ability to keep up with the latest cybersecurity threats and technologies.
  • Proven experience managing or directing an IT project (mission system implementation is highly desirable).

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is April 14.

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is recruiting for a chief of the Product Branch (IT Manager II) to plan, organize and lead the activities of a multidisciplinary staff responsible for overall stakeholder relationship management and product direction. The incumbent will also own the product road map and communicate regularly with senior management, stakeholders, and federal and state partners.

“The incumbent will be responsible for leading product owner/product managers, subject matter experts (SME), business analysts, and product designers,” the job posting says. “The incumbent is responsible for the PB (Product Branch) working closely with stakeholders and end users in order to develop product backlogs with detailed user requirements and acceptance criteria while will work closely with various scrum teams in the refining and prioritizing of backlog items. The incumbent is responsible for product governance and working closely with DHCS leadership and various stakeholders in ensuring proper scope is identified and prioritized for all modernization products.”

Desirable qualifications include leadership skills, mastery of agile methodology and proven experience as a product leader.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is April 9. More information about the position are available in the duty statement.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking an Enterprise Architecture Section chief (IT Manager II) who’s capable of leading enterprise transformation and modernization and optimizing business operations to facilitate change that maximizes value and minimizes risk, as well as meeting business and program needs.

According to the job posting, the section chief “directs and matures the enterprise architecture program and all activities of the EAS (Enterprise Architecture Section); provides leadership and direction to highly technical, professional, and multidisciplinary staff and matrixed resources throughout the department to develop, maintain and govern architecture across the enterprise; and collaborates and advises all levels of the department, including the chief information officer, information security officer, Project Management Branch chief and executive staff to provide critical information, recommendations and approaches on all matters relating to architecture strategies, policies and complex transformational or modernization efforts.”

In addition, according the posting and the duty statement, the chief “partners and collaborates with other departments and oversight agencies (Department of Health Care Services, the California Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Technology) in identifying and formulating opportunities that advance business and effectively deliver user-centric solutions for CDPH stakeholders. Provides departmental architectural outreach to external and state organizations and agencies by participating in statewide IT committees … and planning meetings.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is April 19. More details are available in the duty statement.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is recruiting for a chief of the Database and Middle-Ware Management Office (IT Manager I), who will manage the office’s two units. The office is responsible for managing the Caltrans databases and middle-tier software applications, and the chief oversees highly complex IT functions which include in-depth systems analysis, database modeling, design and administration, middle-tier application administration, systems integration, testing, maintenance and operations, according to the job posting.

“The incumbent has full management responsibility for standards, processes and procedures for the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, operation and procurement of database and middle-tier software technologies,” the posting says.

According to the duty statement, the position’s “core competencies” include:
  • Learning on the fly: Learns quickly, is open to change, experiments and is flexible.
  • Decision-making: Makes critical and timely decisions. Takes charge. Supports appropriate risk. Makes challenging and appropriate decisions.
  • Initiative: Ability to identify what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or required by the situation. Seeks out others involved in a situation to learn their perspectives.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making : Identifies problems and uses logical analysis to find information, understand causes, and evaluate and select or recommend best possible courses of action.
  • Relationship building: The ability to develop and maintain internal and external trust and professional relationships, which includes listening and understanding to build rapport.
  • Organizational awareness: Contributes to the organization by understanding and aligning actions with the organization's strategic plan, including the mission, vision, goals, core functions and values.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is April 20.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.