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Departments Recruiting for Tech Leadership Positions

Roles include chief data officer, lead product owner, senior data engineer and group manager.

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State government departments are recruiting for a variety of tech leadership roles, including a chief data officer, a lead product owner, a senior data engineer and a group manager.

The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is seeking a chief data officer (IT Manager I) “to ensure that the department is functioning to enable sustainable business growth, capability and internal efficiencies through improved data structures, constant data cleanliness and insight, efficient data governance and process.”

“The chief data officer is responsible for the development of the EDO (Enterprise Data Operations Office) overall strategy and owning the business data management road map as well as securing the funding necessary to see through the DDS mission,” the job posting says. “The chief data officer ensures that the EDO have their goals aligned with the business mission, strategy and objectives.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • At least five years of management experience leading data science, data engineering, technical or operational teams.
  • Information strategy experience; experience in strategic technology planning and execution, and policy development and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated leadership; proven track record of leading complex, multidisciplinary talent teams in new endeavors and delivering solutions.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proven data literacy — the ability to describe business use cases/outcomes, data sources and management concepts, and analytical approaches/options. The ability to translate among the languages used by executive, business, IT and quant stakeholders.

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is July 28.

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking a lead product owner (IT Specialist III) to lead and direct “the development of process improvement plans, strategies and work products in order to maintain a team of effective product owners who successfully deliver and continuously improve processes and outcomes, utilizing inputs from staff, customers, peers and independent research. In accordance with the direction of the department’s executive leadership team, acts as lead product owner to management, stakeholders, engineers and program staff product planning, release planning and developing product backlogs, using Agile and Scrum framework methodologies.”

The incumbent will be part of DHCS’ “new enterprise approach focusing on the entire Medicaid Enterprise effort and modernize the Medi-Cal Enterprise Systems, including the California Medicaid Management Information System Modernization, Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System Modernization and California Behavioral Health Data Systems Modernization,” the job posting says.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Ability to identify and implement best practices in the delivery of complex digital applications and information technology products.
  • Demonstrated strong influencing, negotiation and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Agile principles and processes as a senior product leader.
  • Experience using Agile framework methodologies, including in doing user story development, product backlog refinement and iterative system development.
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) or SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) Certification.
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience of product ownership role and responsibilities.
  • Proven track record as a product owner, guiding design, development and implementation teams, product rollouts and delivering IT solutions using iterative development methodologies.

More information about the role is available in the duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is July 26.

The California Office of Data and Innovation, known until this month as CalData, is recruiting for a senior data engineer to serve as the lead on data pipeline engineering.

“You’ll be a proponent for modern data stack approaches at the state,” the job posting says. “You will ensure that data is available as a service for warehouses, digital services, dashboards, etc. You’ll develop patterns and practices that departments across the state can use. You’ll collaborate with CalData team members to help departments adopt modern cloud-based data practices. You’ll transform your knowledge, expertise and hands-on experience into practical guidance and toolkits for the state.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Experience with DBT or comparable technology
  • Experience with Python, Scala
  • Experience establishing and maintaining data science pipelines
  • Experience moving data from legacy on-premises sources to cloud based
  • Familiarity with Microsoft’s Azure cloud tools and/or Power BI
  • Experience training non-technical users to use technology to support their work
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Strong familiarity with geospatial data and best practices
  • Experience translating business needs into technical implementations, including mapping out business processes and data models
  • Experience working with a variety of databases, APIs and formats to extract and transform data.

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Aug. 1.

The Employment Development Department is recruiting for a supervisor (IT Supervisor II) to manage and lead the Cost Management Group (CMG), which serves the department’s IT Branch (ITB) by “providing budget and expenditure services to ensure the cost-effective use of personnel resources, IT consulting contracts, enterprise IT budget items such as hardware and software maintenance agreements, data center services, and reimbursable contracts.”

The supervisor manages daily operations of the CMG, planning, prioritizing and directing workload as well as performing general administrative and direct supervisory activities to mentor and coach staff, the job posting says. The supervisor “works closely with managers throughout ITB as well as management and staff within EDD to ensure that resources are effectively used in supporting both the strategic goals and the business objectives” of the branch and the department.
Desirable qualifications include:
  • Experience in personnel management, leadership and/or supervision.
  • Experience in budget and contract management.
  • Willingness to accept challenges, handle multiple assignments simultaneously and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Confident in providing leadership and guidance to a range of stakeholders, including making recommendations to management on business process improvements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent working knowledge of applicable state administration policies and procedures.

More details about the position are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $7,593 to $10,174, and the application deadline is Aug. 6.
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.