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Departments Recruiting for Tech Leadership Roles

The open positions are in the departments of Aging, Conservation and Transportation and in the Office of the Secretary of State.

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State departments are recruiting for a variety of leadership roles, four of which have “chief” in the job title.

The California Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) is seeking a chief technology officer (IT Manager II) who will also serve as deputy chief information officer. The role has “full management responsibility for the operation of the SOS Data Center and providing critical technology services in support of the agency’s mission, strategic goals, programs and business objectives,” according to the job posting.

The chief technology officer (CTO) “has oversight of the agency’s most complex and highly sensitive Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Technology Services, Enterprise Client Services and Support, Enterprise Software Engineering Services, Cloud Services, and Data Center Operations and has direct authority for activities and tasks across all of the technology domains,” the posting notes.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to communicate with technical/non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge and/or experience with data center management and working in a customer-focused service organization
  • Knowledge and/or experience in disaster and operational recovery planning, and coordinating the testing activities for internal and external hosted applications and services

More information can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 29.

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is recruiting for a chief data officer (IT Manager II) to “be responsible for establishing enterprise data governance, Master Data Management (MDM) practices and the exploitation of data assets to maximize business use of data,” the job posting states.

“The incumbent will develop and nurture internal and external stakeholder relationships to recommend data strategies that support business and technology initiatives related to CHHS (California Health and Human Services Agency) initiatives, the CDA Master Plan of Aging, the data dashboard, and the CDA Strategic Plan,” the posting says. “The CDO will also lead the design and development of CDA’s technical data architecture and enterprise data warehouse (and) develop CDA’s data analytics, reporting, and business intelligence capabilities to draw valuable insights from data. … The CDO is a key leadership role to help digitally transform CDA into a data-driven organization.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • At least three years’ experience in a senior-level data lead role.
  • Knowledge of the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBoK)
  • Certification related to data management and/or data governance (i.e., CDMP, DGSP, etc.)
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS technologies and other reporting tools such as PowerBI, Splunk, etc.
  • Knowledge of the CalHHS Data Exchange Framework (DxF) and Open Data Portal.
  • Experience with cloud solutions including storage, SQL server, and Always on Availability Group (AOAG).

More information can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 30.

The California Department of Conservation is seeking a chief deputy (Career Executive Assignment) of Field Operations for the Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) in the division’s Sacramento headquarters office.

“The position is responsible for ensuring that the division’s mission, goals and objectives are met and that its mandated programs are carried out in accordance with established leases, rules, policies, and regulations,” the job posting says.

Candidates are asked about the following:
  • Demonstrate your experience working in the energy industry, highlighting project management, innovative solutions, fiduciary oversight and strategic planning.
  • Advising upper management on the feasibility, impact, or potential of a variety of operations, projects, or proposals relating to oil, natural gas, geothermal, and clean energy operations.
  • How have you interacted with a variety of stakeholders, such as representatives from public entities, industry, environmental and climate science communities and with internal and external members of the organization at all levels?
  • Identifying appropriate long-range plans and goals to address resource needs including staffing concerns, succession planning, knowledge transfer, staff training, budgeting, and identifying changes in science and technology.
  • Directing the work and performance of a large office consisting of diverse management-level staff, engineering and geological staff, and office personnel.

More details about the position can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $19,557, and the application deadline is Jan. 6.

The California Department of Transportation is recruiting for a section chief (IT Manager I) for mobile/web applications and web support in the Enterprise Operation Services branch.

“The incumbent has full management responsibilities to implement, maintain and support the analysis, design, development, testing and deployment of mobile/web applications and the management of the department’s external and internal web presence,” the job posting says. “The incumbent directly manages all aspects of the project lifecycle and works with matrix IT functions to oversee all System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) phases of a project. The incumbent also provides leadership for the section.”

Among the prerequisites for the role are the following: “Six years of information technology experience performing a variety of progressively responsible technical, analytical, or supervisory tasks in support of computer systems or services in one or more of the major six domains or a closely related or emerging IT field. At least two years of experience shall include performance of highly specialized work in a lead capacity on highly complex or specialized information technology systems or services, or in a progressively responsible supervisory capacity over highly complex or specialized information technology systems or services.”

More information can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Jan. 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.