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Departments Recruiting to Fill Data-Related Leadership Roles

The open positions include a section chief and a data analytics and governance lead.

Two departments in state government are recruiting for key leadership roles calling for expertise.

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is seeking a section chief (IT manager II) to oversee the Data and Engineering section, serving as “the portfolio manager for the most technically advanced, highly complex business solutions” in the agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation (CDII), providing strategic and operational leadership.

According to the job posting and duty statement, the chief is responsible for setting or influencing organizational IT policy; formulating long-range IT programs and objectives; and reviewing implementation and conformance of IT programs with CDII and CHHS policies and objectives. The chief “has the responsibility for planning, organizing and directing the work of multiple IT programs or units, typically through subordinate supervisors, product owners, managers and IT architects,” the posting says.

Responsibilities of the position include:
  • Establish appropriate goals and objectives to accomplish CDII’s mission, including key projects, initiatives, goals and objectives related to advancing the use of CDII and CHHS data to make business and operational decisions.
  • Manage and assist in the development of CDII analytics and business intelligence strategies, frameworks and standards to ensure proper delivery of information assets, such as data dashboards, data extracts and data governance/analytics, to meet CDII’s business needs.
  • Provide leadership to senior technical staff while directing project staff performing as expert-level consultants. Review project and team member work to ensure alignment with organizational policies, procedures and guidelines, recommending the development of new policies as needed.
  • Ensure economical, timely, efficient and effective progression through the planning, development, procurement and deployment phases of all integration projects, typically with varying system life cycles. Proactively manage project budgetary impact through deployment and long-term maintenance. Establish and reinforce result-based project benchmarks at the operational level and ensure adherence to all controls within a project’s scope of work.
  • Provide succinct and fact-based project status reports with clear and concise performance measures indicating any deviations from established project controls (e.g. scope of work, budgetary allocations, project benchmarks through each phase). Recruit, hire, develop and retain a competent professional staff that ensures an adequate level of specialized technical expertise to support current and future CDII information technology/data project needs.

The monthly salary range for this position is $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Aug. 11.

The California Office of Data and Innovation is recruiting for a data analytics and governance lead (staff services manager III) to “lead major initiatives to develop and shape new data and analytics policies and standards and supporting guidance via an iterative and inclusive process.”

The job posting says: “This role will live at the nexus of policy and practice. You will be a crucial steward of that nexus, collaborating and drawing on the experience of the CalData Data Services team, Advanced Analytics and Evaluation team, and subject matter experts across the state as well as groups outside the state.”

It continues: “You are service oriented with a passion for public service, you have the head for policy but the heart and hands of an analyst, you love helping others succeed and learn from your experience, you are skeptical of policy and standards not grounded in practice, you are biased to action and speed but understand that good policy brings folks along, you enjoy thinking big picture but grounding it in reality via the experience of others, you are passionate about improving use of data across the state of California.”

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Enjoy collaborative processes and developing shared understanding
  • Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Investigative ability and intellectual curiosity
  • Experience developing data standards and policies
  • Experience implementing policies and best practices in organizations
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Understanding of the data analytics life cycle and common pain points felt by data users

The posting also lists “bonus qualities,” including:
  • Expertise or experience in PowerBI ecosystem
  • Analytic scripting skills (R/Python)
  • Understanding of modern data stack and governance approaches
  • Experience facilitating metrics definition conversation
  • Understanding of ethical considerations surrounding AI, in particular the impact on disadvantaged communities
  • Familiarity with agile methodologies and how they relate to data governance and analytics

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,545 to $9,702, and the application deadline is Aug. 17.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.