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Departments Recruiting to Fill Top Executive Roles

The Government Operations Agency is seeking an assistant secretary; the Department of Pesticide Regulation is recruiting for a chief information officer; and the California Earthquake Authority is looking for a chief administrative officer.

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Departments in state government are recruiting for top-level roles in IT leadership.

The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) is seeking an assistant secretary for innovation (Career Executive Assignment) to develop and implement policy and provide leadership and consultation on government improvement and accountability projects.

According to the job posting: “The incumbent recommends innovative policies, processes, legislation and regulations on a broad range of statewide governmental operational issues, which cross departmental lines and involve high-level policy-making responsibilities. The position develops standards and performance metrics for the evaluation of agency programs and promotes innovation and cost-saving efficiencies throughout state government. In addition, this position will serve as a member of the agency secretary’s top advisory team, fully participate as a member of the agency management group and provide direct input on agency decisions.”

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the posting, include:
  • Ability to reason logically and creatively
  • Ability to develop and maintain a level of professional integrity to ensure that the best interests of the Government Operations Agency are served
  • Ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of principle and practices of policy formulation and development

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $11,463, and the application deadline is Dec. 16.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is seeking a chief information officer (IT manager II) to serve “as a principle level manager responsible for establishing IT-related standards and policies and … formulating departmental strategies pertaining to application development, maintenance and other highly technical issues in support of business processes and strategic direction established by the directorate,” according to the job posting.

“The CIO is responsible for overall direction and support of the department’s IT systems to ensure the business needs of the program objectives in support of DPR’s mission and goals are met,” the posting says. The CIO also ensures compliance with all agency and state IT policies and standards.

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Strong leadership skills in a complex environment with multiple competing priorities and demands.
  • Experience in the formulation, analysis, implementation and compliance validation of organizational and governmental policy.
  • Experience managing vendors and IT projects.
  • Ability to plan, organize, facilitate and coordinate multiple projects operating under strict guidelines and time frames.
  • Ability to work across diverse teams of technical, business and executive staff and manage organizational and technological change.

More details about the position are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 3.

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is recruiting for a chief administrative officer (Career Executive Assignment) to serve on the authority’s executive management team to oversee multiple functions including vendor management, human resources technology, change management, business continuity and project management.

“The CAO participates in the development and implementation of the CEA’s Strategic Plan and is responsible for initiating, implementing, and managing administrative principles and practices,” the job posting says. According to the duty statement, the essential functions of the position are policy administration (30 percent), leadership (30 percent), management (30 percent), project management (5 percent) and other duties, including acting on behalf of the chief executive officer (5 percent).

More information about the role can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Dec. 16.
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.