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Departments’ Recruitments Include Project Director, Manager, Architects

Entities with key vacancies include those dealing with transportation, cannabis regulation, health insurance and state hospitals.

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Several state departments have opened recruitment for positions involving leadership, technical specialties and cybersecurity.

Four of those openings, one of which is an executive position, are in the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH). They include:
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) project director (Career Executive Assignment), who will recommend, develop and administer DSH’s EHR applications and infrastructure and direct the formulation and implementation of new technology services to meet the project’s future needs. “The EHR project director establishes and sets expectations regarding activities and ensures adherence to departmental and state regulations, policies and procedures,” the job posting says. “The EHR project director testifies before committees, control agencies, review boards and the Legislature.” More information, including additional responsibilities and desirable qualifications, can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $13,998, and the application deadline is Aug. 12.
  • Infrastructure architect (IT Specialist III) for the EHR project, working on wireless local area networks (WLAN). The architect reports to the project director and, according to the job posting, “ensures the proper building, implementation and maintenance of the highly complex and multi-layered infrastructure systems needed to support the large scale of the Continuum suite of application systems and its hardware and software integrations.” In addition, the architect “maintains, updates and creates detailed enterprise scale systems architecture for all mission-critical back-end server, compute and storage technologies required to ensure daily operations, uptime and success of the Continuum suite of applications and services across all DSH facilities.” The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Aug. 25. More information is available in the duty statement.
  • Data and information architect (IT Specialist III), who will serve as the lead information, data program, data governance and compliance architect, developing and implementing organizational data strategies and building data program systems and scaffolding required to transform and advance the department’s data strategy and decision-making through analytics and deploying advanced DWBI, machine learning and data science solutions, according to the job posting. This position reports to the chief technology officer and “is a critical resource working at the highest levels to complete ‘Data Ready’ organizational structures and change management required to prepare the organization and mature our data programs across the enterprise,” the posting says. More details can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Aug. 25.
  • Data engineer (IT Specialist III) to serve as the lead chief data engineer developing, testing, deploying and maintaining cutting-edge advanced DWBI, data pipeline, data warehouse, data lake, machine learning and data science solutions in direct support of the Research, Evaluation and Data Insights (REDI) Program, both on-prem and in the cloud, according to the job posting. The incumbent “engineers all phases of DWBI solution development from data analysis, modeling, ingestion, transformation and end-user report development at the highest level,” the posting says. More information can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Aug. 25.

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is seeking an information security officer (IT Manager I) who will also function as chief privacy officer, “responsible for implementing state policies and standards regarding the confidentiality and security of information pertaining to DCC and the development, implementation, maintenance of, and adherence to state and DCC privacy policies and procedures.”

According to the job posting and duty statement, desirable qualifications include:
  • Experience managing all activities associated with the department’s information security program
  • Experience leading, managing and evaluating technical teams
  • Experience in developing and adoption of information security policies, procedures and standards
  • Advanced knowledge of information security technologies, tactics and trends
  • Working experience managing information security risk programs including mitigations, assessments and audits
  • Experience developing and executing information security tests including penetration tests
  • Experience in developing information security awareness training
  • A reputable, industry-related certification such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), or GIAC Security Leadership.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Aug. 11.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is recruiting for an assistant project director (IT Manager II) to lead the department’s Modernization Project Management Section. According to the job posting and duty statement, the responsibilities of this position include:
  • Oversee and manage scope, resources and schedules for all aspects related to enterprise technology modernization.
  • Plan, implement and coordinate project activities with internal and/or external stakeholders, oversight agencies and vendor teams.
  • Provide expert knowledge assistance in implementation services evaluation and selection, and manage contract negotiations with software, hardware and service vendors.
  • Oversee project budget and develop appropriate fiscal controls.
  • Review and evaluate project plans and monitor project progress and determine appropriate actions to ensure delivery of new software releases and other deliverables on schedule.
  • Facilitate collaboration among business stakeholders, vendor partners and control agencies to ensure the success of the project.
  • Represent DMV by testifying before committees, control agencies, review boards and/or the Legislature.
  • Establish and hire for the Modernization Project team.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Aug. 10.

Covered California is seeking a lead business analyst (IT Specialist III) to serve in the IT Division by developing, planning, managing and overseeing “all aspects of critical, complex IT projects and programs that include a wide variety of IT functions.”

Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace, enabling eligible individuals and small businesses to buy private health insurance at federally subsidized rates.

According to the job posting, desirable candidates have expertise in complex systems such as the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERS) or the Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS). Desirable qualifications include experience with system development; experience in communicating and presenting complex information; and experience in business transformation and innovation.

Responsibilities of the position include:
  • Lead business analysis and project management
  • Manage change requests throughout the project and the system development life cycles
  • Lead and develop documents related to the project, portfolio governance, procurement/solicitation documentation, budget concept statements and post-implementation support.
  • Create reports required by the Covered California Board, the Governor’s Office, auditors and other external stakeholders.

More information about the position is available in the duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Aug. 7.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is recruiting for a senior cybersecurity architect (IT Specialist III) to provide direction and recommendations; to create and develop enterprise security standards to properly secure network and cloud services architectures; and to effectively respond and adapt to the organization’s business and technical requirements and needs.

“The incumbent works both independently and/or collaboratively as the senior technical architect as part of a team on security issues and helping guide other IT professionals to properly and effectively secure systems, network and application design and integration,” the job posting says. “The incumbent provides expert guidance to improve the department’s security posture, investigate security events, assist in the remediation of identified risks, vulnerabilities to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s data and assets.”

More information about the requirements and responsibilities can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Aug. 24.

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is seeking an enterprise architect (IT Specialist III) to serve as a technical lead at the mastery level in the evaluation, recommendation and selection of IT standards, products, tools and services.

The architect does not supervise staff nor provide day-to-day supervision, and is expected to work independently and collaboratively as part of project teams to support the technical environment and business programs, according to the job posting.

The architect “consults on department modernization efforts and design of shared services for the most critical and most complex projects and initiatives," the posting says. The incumbent is a key adviser to architecture practices and methodologies and represents CDA in agency and state enterprise architect workgroups. The incumbent is a key participant in CDA governance to ensure technology alignment with strategic initiatives and business priorities. Additional duties include advising the chief information officer and the department in the development, maintenance and organization of the department’s architecture framework and associated policies, standards and governance methods.

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