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Departments Seek Candidates for Executive Roles

Agencies in state government are recruiting for a chief information officer, a deputy CIO, and officers to oversee programs dealing with applications and privacy.

Departments in state government are recruiting candidates for several key leadership roles in technology.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) who’ll also serve as a deputy director, with overall responsibility for IT Project and Portfolio Management; Network and Client Services; Web and Application Development; IT Procurement and Contracting; IT Infrastructure, Security and Privacy Services; and Fiscal Operations.

“The CIO is responsible for the development of departmental IT strategic direction, technology operations, and technology recovery plans and programs that support and align with the business goals and objectives of the DPR,” the job posting says. Desirable qualifications, according to the posting, include:
  • Experience formulating, implementing and evaluating IT initiatives and policies.
  • Experience at the managerial level in strategic planning and performance management, including experience with benchmarking and organizational development.
  • Strong leadership and management team experience demonstrating an ability to create a clear vision, set goals and expectations, motivate initiatives at all levels, and exercise sound judgment in developing and managing IT systems in support of departmental mission, vision and goals.
  • Demonstrated extensive IT governance experience including knowledge of project management and IT portfolio management practices.
  • Experience at the managerial level in establishing collaborative relationships internally and externally, and resolving disagreements between and/or among multiple stakeholders at various levels.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is recruiting for a deputy chief information officer (IT Manager II) to “deliver a clear technology vision, providing strategy and direction to the Enterprise Security and Infrastructure Services branch by setting goals and expectations, encouraging leadership, teamwork, collaboration and transparency, and motivating staff at all levels.”

The job posting says the deputy CIO will “direct and oversee … daily operations and production services, including change control, change management, fiscal management, contract management, operations management, resource management and talent management.” Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the posting and duty statement, include:
  • Project management skills: financial/budget management, scheduling, and resource management.
  • The ability to effectively communicate infrastructure, information security, and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences at various hierarchical levels, ranging from board members to technical specialists.
  • Knowledge of client support, information security management frameworks, network and telecommunications operations, and production change control.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings with all levels of stakeholders and to present to a wide variety of audiences including executive, agency, department, program and other forums.
  • Ability to describe complex technical concepts in terms business leaders can understand.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness in varying responsibilities and changing priorities.
  • Experience with establishing policies and standards, process improvement, organizational change management, etc.
  • Professional project, network and security management certifications are desirable.

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

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is seeking a chief information security officer (IT Manager I) to “develop, plan, implement and manage the department’s Information Security and Privacy Program to ensure protection and preservation of the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the department’s information assets which include personnel, facility, equipment, information systems and data.”

“The CISO serves as the primary liaison with federal and state auditors related to enterprise-wide information security controls for ABC,” the job posting notes. Desirable qualifications, according to the posting and duty statement, include:
  • Experience facilitating meetings and leading participants to decisions.
  • Experience developing a security strategy, road maps, and risk management plans.
  • Experience with IT leadership, management and planning.
  • Experience negotiating with executives, management, stakeholders and technical staff to achieve objectives.
  • Experience applying technology trends and industry best practices to meet the organization’s specific needs.
  • Knowledge of analytical procedures and methods; the functions of California state government including the principles, practices, and policies of the California Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection; and the development of security policies and procedures, security awareness programs, business continuity, disaster recovery plans, and operational recovery plans.
  • Knowledge of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 framework.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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

The Department of General Services (DGS) is recruiting for three key positions: chief information security officer (IT Manager II), products and applications officer (IT Manager II) and privacy program officer (IT Manager I). The application deadline for all three positions is March 12.

The chief information security officer “is responsible for formulating or administering organizational information technology security and privacy policies and programs, specific to the initiation, design, development, testing, operation and defense of DGS information technology assets and environments, addressing various sources of disruption,” the job posting says. “The scope of responsibility includes all DGS offices and client agencies.” The monthly salary range is $10,421 to $12,668, and more information on this position can be found in the job posting and the duty statement.

The products and applications officer “is responsible for the management and support of the Products and Applications Office, overseeing departmental custom, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), and enterprise-wide services to DGS programs, offices, divisions and client agencies.” The monthly salary range is $10,421 to $12,668, and more information is in the job posting and duty statement.

The privacy and program officer “leads, plans, directs, and implements DGS’ privacy program and ensures the appropriate collection, use, and disclosure of personal information in accordance with federal and state laws and policies,” the job posting says. “This position acts as a consultant on privacy impact for departmental programs, systems, processes, and initiatives to ensure federal and state privacy compliance requirements are met throughout the System Development Life Cycle.” The monthly salary range for this position is $8,591 to $11,512. More information can be found in the duty statement.
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.