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Departments Seek Candidates for Specialty, Leadership Positions

Among the positions in recruitment are chief information security officer, cybersecurity specialist and senior IT project manager.

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State departments are recruiting for a variety of IT specialty and leadership positions, including a chief information security officer (CISO).

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is seeking a CISO (IT manager I) to assume “full management responsibility for the Information Security Office,” providing leadership, supervision, guidance, mentoring and support for all activities associated with HCD’s information security program.

“The incumbent is responsible for implementing information security policies, standards, guidelines, processes, and procedures to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of HCD’s systems, applications, data, interfaces and information processing infrastructure,” the job posting and duty statement say. Desirable qualifications include:
  • Experience implementing information security solutions such as endpoint security, network security, threat and vulnerability management, security information and event management, privileged access management, and data loss prevention
  • Applied knowledge of cybersecurity risk management frameworks such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, ISO/IEC 27001 and COBIT
  • Applied knowledge of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53 security and privacy controls
  • Applied knowledge of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) approach and processes for security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring
  • Applied knowledge of state’s IT policies, procedures and standards including State Administrative Manual (SAM) 5300 and Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) 5300
  • Professional information security certification such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is desirable.

The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Sept. 5.

The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) is seeking a cybersecurity specialist (IT specialist II) to serve in the agency’s Information Security Office. The incumbent will serve as a security architect to develop solutions to mitigate risk and ensure that the adequate incident detection or prevention solutions are in place across the agency, according to the job posting.

“This cybersecurity specialist will also ensure technology recovery plans are designed appropriately for the criticality of the information system with an assurance of resiliency and recovery time objectives as required,” the posting and duty statement note. The incumbent may need to perform cross-agency operations “and facilitate data sharing among LWDA’s departments, boards and panel to build efficiencies where possible in security solutions that can be leveraged across the agency.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $7,893 to $10,576, and the application deadline is Sept. 22.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking a senior IT project manager (IT specialist II) to “function as a lead analyst for complex, sensitive and/or major projects undertaken by the Project and Portfolio Management Section (PPMS),” which is responsible for the management and oversight of projects with IT components in the department.

Responsibilities of the position include serving as a senior project manager or IT project lead for projects with IT components, and serving as a subject matter expert for IT project management policies, procedures and processes. More details are available in the job posting and the duty statement.

The position has a monthly salary range of $7,893 to $10,576, and the application deadline is Sept. 6.

Caltrans is also seeking a senior IT business analyst (IT specialist II) to perform the analytical work of formulating business cases, feasibility studies and research analysis reports related to technology endeavors and to coordinate and consult with users, administrators and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology requirements.

According to the job posting and duty statement, the responsibilities of the role include “develop[ing] solicitation documents based on feedback gathered through IT project meetings,” and developing and/or reviewing “proposed scope of work of complex IT service contract requests including hardware, software and maintenance, and IT consulting services to ensure they adequately describe the work to be done.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $7,893 to $10,576, and the application deadline is Sept. 6.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is recruiting for a chief (IT manager I) of its Infrastructure Operations Section to manage network, server and storage infrastructure operations, maintenance and support services for the department.

The chief leads and manages all activities and staff in the section and has “independent and full leadership, responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, and directing staff and activities associated with complex analysis, design, acquisition, configuration, implementation and maintenance of the department’s server, network, storage, related infrastructure services, and infrastructure-related cloud-based collaboration and productivity subscription services,” the job posting states. Responsibilities of the role, according to the posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Provide organizational and technical expertise in leading the architecture, design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and administration of the department’s IT infrastructure and related services;
  • Perform cost and time estimations using structured methodologies;
  • Plan, budget, communicate, initiate, manage, lead and oversee the technical work performed by the technical team over all IT infrastructure work.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Sept. 2.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is recruiting for a lead enterprise architect (IT specialist III) to play “a vital role as an IT visionary and technology guru who will help to craft and implement mission-critical enterprise products.” The architect will work in the EDDNext modernization initiative.

“Under general direction of the EDDNext chief, the incumbent will be responsible for helping to lead design efforts; define end-to-end architectures; oversee and perform research studies and presentations that include recommendations and instructions for proposed implementations; formulate logical descriptions of problems; and recommend optimum solutions,” according to the job posting and duty statement.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • IT and business/industry work experience including architecture design and deployment, systems life cycle management, and infrastructure planning and operations.
  • Experience in Salesforce, Okta, or other low-code platforms.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture, business re-engineering principles and processes, and basic knowledge of financial models and budgeting.
  • Hands-on experience in one or more other architecture disciplines, such as application/solution, infrastructure/platform, and/or security application/solution and infrastructure architecture, is preferable.
  • Experience researching and recommending technologies, software and hardware to improve business processes at the enterprise level.
  • Experience leading a large team of diverse technical and operational subject matter experts delivering engineering, cybersecurity, software development, analytics, integration of cybersecurity solutions, and operations and maintenance.

The monthly salary range for this position is $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Sept. 1.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is seeking a health claims data chief (IT manager II) to manage “all activities of Health Research and Information Systems Services (HRISS) staff performing sensitive and complex analyses to develop the annual health plan rates, as well as maintaining and operating the CalPERS health care data warehouse known as the Health Care Decision Support System (HCDSS).”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Demonstrated experience with the collection, storage, management, quality and analysis of health-care data.
  • Knowledge of relevant health-care data applications, data solutions, and tools.
  • Strong management skills, particularly in the area of health-care data program administration.
  • Knowledge of health-care actuarial concepts and terminology.
  • Knowledge of California’s health-care delivery system and managed care industries.

More information about the position is available in the job posting and duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Sept. 7.

The California Department of Human Resources is seeking an IT procurement specialist (IT specialist I) to serve “as CalHR’s lead procurement specialist of major IT systems and services and (provide) consultative and expert support on all phases of the procurement process.”

According to the job posting, the IT procurement specialist “will lead, prepare and review the most complex IT procurements while ensuring adherence to state laws and regulations, executive orders, administrative orders, internal policies and procedures, and management memos in a fast-paced, challenging and customer-focused environment.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Knowledge of statewide procurement and contracting rules and practices
  • Knowledge of current IT systems environment, equipment, software and accepted industry practices
  • Ability to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and be diplomatic, organized, professional and discreet with stakeholders, executive team, the management team, and other state and departmental employees
  • Ability to perform technical system analysis, write technical reports and work with IT Division staff to implement management-approved IT system recommendations.

The position has a monthly salary range of $6,141 to $9,931, and the application deadline is Sept. 6. More information is available in the duty statement.
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.