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Departments Seeking Candidates for Executive, Security Roles

The California Public Utilities Commission and the Franchise Tax Board have opened recruitments for these key IT positions.

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Departments of state government are recruiting for key IT leadership positions.

The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for broadband. The incumbent plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Broadband Initiatives Branch and the Broadband, Video and Markets Branch “to achieve California’s and the commission’s policy and regulatory goals of serving the state with high-quality, affordable, reliable broadband service.”

“The deputy director advises the director, executive director and commissioners on policy and regulatory matters relevant to achieving the Broadband For All program and related initiatives,” the job posting says. Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Managerial and leadership experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and organize complex work for a team or division, including forecasting and building resource needs, allocating roles and responsibilities, establishing phases of implementation and evaluation, and using a range of decision-making models to attain successful implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience building and implementing programs and staffing aligned with an organization's core values, including diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as promoting successful teamwork and a collaborative work culture.
  • Experience leading a broadband or telecommunications program by establishing goals for the program and managing a team toward those goals, such as leading effective initiatives and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience using data and technology to build, monitor and evaluate program success.
  • Exemplary and strategic written and verbal communication skills, with experience communicating program accomplishments and challenges to senior management, elected and appointed officials, stakeholders and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to stand up efficient and effective processes to manage federal dollars flowing through the state to local governments and other grant recipients.

Additional details can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $16,821, and the application deadline is Oct. 20.

The state Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is recruiting for an information security risk officer (IT Specialist III) to be responsible for “extensive risk and information security oversight, reporting, governance, communications, education and consulting.”

“The individual provides advanced analysis to identify and/or prevent possible security breaches or data loss, ensuring that FTB’s systems and projects have the necessary requirements in place to ensure that FTB’s critical systems are secure from the latest attack vectors,” the job posting says.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Extensive IT security risk management knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge of the enterprise IT architectural concepts and patterns (e.g., baseline, validated design and target architectures).
  • Ability to apply cybersecurity principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).
  • Extensive knowledge of system and application security threats and vulnerabilities, security operations, cybersecurity tools, intrusion detection, threat hunting and secured networks.
  • In-depth understanding of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) and State Administrative Manual (SAM).
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or equivalent.

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Oct. 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.