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Departments Seeking Expertise in GIS, Information Security, Project Management

Three state government departments — Technology, Child Support Services and Public Health — are recruiting for these key technology leadership positions.

Three state government departments — Technology, Child Support Services and Public Health — are recruiting for key technology positions.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is seeking a state geographic information officer (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the state’s Geographic Information System (GIS) program by leading the strategic development, management and utilization of geospatial information and data across the state.

“The state GIO’s scope of work encompasses the development and governance of high-quality geospatial data, management of the state’s GIS policies and programs, collaboration with stakeholders, collection, and dissemination of geospatial data, thought leadership and policy advocacy, and team management,” the job posting says. “By providing visionary leadership, fostering collaboration and ensuring the effective use of geospatial data and technologies, the GIO plays a pivotal role in advancing the state’s geospatial information management and driving innovation in geospatial applications and services.”

The main functions of this position, according to the posting and the duty statement, are:
  • Develop, implement and manage all aspects of the state’s GIS program and create and implement statewide policies and strategies related to geographic information and data. Provide thought leadership on opportunities to expand the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of geographic data statewide while promoting a data and innovation culture. Oversee the creation and implementation of statewide policies related to geospatial data privacy and security. Develop open data policies.
  • Lead the development, maintenance and promotion of high-quality geographic data, information, technology and governance throughout the state. Lead geographic data governance and the GIS Community of Practice. Oversee geographic data collection, development, visualization and publishing including from and to state agencies, the Legislature, municipalities and other state entities. Create and promote GIS services, including aerial imagery, elevation and parcel information.
  • Collaborate with CDT stakeholders and partner with the deputy chief technology innovation officer to create and enforce geospatial data standards, guidelines and procedures. Support economic development efforts through the availability of geographic data. Foster collaboration with state agencies, the Legislature, municipalities and other state entities for data sharing and integration. Support the availability and accessibility of geographic data to advance key state policy initiatives and the development and implementation of the state’s GIS strategy. Advocate for policy enhancements or adjustments to align geospatial data governance with industry standards and practices.
  • Serve as a member of the department’s executive staff, act as an adviser to the CDT director/state CIO and the chief deputy director/deputy state CIO and the department’s executive management team. Advise the executive staff on the state’s geospatial data and systems. Forge strong partnerships with department directors, agency information officers, departmental CIOs, presidents and vice presidents of private-sector companies, and executive staff to advance the state’s GIS agenda and initiatives.

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Nov. 2.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking a deputy chief information security officer (IT Manager I) to oversee the Enterprise Data Governance, Data Loss Prevention and Digital Forensics programs.

The DCISO manages Information Security Office staff and contractor activities, which include providing the technical and administrative expertise and oversight for the security and privacy aspects of the initiation, design, development, testing, operation and defense of CDPH electronic and physical data and IT environments from sources of disruption, ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts, according to the job posting and duty statement.

The department’s IT Services Division oversees “core functions of security governance, policy management, training/awareness, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, incident response and business continuity planning/recovery,” the posting says.

Desirable qualifications for the role include certifications for CISSP, CISM and digital forensics, in addition to experience in the following areas:
  • Information security governance strategies and methodologies and technical and administrative audits and assessments
  • Enterprise data loss prevention and management
  • Data governance frameworks and quality implementation road maps
  • Electronic records forensics
  • SAM 5300 policy and working knowledge of NIST 800-53, the HIPAA Security Rule and the HITECH Act.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Oct. 18.

The California Department of Child Support Services is recruiting for an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) section manager (IT Manager I) to plan, organize and direct all efforts related to IT projects, IT governance and enterprise portfolio management.

“The EPM section manager is responsible for continuous improvement and administration of EPM responsibilities using industry best practices, standards and disciplines,” the job posting says. Candidates’ applications must include a statement of qualifications addressing the following:
  • Describe how your knowledge, skills, abilities and education make you the most qualified candidate for this position, including your demonstrated knowledge of the project management framework or Project Management Institute standards, and your familiarity with the project life cycle approval process and requirements, as it pertains to the duties of the position.
  • Describe your IT governance and IT portfolio management experience, including how many years’ experience you have and the programs where your knowledge, skill and ability in the area of governance were successfully demonstrated.
  • Describe your knowledge and demonstrated ability at developing cross-functional or cross-organization project teams to ensure success.
  • Describe your knowledge and demonstrated ability in continuous improvement and change management practices.

More details about the position can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Oct. 14.
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.