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Departments Seeking Project Chief, Portfolio Manager

Recruitments are underway by the state Office of Systems Integration and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

Two state departments are seeking to fill significant positions in technology leadership.

The Office of Systems Integration (OSI), part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, is seeking a chief (IT manager I) of enterprise infrastructure to work on the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS) Project, the consolidated system support for eligibility, enrollment and retention for Covered California and Medi-Cal.

OSI’s CalHEERS Project team provides oversight of the prime system integrator vendor that is tasked with the maintenance and operations of the CalHEERS system. The chief manages a group of IT specialists and state consultants to ensure that the CalHEERS architecture “fits within the state’s overall architecture strategy and meets the needs of the state, counties and other stakeholders,” according to the job posting.

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Knowledge and experience with enterprise infrastructure planning, implementation, and maintenance and operations of organizational IT infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of state security requirements and how those requirements are addressed within IT infrastructure.
  • Knowledge and experience with the requirements and design attributes associated with IT infrastructure.
  • Knowledge and experience with enterprise solutions to meet a variety of business needs with common platforms, tools, appliances, etc.
  • Knowledge of and experience in training, mentoring, establishing processes and procedures, and leading technical teams.

Duties and responsibilities of the role include:
  • Provide organizational and technical expertise in leading the architecture, design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and administration of the CalHEERS Project’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.
  • Provide team leadership and direction to team members, review their work efforts, verify compliance of their work with the requirements, and ensure best practices and standards are followed.
  • Identify team performance issues, provide necessary mentoring and coaching, and address issues if they cannot be resolved.

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 Dec. 3.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is seeking a project portfolio manager (IT manager II) to establish the rules and procedures for making portfolio decisions. The portfolio manager analyzes projects and portfolios proposed by business units and recommends the overall project portfolio including IT governance.

The manager “will initially focus on supporting and overseeing the activities associated with planning, designing, contract management, governance, testing, training, strategic vision, and implementing a large project such as the anticipated SB 54 (ensuring manufacturers reuse waste in products) project management and technical solution,” the job posting says. “This position provides oversight of work in all domains including oversight Business Technology Management, Client Services, and IT Project Management domains.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • In-depth knowledge of practices, principles and techniques of IT project and portfolio management.
  • Knowledge and experience in IT governance processes and procedures; contract and vendor management; and customer relationships management.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, coordination of people and resources.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate with project stakeholders, suppliers or sponsors to achieve project objectives.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct the activities of multi-disciplinary staff through subordinate managers and supervisors.

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is desirable, along with experience managing a large project portfolio. More information is available in the duty statement.

The monthly salary range for this role is $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 8.
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.