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Employment Department Launches Hiring Campaign for EDDNext

The Employment Development Department is recruiting specialists to work on the enterprise-level project, which aims to modernize and streamline its benefit systems.

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The state Employment Development Department (EDD) has launched a recruiting campaign for IT specialists, including those working in cybersecurity and architecture.

In all, EDD is seeking candidates for nine positions, all of which have an IT Specialist II or III classification. Five of the nine open positions are with EDDNext, the department’s campaign to modernize its benefit systems (Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave) by implementing a single integrated system that offers one portal into EDD’s services. The intention is to lower system maintenance costs while allowing a more agile and responsive solution for deployment of enhancements.

The department’s recruitment campaign is being helped by Sacramento-based CPS HR Consulting, which created an online “flipbook” with details on each of the nine roles in recruitment. CPS HR works with government agencies in California, Texas and other states, as well as the federal government.

The roles are:

IT Specialist II positions have a monthly salary range of $7,893 to $10,576. The range for IT Specialist III is $8,700 to $11,659. The application deadline for these positions is June 5. Each job posting contains details, desirable qualifications and other information.

The state Legislative Analyst’s Office, which provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature, noted in a March report that enterprise-level modernizations like EDDNext can pose a challenge for legislative oversight.

EDD, like several other large state agencies, has held virtual forums for vendors interested in proposing solutions to specific challenges. In March, EDD held one with the theme of “online identity proofing,” specifically related to the EDDNext project.
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.