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Executive, Information Security Roles in Recruitment by State Departments

Applications are being accepted by the state Office of Legislative Counsel, the California Department of Aging, and the Cradle-to-Career Data System.

Departments in state government are recruiting for some key technology positions, including an executive role and two positions in information security.

The Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC) is seeking a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the Legislative Data Center (LDC), with responsibility for IT services supporting the business of the member Capitol and district offices of the Legislature.

The OLC describes itself as “a small civil service department whose mission is to provide responsive nonpartisan and confidential legal services and information technology support services to the California State Legislature and in support of the legislative process.”

The incumbent will serve as deputy director of the Member Offices Division under OLC’s Customer Services Branch. The deputy director “participates in all policy and strategic planning activities for new or enhanced systems for the 120 legislators and their Capitol and district office staff,” the job posting says. “This position acts as a high-level adviser to the legislative counsel and the chief deputy directors and staff on applying information technology to the legislative process.”

In addition, according to the posting and the duty statement, the deputy director frequently coordinates demonstrations of the LDC’s IT products that are used for member offices to legislators, Legislative Counsel, chiefs of staff, high-ranking dignitaries from other public offices, executive branch agencies’ representatives, legislative staff from other states, local government agencies’ representatives and delegations from foreign countries.

Responsibilities of the role include:
  • Direct the activities of managers and high-level technology staff and business analysts in the division.
  • Evaluate needs; develop, modify and implement policies and procedures to meet legislative mandates and directives.
  • Meet with legislators, the chief information officers of the state Senate and Assembly, consultants and other high-level legislative staff to provide information, identify priorities, and resolve critical system problems (20 percent).
  • Prepare written reports and recommendations on LDC organization issues, policies, procedures and division policies, procedures and projects for the Legislative Counsel and chief deputy directors (10 percent).
  • Meet with Legislative Counsel, chief deputy directors, enterprise architect and deputy directors to resolve critical operational problems or to implement strategy (10 percent).

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Dec. 8.

The Office of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System (C2C) is recruiting for a chief information security officer (IT Manager II) to “help build a statewide system that brings together existing data with an aim of addressing barriers to opportunity from early learning, through K-12, college, and career.”

The CISO position is an executive management role, overseeing state staff and contractors’ efforts to “validate security-related functional and non-functional requirements and directing the maintenance and enforcement of security policies and standards to safeguard C2C systems, data, interfaces, and information processing infrastructure,” the job posting says, adding: “We are looking for a leader who is excited to build something new with a small, entrepreneurial team. Our ideal candidate is passionate about information security and risk management, collaborative, and experienced in implementing state, federal, and industry standards and best practices.”

Duties of the role include:
  • Working closely with system integrator contractors to ensure deliverables are met throughout the System Development Life Cycle.
  • Reporting to C2C’s executive team and project stakeholders, including data-sharing partners, on security risks and issues.
  • Leading the development, implementation and management of a comprehensive information security program and risk management program.
  • Managing security incidents and compliance reporting.

Desirable qualifications, according to the posting and duty statement, include:
  • Innovative ideas for informing cybersecurity and risk management with values like equity, transparency, collaboration, accountability, and curiosity.
  • A passion for improving the lives of young people, including empowering students, community members, researchers, and policymakers with actionable information and data systems.
  • Practical experience developing security policies and building new systems.
  • Highly organized and skilled at project-managing multiple work streams at the same time.
  • A track record of effective leadership and working collaboratively within an organization and across organizations

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $10,421 to $12,668, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is recruiting for an information security officer (IT Manager I) to oversee IT staff within the Information Security Branch and ensure the protection of information assets, including all data and systems.

CDA administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities and administers state and federal funds.

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • IT managerial or supervisory experience involving risk, information management, compliance and/or information security.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other information systems security certifications. Security certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) or other similar credentials.
  • In-depth knowledge of information security principles, frameworks and best practices such as ISO 27001, NIST Cyber Security Framework or CIS Controls.
  • Experience planning and/or implementing security governance and security policy within an organization.
  • In-depth applied understanding of security strategy, best practices, technologies, cybersecurity attack vectors and breach methods, system architecture, business continuity and technology recovery.

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