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Governor’s Office Recruiting for Deputy Secretary Position in State Transportation Agency

The California Privacy Protection Agency, meanwhile, is seeking qualified applicants for the role of chief information officer.

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State government has opened recruitment for two executive leadership positions — one in transportation, and the other in privacy protection.

The Governor’s Office is taking applications for appointment as deputy secretary for innovative mobility solutions in the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the sprawling entity that encompasses the California Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and several other large departments.

The deputy secretary “is responsible for coordinating CalSTA efforts to promote the deployment of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions to maximize safety and mobility across all modes of transportation,” according to Ismael Contreras, deputy appointments secretary in the Office of the Governor. Contreras posted the notice on LinkedIn this week.

“The incumbent will assist in the formulation of CalSTA policy, make recommendations to the secretary, oversee the preparation of issue papers recommending administration policies related to technology and innovation, and review department programs for consistency with established policies,” Contreras posted. “In addition to working with internal agency and department stakeholders, the incumbent is expected to work with key external stakeholders, including local, state and federal agencies and private entities.”

The annual salary range for this role is $155,760 to $173,484. Candidates seeking this position, which is appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, should go to the applications website and select “Transportation Agency, Dep Sec Innovative Mobility Solutions” under position sought. For more information, email Contreras.

The California Privacy Protection Agency has opened recruitment for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) to assume responsibility for the IT Services Division (ITSD) and the IT activities that support the agency’s lines of business. They include IT Security and Privacy Services; IT Administration, Project and Procurement Management; and IT Core Services, which encompass IT Customer Support Services; Enforcement; Application, Web and Data Services; and IT Infrastructure Services.

The CIO is “the highest level of IT authority within the agency and has broad authorization for formulating and implementing IT policies and practices,” according to the job posting and duty statement. The CIO “is responsible for the development of CPPA’s IT strategic direction, technology operations, digital initiatives and technology recovery plans and programs that support and align with the business goals and objectives of the CPPA.”

Candidates should have strong leadership and communication skills and a “willingness to adapt to changing technologies, threats and trends.” Other desirable qualifications include:
  • Strong knowledge of California Department of Technology Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) policies and the California Department of General Services State Administration Manual (SAM).
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Azure EntraID (Azure Active Directory), Microsoft Windows server administration and installation.
  • Strong knowledge of various cloud computing technology platforms (e.g., Zero-Trust Architecture, Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service).
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of information security.

Applicants should also complete a statement of qualifications addressing four points:
  • Describe your experience in leading IT operations and management including the deployment of modern IT services, applications, and hardware across an agency or division.
  • Describe your experience analyzing and implementing policies and determining their impact on a government program and/or technology. Please describe a time you had to implement a new policy.
  • Describe your experience with large-scale (multimillion-dollar) projects that you managed through implementation in which you analyzed and developed a complex project plan and budget to ensure the project was completed on time and within available resources.
  • Describe your work experience supervising or leading staff on highly complex IT initiatives or projects.

The monthly salary range for this position is $11,435 to $13,623, and the application deadline is March 18.
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.