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GovOps Seeks Assistant Secretary; Departments Recruit for Chiefs

The California Department of Transportation and the Department of Health Care Services are accepting applications for key leadership roles.

State agencies are recruiting to fill a variety of technology positions, including executive and specialty roles.

The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) is seeking an assistant secretary of innovation (Career Executive Assignment) to develop, interpret and implement policy and provide leadership and consultation on government improvement and accountability projects.

“The incumbent recommends innovative policies, processes, legislation and regulations on a broad range of statewide governmental operational issues, which cross departmental lines and involve high-level policy-making responsibilities,” the job posting says. “The position develops standards and performance metrics for the evaluation of agency programs and promotes innovation and cost-saving efficiencies throughout state government.” In addition, this position will serve as a member of GovOps Secretary Amy Tong’s top advisory team. Tong, a member of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Cabinet, is the former state chief information officer and director of the California Department of Technology (CDT).

GovOps oversees state operations including procurement, information technology and human resources, and it oversees the Office of Administrative Law, California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System, State Personnel Board, Victim Compensation Board, Department of General Services, CDT, Department of Human Resources, Franchise Tax Board, Department of FI$Cal, the Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the Office of Digital Innovation and the Cradle-to-Career Data System.

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Ability to reason logically and creatively
  • Ability to develop and maintain a level of professional integrity to ensure that the best interests of the Government Operations Agency are served
  • Ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of policy formulation and development
  • Possession of excellent judgment, political sensitivity, written and verbal communication skills, as well as highly developed interpersonal public relations, analytical and decision-making skills
  • Deep commitment to ethnic, gender and cultural diversity and inclusion in the workforce

More details can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $11,463, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking a chief (IT Manager II) of the Enterprise Operation Services Branch, which encompasses the Application Architecture, Legacy Systems and Bimodal Support and the Mobile/Web Applications and Operational Support sections. The chief has full management responsibility for organizing, planning, directing and controlling all activities within the day-to-day operations of the branch. The incumbent will have two IT Manager I direct reports who manage 49 staff members.

The chief, as a partner and in collaboration with the chief of the Enterprise Application Services Branch, oversees the most complex enterprise applications and architecture for the department and has responsibility for policies, standards, processes and procedures for the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and operation of Caltrans’ major and critical IT systems, according to the job posting.

Duties of the position generally include leadership, management and supervision, and policy and planning. More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of 10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is April 5.

The Department of Health Care Services is seeking a chief (IT Manager I) to oversee the Project Management and Oversight Section to develop and communicate IT policies and procedures for initiating, planning, procuring, executing and closing IT projects in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Technology, Department of Finance, and Department of General Services. This position, according to the job posting and duty statement, supports the IT project governance committees in the development and implementation of IT governance policies.

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Experience in project management leadership for a major enterprise-wide modernization project involving the implementation of a new system.
  • Experience in agile methodology for software development-driven solutions.
  • Possession of a PMP Certification, or other formal project management certification(s).
  • Leadership experience in managing and overseeing multiple complex activities involving large IT projects that involve planning, implementation and ongoing post-production support.
  • Experience facilitating collaboration and problem solving across various stakeholder groups who have different, sometimes conflicting, priorities.
  • Experience in procurement, contract and vendor management; budget; human resources; business technology; and customer relations management.
  • Experience in reporting project status updates to oversight agencies.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,951 to $11,512, and the application deadline is March 23.
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.