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High-Speed Rail Authority Is Recruiting for Chief Technology Officer

The CTO will be responsible for establishing the Authority’s technology road map and standards, providing technical direction, and supporting innovation across the organization. In addition, the incumbent will also serve as chief of the IT Enterprise Services Division.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is recruiting for a chief technology officer (CTO) to oversee its IT Enterprise Services Division, consisting of Data Services, Infrastructure Operations, and Desktop and Mobile support.

The High-Speed Rail Authority CTO (IT manager II) “will establish the technology roadmap, establish standards, provide technical direction, and support innovation across the organization,” the job posting says. The CTO “provides leadership and technical direction to technology professionals in support of data management, legacy and cloud infrastructure, and end user support.”

According to the job posting and duty statement, the desirable qualifications for the CTO, who will also function as chief of the IT Enterprise Services Division, include:
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of staff, management and vendor partners; and to communicate effectively with executive leadership, peers, end users, technical staff and partners, oversight agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to prepare or direct the preparation of clear and concise documentation (e.g., architecture diagrams, technology recovery plans, security plans and policies, road maps, business case justification, etc.);
  • Ability to research and conduct analysis of technical solutions and provide recommendations that support the Authority’s technical direction;
  • Knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and network architecture;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the state budgeting process; and
  • Ability to act tactfully in difficult situations; negotiate and resolve issues without confrontation; follow, lead, and coach others; and communicate in a clear and concise manner.

The CTO will spend about 40 percent of their time managing the Enterprise Services Division, 30 percent on CTO-specific job functions, 20 percent on administrative and management responsibilities, and 10 percent on other duties.

The job posting includes an advisory stating that the CTO “has broad decision-making authority. Consequence of error at this level may have statewide and enterprise-wide impacts. Consequences include lost funding, failed business strategy, poor customer service, risk exposure, and loss of business continuity.”

More details about the role are available in the job posting and duty statement. Applicants must also complete a statement of qualifications, which is detailed in the posting. The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is March 3.
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.