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Justice Among State Departments Recruiting for IT Leadership Roles

Positions in recruitment include assistant division chief, bureau director and enterprise project management officer. Two of the roles are Career Executive Assignments, and two are for IT Manager II candidates.

Four executive leadership roles are in recruitment by key departments in state government.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking an assistant chief (Career Executive Assignment) of the California Justice Information Services Division, who will serve as a program expert, among other roles. The assistant chief will also oversee two business operations bureaus (the Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis and the Justice Data and Investigative Services Bureau) and the three IT bureaus within CJIS (the Enterprise Services Bureau, the Application Development Bureau and the Technology Support Bureau).

Desirable qualifications for this position include experience with:
  • Development and implementation of policies and procedures related to IT and business strategies
  • Reviewing new and proposed IT-related legislation to provide impact analyses and recommendations on changes to policies and procedures
  • Providing executive-level consultation and policy guidance on matters related to IT services and business processes
  • Contract management and authorizing procurements and contracts
  • Creating a clear vision and motivating initiatives at a senior manager level or higher, within all levels associated with the development and management of IT systems and regulatory programs
More information is available in the job posting and duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $19,321, and the application deadline is Nov. 8.

DOJ is also seeking a bureau director (Career Executive Assignment) for the Enterprise Services Bureau, responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of the bureau’s two branches — the Enterprise Support Branch and the Project Management and Procurement Branch.

“The bureau director establishes a strategic vision for the coordinated planning, acquisition and development of cost-effective information technology solutions to business problems,” according to the job posting, and “serves as the principal administrator of the centralized IT services by defining the primary business strategies and policies that guide the IT desktop management for the department.”

The director is also responsible for “advocating legislative solutions and representing the bureau and division before the legislature, governmental agencies and public and private organizations,” the posting says. “As a member of the executive staff, the bureau director plays an active role in long-range planning and provides much of the technical direction in establishing policies and procedures.”

Desirable qualifications, according to the posting and the duty statement, include experience with:
  • Managing and supervising a large, highly technical interdisciplinary team
  • Developing and implementing IT strategies at the organization level
  • Serving as a liaison between a large governmental agency, other state and federal agencies, professional law enforcement agencies and/or other associations
  • IT strategic planning efforts intended to mitigate risk to the organization, increase efficiency or eliminate duplication of efforts
  • Developing and implementing policies related to the areas of data processing and the criminal justice information technology systems
The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Nov. 8.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is seeking an enterprise project management officer (IT Manager II) to drive the establishment of project management processes, procedures and standards; optimize resource efficiency; maintain the OPR project portfolio; and align technology initiatives with OPR’s business goals.

The officer will also “support OPR strategic and tactical plans and participate as a supervisory or team member on cross-functional projects of the highest complexity and scope,” the job posting says. “This position serves as the incident manager and as a management team member participating in ITS standards and procedures development.”

OPR serves the governor and their cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency. Desirable qualifications for this role, according to the posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Project Management Professional certification (PMP) and experience in recommending, developing and implementing policies and procedures and taking effective action
  • Managerial experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully apply organizational leadership, communicate clearly, facilitate decision-making, promote teamwork and define and achieve success across multidisciplinary stakeholder interests
  • Experience facilitating collaboration across various stakeholder groups who have different, sometimes conflicting, priorities
  • A solid background in project management is essential, including managing complex projects and large teams and overseeing multiple projects simultaneously
This position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Nov. 25.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest public pension fund, is seeking an assistant division chief (IT Manager II) in the Information Security Division “to spearhead the development and implementation of comprehensive security strategies, policies and practices that protect [the] organization from emerging cyber threats.”

The job posting states: “Working alongside the chief information security officer, you will lead a team of dedicated professionals, ensuring the highest levels of cybersecurity throughout our organization.”

Desirable qualifications, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Experience leading security teams, setting security strategies and managing security operations
  • Strong communication skills to articulate security requirements and solutions to diverse audiences
  • Strong understanding of security technologies, incident response, risk management and compliance with relevant regulations
In addition to completing an online job application, candidates must provide a statement of qualifications. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled. CalPERS expects to hold virtual interviews the week of Nov. 27.
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.