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Key State Departments Recruiting for Tech Positions

Positions are open in departments dealing with education, transportation, health and public procurement.

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Departments in state government dealing with education, transportation, health and public procurement are recruiting for key positions.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking candidates for chief technology officer (IT Manager II) to take on overall management and technical leadership responsibilities for the planning, organizing, coordinating and directing of the critical department-wide IT operations, project management, and IT procurements for CDE headquarters, CDE remote locations, the State Special Schools sites, and the State Board of Education.

Primary duties of the position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Technical leadership: Responsible for the continual development and improvement of IT operations at a department-wide level to allow CDE’s IT environment to operate at peak efficiency while securing the department’s digital assets. Oversee budgetary matters and recommend procurement decisions to ensure critical IT goods and services are available in current and future years.
  • Management and supervision: Serve as the leader of IT operations, infrastructure and procurements, and be responsible for management and supervision of staff in the areas of network infrastructure, email and server infrastructure, distribution and support of end-user computing devices and software applications, telecommunications and virtual conferencing, IT project management, and IT procurements through subordinate managers/supervisors or a direct staff reporting structure.
  • Project management: Serve as the subject matter expert and project leader for the most complex IT projects to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Make presentations to CDE executive leadership on the progress and impact of the IT projects to CDE at a department-wide level.

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Jan. 17.

The California Department of General Services is recruiting for a privacy program officer (IT Manager I) to report to the chief information officer and to lead, plan, direct and implement DGS’ privacy program and ensure the appropriate handling of personal information in accordance with law and policy.

“This position acts as a consultant on privacy impact for departmental programs, systems, processes, and initiatives to ensure federal and state privacy compliance requirements are met throughout the System Development Life Cycle,” the job posting notes. According to the duty statement, key functions of this role include:
  • Provide leadership and direction for an enterprise-wide privacy program.
  • Mentor staff by providing support and feedback utilizing performance monitoring tools such as probationary reports and individual development plans in order to promote opportunities for advancement, increase staff performance and to ensure the retention of qualified employees.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Jan. 19.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking a vice president of digital channels, to be chosen after a departmental open examination administered through the Special Examination and Appointment (SEA) program, which uses an alternative examination and selection process for filling specified positions.

According to the job posting, the vice president of the Digital Channels Branch (DCB) serves as the chief over the following areas:
  • Business Online Services, responsible for maintaining the department’s web presence.
  • The Publishing Section, responsible for the production of all driver’s license and vehicle registration materials.
  • The Translation Services Section, responsible for in-house Spanish translation for digital and print media. The vice president will coordinate with vendors to provide translations for more than 32 additional languages.

Candidates should be prepared to:
  • Describe your demonstrated ability to lead high-performing cross-functional teams to meet high priority and time sensitive project deadlines, and your experience in creating a culture of innovation.
  • Describe your demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions in enhancing the user experience, digital service delivery, digital channel optimization, and staff operations.
  • Describe your well-developed interpersonal skills and your demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with subordinate staff, executive management, stakeholders, and private industry partners.
  • Describe your experience in establishing objectives to meet strategic goals and your demonstrated ability to measure outcomes against established performance measures.
  • Describe your experience with public administration, including personnel management, budgeting, and vendor contract management.
  • Describe your experience in implementing and maintaining compliance with federal or state laws, policies, or standards.

More details are available in the duty statement. This position has a monthly salary range of $9,885 to $11,226, and the application deadline is Jan. 24.

The California Department of Public Health is seeking an enterprise innovation architect (IT Specialist III) to research and develop various architecture models, diagrams and artifacts related to cloud computing, platform services, DevSecOps and business architecture.

The architect will communicate, train and educate the business and IT team stakeholders on various innovation initiatives that CDPH is undertaking. In addition, the incumbent will lead special projects and/or existing maintenance and operations teams to guide, coach and provide architecture direction; and lead architecture board committees to research, recommend and set architecture standards and direction.

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the job posting, include:
  • In-depth experience in various domains of enterprise architecture (business, data, application and infrastructure).
  • Experience with the Project Management Office and its functions.
  • In-depth hands-on work in various phases of traditional System Development Lifecycle (SDLC), lean, agile and modern DevSecOps.
  • Experience with products such as Sparx Systems Architect, Salesforce, MuleSoft, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Power Platform, Databricks, Tableau, Microsoft PowerBI, ServiceNow, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft DevOps.
  • Experience in various support functions such as business relationship management, performance management, IT service management and strategic planning.

More information is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Feb. 8.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.