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Local Governments Are on the Prowl for IT, Cyber Talent

The cities of Oakland, Oxnard and Calaveras County are searching for senior-level IT and cybersecurity professionals to join their ranks.

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Several local governments have recently put out calls for senior-level IT and cybersecurity professionals looking for public-sector benefits and six-figure salaries.

Those openings are in Oakland, Oxnard, and Calaveras County.

Oakland is looking for an Information Systems Manager II (security officer) to guide the Information Technology Department’s (ITD) Cybersecurity Division.

“This senior management position will oversee the Cybersecurity Division within ITD, including detect and respond; policy and governance; risk management and enterprise architecture; network security; and more,” the posting reads.

The position will entail managing large, “impactful” projects across multiple departments; providing complex network, software, and security support; and working with interdepartmental and intergovernmental groups to develop and implement policies and programs; among other duties.

The ideal candidate is (as written in the posting):

  • A seasoned information security leader who can manage a division within ITD.
  • An innovative and creative problem solver who can find technological and managerial solutions to security problems. 
  • A project manager who can deliver major, citywide projects aligned to the ITD Strategic Plan.
  • Customer service-focused and can lead teams that deliver exceptional customer service within ITD. 
  • Empathic with high levels of emotional intelligence and can lead a diverse, high-performing division within ITD with integrity.

The salary range is between $166,247.40 and $204,127.68 annually. The job was posted June 27 and closes at 11:59 p.m. July 28.

Calaveras County, a little more than an hour east of Stockton, is searching for an information technology director to lead a team of “18 collaborative IT professionals with diverse backgrounds and skills.”

“We are looking for a strong leader with excellent problem-solving skills who offers creative solutions, a high level of critical thinking, and can implement the overall information technology strategy in alignment with agency-wide goals and objectives,” the posting reads.

The position requires knowledge of the following (as written in the posting):

  • Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive information systems services program 
  • Local government and business principles, and how they integrate into information systems technology
  • Advanced principles and practices of computer science, information systems and telecommunications 
  • Methods and techniques of application development, system design and programming; operational characteristics of mainframe, client-server 
  • Federal, state and local laws and regulations affecting information systems and data security; and network operating systems

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, public administration, business administration, or a related field and a graduate degree in public administration or business administration is highly desirable.

Annual compensation for the position is between $130,187.20 and $158,267.20. The posting opened July 2 and will close at 11:59 p.m. July 28.

And finally, the city of Oxnard is looking for a senior cybersecurity engineer to “play a key role in shaping the city’s cybersecurity strategy and protecting the community’s data from evolving threats.”

The position includes the following duties (as written in the posting):

  • Security Architecture and Design: Develop and implement security architecture for new and existing systems, ensuring they meet the highest security standards and best practices.
  • Incidence Response: Lead the response to all security incidents including detection, containment, eradication and recovery.
  • Vulnerability Management: Work with the city strategic operations center to conduct regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify and remediate security weaknesses.
  • Threat Analysis and Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of security systems and networks to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Policy Documentation and Development: Develop and enforce cybersecurity policies and procedures embracing city standards and best practices.
  • Security Audits and Compliance: Perform security audits and ensure local government best practices and standards including GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, NIST and ISO 2007.
  • Security Awareness Training: Participate in developing and delivering security awareness training programs.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with IT and city of Oxnard units to integrate “best of breed” security into all aspects of the organization’s operations.

The annual salary for this position is between $111,394.61 and $148,525,94. The position was posted in late May and application reviews began June 12, though recruitment is continuous until a candidate is selected.
Eyragon is the Managing Editor for Industry Insider — California. He previously served as the Daily News Editor for Government Technology. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.