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Privacy Agency Recruiting for Chief Information Officer

“The CIO organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities of IT staff and contractors,” the job posting says. “A key focus is supporting the agency in achieving strategic and tactical outcomes through the interactions between architecture, projects, vendors, and state teams.”

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The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is recruiting for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment).

The agency is seeking a CIO who will be “responsible for building and managing the CPPA IT organization, leading the development and management of CPPA IT strategy, supporting CPPA’s enterprise governance, supporting and leading the management of project delivery, overseeing and managing CPPA’s enterprise architecture, vendor/contract management, and overseeing IT administration activities.”

“The CIO is responsible for leading delivery of critical customer support services, driving solution architecture for the enterprise, leading IT operations governance processes, and supporting various customers in support of departmental business needs,” the job posting says. “The CIO organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities of IT staff and contractors. A key focus is supporting the agency in achieving strategic and tactical outcomes through the interactions between architecture, projects, vendors, and state teams.”

The responsibilities of the CPPA, according to the duty statement for the recruitment, include rule-making in a highly complicated, technical, sometimes contested, and nuanced area; supporting awareness across California’s diverse population on issues related to privacy and data security, including the new rights provided to them by the law; and preparing for meaningful administrative enforcement of those rights.

Core duties of the position include:
  • Directs the CPPA Information Technology Division. Manages overall IT posture and strategy, including overseeing IT vendor/contract management. Provides executive oversight of CPPA IT/security policy.
  • Oversees day-to-day IT operations, infrastructure development, security, maintenance, procurement, data and support. Oversees the effective and efficient development, implementation, maintenance and operations of all CPPA IT systems. Plans, organizes and directs the development and implementation of data and technology in support of CPPA business strategy.
  • Sets goals and objectives for the IT Division that are consistent with the agency’s mission; establishes workload priorities to meet agency needs; secures the appropriate staffing levels and classifications; and obtains the necessary tools (computer hardware and software, IT infrastructure and architecture, etc.) to effectively support the agency’s workforce.
  • Ensures policies and procedures are in compliance with federal and state mandates. Meets and confers with oversight agencies on IT matters, IT vendors on project development and implementation issues, and program stakeholders. Responds to requests from control agencies related to the IT functions of CPPA.

Desirable qualifications for applicants include:
  • Experience and expertise leading, implementing, and evaluating IT practices and policies, and establishing strategic goals for an IT program including vendor and stakeholder management.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage cutting-edge IT environment with high security and confidentiality requirements from the ground up: startup to enterprise.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules and standards relative to the state’s IT and digital services practices, including the State Administrative Manual (SAM) and the Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and leadership skills necessary to lead larger and complex technology projects.
  • Hands-on experience with support, tools, hardware and software including desktop, server, firewall, IDS, IPS, content filters, VPN, authentication and encryption, IT automation and cloud-based services.

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Sept. 29.
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.