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State Agencies Recruiting for CIO, Branch Chief

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is seeking a chief information officer, and the Department of Health Care Services is recruiting for a branch chief.

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State agencies are recruiting for several key IT leadership roles.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is recruiting for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) who can provide “vision and leadership” to the department’s IT Services Branch.

“The CIO provides recommendations on the IT strategic planning process and develops and implements IT policies” to meet the department’s needs, according to the job posting. “The CIO is responsible for building and managing the CalRecycle IT organization, leading the development and management of CalRecycle IT strategy, supporting CalRecycle’s enterprise governance, supporting and leading the management of project delivery, overseeing and managing CalRecycle’s enterprise architecture, vendor/contract management, and overseeing IT administration activities.”

In addition, according to the posting and the duty statement: “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 meeting departmental IT business needs. The CIO organizes, directs and evaluates the activities of IT staff and contractors.”

Desirable qualifications for this role include:
  • Experience leading an IT program
  • Experience leading, implementing and evaluating IT practices and policies, establishing strategic goals for an IT program including vendor and stakeholder management.
  • Ability to build and manage a cutting-edge IT environment with high security and confidentiality requirements from startup to enterprise.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules and standards relative to the state’s IT practices, including the State Administration Manual (SAM) and the State Information Management Manual (SIMM).
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge in leadership including strong verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal problem-solving skills, and skills necessary to lead larger and complex technology projects.
  • Experience with customer service, support, tools, hardware and software.

The position has a monthly salary range of $9,471 to $19,557, and the application deadline is March 10.

The Department of Health Care Services, part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, is seeking a chief (IT Manager II) for the Enterprise Strategy and Services Branch, “leading consultations with business and IT executives and leadership on technical solutions to solve business and IT problems.”

The job posting says: “If you love challenges, working with customers, and want to put your critical thinking, strategic and problem solving skills to work, this could be the position for you.”

The chief “serves as the chief enterprise architect supporting the entire organization including external departments that integrate with the Medi-Cal program,” the job posting notes. The chief “is responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic vision, policy planning, governance structure and execution, goal setting, and integration of enterprise architecture into project solutions for the department and its partners.” In addition, the chief “collaborates directly with the department’s program area senior/executive team … to envision and execute the IT strategic and enterprise architecture roadmap.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Ability to set policy, strategic direction and best practices in the delivery of complex digital applications and information technology products.
  • Demonstrate strong influencing, negotiation and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation).
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking skills to guide decision-making and managing challenging problems and issues before recommending solutions.
  • Ability to identify and troubleshoot issues and mitigate risks that become barriers to timely completion of DHCS strategic priorities and workloads.
  • Highly organized and analytical, with the ability to manage workflow in a deadline-oriented environment.

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is March 9.
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.