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State Agencies Recruiting for Leadership Roles

Departments are seeking a chief information officer, a branch chief and a product owner.

State agencies are recruiting for several key leadership positions in technology.

The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is seeking a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) to administer the agency’s IT strategic planning process and develop and implement IT policies. Additionally, the CIO provides advice and guidance to the executive leadership and the board on IT-related matters and represents the agency in statewide IT initiatives.

“The CIO is 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 job posting says.

In addition, “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,” according to the posting and the duty statement. “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.”

CPPA, created in 2020, is a mission-driven agency charged with protecting Californians’ consumer privacy and data security. CPPA is the first data protection authority in the United States, working to address some of the most important issues facing Californians. California’s privacy law provides consumers with the right to access, delete and stop the sale of their personal information. As part of its mission, CPPA is responsible for educating the public about consumers’ rights and businesses’ obligations under the CCPA, adopting regulations in furtherance of the CCPA, and enforcement of the CCPA.

Desirable qualifications for the CIO include:
  • Experience leading an IT program and 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 a 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 Administration Manual (SAM) and the State Information Management Manual (SIMM).
  • 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 monthly salary range for this role is $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Oct. 31.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is seeking a chief (IT manager II) for the Office of Information Services’ (OIS) Project Management Office (PMO) branch.

The PMO is responsible for leading the most complex CARB IT projects and contracts, managing an average of more than $100 million in IT projects each year and promoting the use of standardized project management methodologies, business analysis methodologies, and best practices throughout the organization, according to the job posting. The PMO branch is also responsible for best practices in organizational change management and lean processes.

According to the posting: “The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of experience and knowledge in the practices, principles, and techniques of IT project and portfolio management. Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to perform IT governance activities. Have experience and knowledge of the state’s CA-PMM and PMBOK project management methodologies and PAL (project approval lifecycle) reporting requirements. Knowledge and experience in IT governance processes and procedures; contract and vendor management; and customer relationships management. Knowledge of state IT policies and direction. Strong communication, leadership, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Highly collaborative, with keen ability to listen to other perspectives and work as a team to identify and deliver solutions. Experience using both agile and waterfall framework methodologies. Highly desirable candidates will have Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and experience managing a large project portfolio.

The monthly salary range for this position is $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Oct. 25. Additional details can be found in the duty statement.

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is seeking an All-Hazards Dashboard product owner (IT manager I) to be responsible for recommending, formulating or administering organizational IT policies and programs and for planning, organizing and directing the work of state staff and contractors assigned to the All-Hazards Dashboard product development team.

“The All-Hazards Dashboard product owner leads a dynamic, blended team of state staff and contractors to develop and deliver a data visualization solution to present near-real time data gathered from across CalHHS departments as well as data provided by other state agencies where appropriate,” the job posting says.

The All-Hazards Dashboard provides a single place to view a comprehensive, geospatial view of current emergency events (e.g., wildfires, public safety power shutoffs and earthquakes) and their impact on California’s population, at-risk program clients and agency-licensed facilities.

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Oct. 22.
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.