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State Agencies Recruiting for Tech Leadership Roles

Departments seeking to fill key positions include the California Department of Aging, Covered California, the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Technology.

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Departments in state government are recruiting for several key positions, including managers and chiefs. And one department has extended its search for a chief information officer.

Covered California is seeking a section manager (IT Manager I) for the Information Security Section to plan, manage, direct and oversee all aspects of various IT projects that include a wide variety of IT functions, information systems, technology development, planning and consulting and systems integration.

The chief will be responsible “for the operational and administrative functions related to project management, including providing direction to each business lead, ensuring that the customers have the capability to perform their required business functions and ensuring that all data requirements, schedule dates, etc., are monitored,” the job posting says.

“You will thrive in this role if you are a collaborative leader with experience in managing all activities associated with the department’s information security program,” the posting says. “In addition, you have attained a reputable industry-related certification such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), or GIAC Security Leadership. Apply today to help us reach consumers and improve our consumer experience! We need your talent.”

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the job posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Experience in managing all activities associated with the department’s information security program;
  • Experience leading, managing and evaluating technical teams;
  • Experience in developing and adoption of information security policies, procedures and standards;
  • Advanced knowledge of information security technologies, tactics and trends;
  • Working experience managing information security risk programs including mitigation, assessments and audits;
  • Experience developing and executing information security tests including penetration tests.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Nov. 26.

The Employment Development Department is seeking a section chief (IT Manager I) to lead the Distributed Applications (DA) and Workforce Services Branch (WSB) Support Section, which supports “critical EDD applications and services in support of EDD’s program areas and external customers,” according to the job posting.

The section supports EDD’s CalJOBS system, Labor Market Information system and other critical applications. The chief oversees projects and activities “including modernizing legacy applications and guiding EDD when adopting new tools and technologies,” the posting says. “The incumbent will provide oversight and guidance to section staff to ensure that staff properly execute their duties and are aligned with EDD’s business vision and objectives.”

Desirable qualifications, according to the posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Strong writing, analytical and research skills with the ability to compose accurate, concise and detailed written determinations and proposed decisions;
  • The ability to communicate professionally and effectively, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to negotiate credibly and persuasively, with a variety of stakeholders;
  • The ability to lead, supervise, coordinate, train, motivate, appraise and develop staff;
  • The demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and effectively.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Nov. 30.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is recruiting to fill an IT Manager I position. The manager will coordinate and track strategic planning and initiative activities in the Office of Technology Services (OTech) and act as an adviser in conducting technical analysis, “including activities such as IT policy and program development, portfolio management, service performance management, process re-engineering, business analysis and product and delivery strategy,” according to the job posting.

The manager “will work closely with executive and service management, solution architects, technical staff from all service areas and platforms, account management staff, and project teams,” the posting says. The manager will work with other units and “provide leadership, guidance and solutions to allow for sustainable reporting of metrics supporting strategic plan goals, (and) system performance.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • A thorough understanding of strategic planning and typical customer issues and needs;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders, and to provide technical guidance to others and maintain the confidence of customers;
  • The ability to lead and direct other staff members of varying technical skills to manage projects of varying demands and requirements to successful completion;
  • Experience working on complex cross-divisional projects or implementation efforts.

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Nov. 27.

And the California Department of Aging has extended its recruitment for a chief information officer (CIO).

“The CIO will be responsible for facilitating the implementation of an enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) system for the aging network; ensuring interoperability with other systems that contain aging and disability data; creating public dashboards for transparency of aging data; helping to establish contact centers, including call services and websites, for access to aging and disability information and services; ensuring the department’s IT systems remain in compliance with federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements; ensuring that IT systems and the data contained within those systems adheres to federal and state security requirements; (and) overseeing all efforts related to the operation and management of the department’s core IT systems and new CRM system,” the job posting notes.

Additional details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The CIO role has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Nov. 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.