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State Agency Recruiting for 2 Deputy Director Roles

Both positions, in California Correctional Health Care Services, call for familiarity with technology and with the mission of the department, which provides and manages dental, medical and mental health services for those incarcerated in California’s 34 state detention facilities.

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The state agency that provides and manages dental, medical and mental health services for those in California’s 34 state detention facilities is recruiting for two deputy director positions, both related to technology.

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) in seeking a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for IT Project Management, Administration and Acquisition Services. Applicants for this position must demonstrate an ability “to perform high administrative and policy-influencing functions effectively,” according to the job posting. The duty statement notes, “Your creativity and ingenuity are encouraged.”

This deputy director “provides leadership, guidance and strategic direction to staff in the Project Management, Administration and Acquisitions Services (PMAAS) Branch, and provides administrative advice to executives and business partners,” the duty statement says. “This branch encompasses the Project Management Office, IT Acquisitions and Contract Management, Budget Management, Portfolio Management and Governance, Invoice Payment, Asset Management, Enterprise Architecture, Policy Development, Human Resources and other administrative functions.”

The deputy provides leadership, management and strategic direction to support the department’s IT business and clinical needs, including oversight for acquisition of IT goods and services and “developing and implementing needed policies, processes and procedures to conform to state procurement policy, rules and regulations,” the duty statement says. In addition, the deputy leads and oversees the Project Management Office and the Portfolio Management and Executive IT Governance Board.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated experience in data processing, hardware platforms, enterprise software applications, enterprise architecture and outsourced systems.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, particularly in policy and program direction, and demonstrated ability to monitor workloads and accomplish stated objectives.
  • Experience in the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures and programs related to IT.
  • Experience in strategic planning, project management, budget management, quality assurance and program evaluation.
  • Experience with systems design and development from business requirements analysis through day-to-day management.
  • Knowledge of CCHCS’ organization, goals, functions and policies; an understanding of state administrative, legislative and budgetary procedures; and familiarity with current management trends, including customer service, business organization and operations and project management.

The monthly salary range for this position is $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Feb. 2.

CCHCS’ second executive recruitment is for a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for IT Infrastructure Services, and among the requirements is familiarity “with the global perspective of the department’s health care IT business enterprise,” according to the job posting, and with computer systems, data processing concepts, production operations, configuration management and change control.

Other desirable qualifications include:
  • Have specific knowledge of all electronic data processing equipment and its capabilities and interfaces between hardware and software; and have experience managing or directing the configuration, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and implementation of large network data and telecommunications systems.
  • Have management/supervisory skills, including communications skills, project management skills, and knowledge of IT services management. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Perform at the mastery level and have a thorough grasp of emerging industry trends, technical issues, system components, protocols and architectures. The incumbent is recognized as an expert in his or her area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership competencies. The incumbent works closely with the division’s management team “to develop tactical plans and process improvement initiatives directed at meeting the department’s business objectives and established performance measures,” the posting says. “To be successful in this arena, the incumbent is expected to possess an advanced level of knowledge of the department’s mission and business functions; to understand process management characteristics of ownership, measurement control, optimization, continuous improvement, definition, design and documentation; to understand project management principles; and to be customer-focused and service-oriented.
  • Exemplary communication skills, both written and verbal, and an ability to produce positive results under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently, flexibly and tactfully, and to lead by example and gain the respect of others.

The monthly salary range for this position is also $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Feb. 2.
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.