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State Department Recruiting for CIO/Deputy Director

Desirable qualifications include “experience in leadership with a large multi-discipline and geographically distributed staff and the ability to demonstrate and enable collaboration, team building, creativity, innovation, and sound judgment.”

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A California state government department that provides treatment for people sent to it through the criminal courts system is seeking a new technology leader.

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is recruiting for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) who would also serve as deputy director of the Technology Services Division.

The CIO “serves as the key strategic and policy adviser to the executive team and deputy directors regarding automation issues, policies and trends, and participates in the development of overall departmental strategies, policies, and priorities,” the job posting says. The incumbent will be responsible for policy formation and implementation for the department’s statewide IT systems and operations and “plans, organizes and directs the development, operation, security and maintenance of IT systems, data management, IT program management, strategic planning and IT procurement.”

In addition, the posting notes, “the deputy director, under the guidance of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) information officer, ensures the department’s IT strategies, policies and implementation are in alignment with the CalHHS strategic plan and in alignment with the policy requirements of the (California) Department of Technology.”

Desirable qualifications, according to the posting and duty statement, include:
  • Well-developed communication and exceptional interpersonal skills with the organization’s executive teams, external partners, vendors and control agencies.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the principles of IT industry standards; best practices; IT procurement strategies; budget/fiscal development and management; planning and coordination including IT systems design, programming, project management, operations and control; and information security.
  • Experience in enterprise-wide transformation projects founded on technology but centered on defining common policies and practices. Experience with change management and stakeholder facilitation.
  • Experience leading and managing IT projects and facilitating project and program governance. Experience in developing a product from concept through funding, implementation, and continuous delivery utilizing the California Project Approval Lifecycle, the governor’s budget process, and agile project management principles.
  • Experience facilitating, leading and managing large business re-engineering efforts, which will add, modify and/or replace IT systems. As a result, reach the goals and the objectives of the department, agency and state by increasing reliability, business process re-engineering, and economic improvements. In addition, experience in developing and implementing policies, programs and procedures and resolving complex problems.
  • Experience in leadership with a large multi-discipline and geographically distributed staff and the ability to demonstrate and enable collaboration, team building, creativity, innovation and sound judgment while facilitating a group of professionals and a complex IT services program.

The position has a monthly salary range of $12,329 to $13,998, and the application deadline is Dec. 12.

The CIO role had been held by Andrew Hinkle, who was in that role for three years before moving in September to the private sector. Hinkle joined Armis, a security-focused provider of platforms, asset management and integrations, in the role of client executive.
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.