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State Department Recruiting for IT Deputy Director/CIO

The deputy director will serve as the primary policy adviser on IT-related strategic planning, as well as development and implementation of the department’s technology platforms, applications, systems, operations, support services, enterprise architecture and infrastructure.

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A large department in state government that oversees occupational licensing, regulation and consumer protection of a retail product is recruiting for a deputy director who will also serve as chief information officer.

The position is a career executive assignment within the new Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), which was created July 1 through the consolidation of three entities: the Bureau of Cannabis Control (which was under the Department of Consumer Affairs), the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (which was under the California Department of Food and Agriculture) and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (which was under the California Department of Public Health).

The new department oversees licensing and other administrative functions, along with commercial cannabis activity in California, including cannabis growth, manufacture, transport and tracking, sale and labeling.

The deputy director/CIO is responsible for a full range of IT services functions and has significant departmental influence, the job posting notes. “The incumbent will provide oversight and policy direction to the department’s IT operations, application support, information security, infrastructure and enterprise services, and California Cannabis Track and Trace (CCTT) Licensing systems,” the posting says. Duties include the following:

  • Serve as the primary policy adviser on IT-related strategic planning, as well as development and implementation of, and enhancements to, the department's technology platforms, applications, systems, operations, support services, enterprise architecture and infrastructure.
  • Manage the maintenance of legacy licensing system and oversee the development of a single licensing application system, public-facing and internal websites, security, network and production support, project management office, client/customer services, telecommunications, enterprise architecture, database administration, implementation support, change management, quality assurance and testing, and client server applications functions.
  • Represent the department at various forums/organizations that address the state’s IT issues and related policy (i.e., IT Council, Department of Technology Customer Council meetings, California Government Enterprise Network Board meetings, Statewide Enterprise Leadership committees and the National Association of State CIOs).

Administratively, the deputy director has full responsibility for directing the IT Services Division. The deputy director has complete delegated authority to act on behalf of the chief deputy director in the full range of policy and administrative duties as appropriate.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,831 and $12,903, and the application deadline is Aug. 23. More information is available in the duty statement.
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.