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State Departments Recruiting for CIO, CTO, Executive, Specialty Positions

The vacancies are in the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Departments in state government are recruiting for several key executive, leadership and specialty positions.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is seeking a chief information officer/director (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the day-to-day administration of all activities related to the planning, organizing and directing of the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD).

According to the job posting, responsibilities include “the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies and processes related to overall IT control for the CPUC. The director/CIO works closely with the executive director, deputy executive directors and senior management team to develop policies, standards, processes, procedures and tools affecting all programs and activities.”

The position may be filled in Sacramento or San Francisco, the posting notes, and may be eligible for telework. Desirable qualifications include:
  • Senior and/or executive level management, with 10 or more years of experience in overseeing multiple IT domains such as business technology management, client services, information security engineering, IT project management, software engineering and/or system engineering.
  • Budget, contract and policy oversight, with five or more years of experience managing IT budgets and contracts worth $10 million and up.
  • Experience in the implementation and management of a multimillion-dollar, large-scale IT automation projects that spanned multiple years.
  • Experience using different strategies and techniques for soliciting input from an organizational division and communicating critical program and/or policy changes in an expeditious manner, and working with a variety of individuals including governmental and/or industry groups using excellent interpersonal skills to provide effective verbal and written communication to present information logically, clearly and concisely.
  • Experience managing teams of 25 or more multidisciplinary professionals and administrative staff.

The monthly salary range is $11,435 to $13,623, and the application deadline is July 31.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is seeking a senior cyber defense forensics analyst (IT Specialist III) to play a key role in reducing “the number of cybersecurity incidents that could potentially damage California’s economy, critical infrastructure and computer networks.”

According to the job posting, the incumbent “will use your advanced forensics expertise and leadership skills to lead incident response efforts and enhance cybersecurity resilience across California’s public and private sectors.”

Key responsibilities include:
  • Leading incident response, threat identification and security assessment efforts.
  • Conducting advanced digital forensics investigations and analyzing data from various sources to identify cyber threats.
  • Collaborating with security teams, vendors and partner agencies.
  • Developing and implementing cybersecurity strategies and incident response plans.
  • Staying current with emerging cybersecurity technologies and threat landscapes.

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Extensive experience in IT and cybersecurity leadership roles.
  • Expert knowledge of advanced cybersecurity, digital forensics and incident response.
  • Strong understanding of federal and state cybersecurity regulations.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability to manage large-scale, multi-agency cybersecurity projects.

More details can be found in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $8,961 to $12,009, and the application deadline is July 17.

The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) is seeking an information security compliance manager (IT Manager I), who will oversee cloud and on-premises information security technology systems and services, information security operations and incident response, information security audits and assessments, information security policy and procedure, and information security compliance and reporting.

“Your work as a team member in the Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI) is to support DMHC’s mission to protect consumers’ health-care rights and ensure a stable health care delivery system,” the job posting says. “Our goal is to be the best and most innovative technology office within the state of California!”

Desirable qualifications for the role, according to the posting and duty statement, include:
  • Security project management/implementation.
  • Experience in incident response planning and coordination.
  • Experience with writing and updating policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of secure coding practices, security hardening, network designs, implementation recommendations, and troubleshooting of cloud and on-premises architecture.
  • Background in risk management, audit and compliance management, information security governance, incident management and reporting, policy management, security awareness, education, and training.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,849 to $11,857, and the recruitment will continue until the role is filled.

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DOC) is seeking candidates for two key roles.

DOC is seeking an assistant deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for the Office of Information Services who will also serve as chief technology officer. The incumbent will manage network services, the cybersecurity program, server administration, enterprise application development, web services, the service desk and mobile phone units.

According to the job posting, desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Managing IT programs such as network services, cloud migration, server administration, web services, application development, service desk and/or mobile phones for medium to large organizations and across disparate departments. Developing, managing and evolving a comprehensive security strategy by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing a statewide IT program with staff at all levels, including planning, organizing, staffing and directing program operations. Acting as a managerial adviser and consultant to customers, vendors and contractors.
  • Providing expert guidance and direction in IT policy. Routinely working with executives and determining and influencing IT policies and procedures. Establishing, improving and maintaining a department’s governance program.
  • Representing a department or program and collaborating with high-level staff, project managers, vendors and others to resolve problems. Managing business relationships with customers and maintaining communications between customers and technical support staff. Developing and delivering presentations to IT staff and management/executives.

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $11,435 to $13,623, and the application deadline is July 25.

The Department of Consumer Affairs is also seeking an administration chief (Career Executive Assignment) to play “an integral role in the setting/influencing of policy affecting not only the Administration Division but the California Board of Accountancy as a whole.”

“Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy–influencing functions effectively,” the job posting says. Candidates should have:
  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of state government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the executive branch.
  • The ability to plan, organize and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff, and analyze administrative policies, organizational procedures and practices.

Candidates are asked to address their experience, knowledge and ability in the following areas and provide specific examples:
  • Management and oversight of a program and staff at all levels, including planning, organizing and directing program operations of multiple disciplines; leadership; supervision; strategic planning; and program evaluation.
  • Overseeing multiple program areas, such as business modernization, personnel, fiscal, contracts and procurement, legislation, regulation and/or IT, ensuring compliance with all state and local laws, and resolution of controversial and/or complex administrative matters.
  • Interpreting, evaluating, improving, amending, developing, repealing and implementing policies, procedures and statutes consistent with goals, objectives and changes in practice. Formulating annual and long-range goals in accordance with a program’s strategic plan and developing and implementing action plans for staff to achieve goals.
  • Introducing initiatives to accomplish consistency and work flow, and creating a vision and plan to obtain the cooperation of staff and successful implementation by reviewing workload statistics, monitoring and solving workload issues, assigning priorities, making recommendations on personnel-related improvements, developing performance standards, allocating resources, and establishing, and monitoring and maintaining knowledge of the results of key performance indicators on an ongoing basis.

More details can be found in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $9,755 to $11,807, and the application deadline is July 23.
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.