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State IT Recruitments Include CIO, Chief, Architect Roles

Candidates are sought for openings in the departments of Human Resources, Employment Development, and Health Care Services, and the Office of Systems Integration.

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Departments in state government are recruiting candidates for roles including chief information officer, section chief, project director and principal architect.

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is seeking an experienced IT leader to serve as chief information officer (CIO) and chief of the IT Division. This is a Career Executive Assignment (CEA) “that encourages innovation and transformation of digital services with the ability to improve outcomes for state employees, job seekers, and other stakeholders statewide,” the job posting says.

The CIO/chief oversees the planning, organizing and coordinating of the work of the IT Division, which supports the programs, strategic goals and business objectives of CalHR and the State Personnel Board. “The CIO serves as the principal policymaker for the department’s IT programs and services, serves as a member of the department’s executive team, and is the chief IT policy adviser to the executive staff on all aspects of IT,” the posting says.

Requirements and desirable qualifications for the position, according to the duty statement, include:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules and standards for state IT and digital services practices;
  • Commitment to actively practicing fair behavior that is free from implicit bias in dealing with all parties;
  • Experience fostering an inclusive work environment where diversity of thought is valued and encouraged;
  • Experience in setting a culture of learning and growth for all employees, where new challenges are welcomed and the work product improves from a desire to learn and grow new ideas and new projects to support the department;
  • Experience in recommending, developing and implementing policies and procedures and taking effective action;
  • Program administration experience communicating with executive-level management, other state agencies, legislative staff, industry, local governments, etc.; and
  • Managerial experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully apply organizational leadership, communicate clearly, facilitate decision-making, promote teamwork, and define and achieve success across multi-disciplinary stakeholder interests.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Aug. 1.

The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, is recruiting for a chief (IT manager I) of the Fiscal and Planning Section (FPS). The chief, according to the job posting, “will plan, organize, lead, and direct the activities of staff responsible for providing budget development management services that are vital to the successful implementation and ongoing support of projects and initiatives” in the Medi-Cal Eligibility Data System Modernization endeavor.

The chief is “responsible for continuously improving and streamlining the processes used by the FPS team,” the posting says. “The FPS chief oversees the work for the annual state and federal funding requests … (and) is expected to be a working manager. In addition to leading and directing, the section chief will engage in producing and delivering many of the same deliverables expected of this section.”

More information about the position can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Aug. 6.

The California Department of Public Health is recruiting for a Cloud Enterprise Service section chief (IT manager I) to lead “the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of high-performance technology cloud solutions.”

According to the job posting, the chief “develops, plans, organizes, and manages work activities in support of a variety of the most complex, critical and highly sensitive processes and recommendations to establish organization-wide policies and standards” for all departmental IT architecture and systems. The chief leads “in the development, architecture and maintenance of the most complex IT architectures and systems within a cloud hosting environment such as, but not limited to, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce, VMWare Cloud Services and Oracle Cloud platform.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is July 22. More information is available in the duty statement.

The Office of Systems Integration, which is also part of CHHS, is recruiting for a project director (IT manager II) for the California EMS Data Resource System (CEDRS) and Electronic Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (ePOLST), both part of the state Emergency Medical Services Authority.

“The project director is responsible for the overall management of the project teams providing leadership and direction and is the primary point of contact for official communications with federal, state, local and private-sector executive-level stakeholders, the team, executive management and control agencies,” the job posting says. Responsibilities of the role, according to the posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to project team to ensure project and organizational objectives are accomplished through effective project management;
  • Manage and approve the project schedule and master project plan to ensure the systems meet the needs of the programs and are delivered on time, within budget and scope. Direct, monitor and authorize project management activities including communication, project scheduling, system requirements, and issue and risk management;
  • Ensure effective management of all resources assigned to the project — state, prime vendor, and consultant staff;
  • Provide direct management and supervision of the project prime vendor, and a variety of support consultants;
  • Serve as the primary liaison among the project, project sponsors and governance committees, providing project progress and escalating decisions and issues as needed; and
  • Perform various supervisory duties related to staff management and development. Evaluate necessary staff resources and training needs.

The position, which has a potential telework option, has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is July 22.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is recruiting for a principal end-user device security architect (IT specialist III) to serve as the principal architect for EDD’s desktop and application virtualization as well as all physical device operating systems deployment and security patching.

Desirable qualifications, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Experience with documenting, migrating, and deploying cloud-based solutions;
  • Software-defined network concepts, cloud computing, and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) methodology;
  • Enterprise log management and monitoring for endpoints;
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP);
  • Office 365 Endpoint Applications; and
  • Azure Active Directory (AD) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Aug. 6.
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.