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State Opens Recruitment for Agency Information Security Officer, Technology Director

The California State Transportation Agency and the Office of Technology and Solutions Integration are seeking candidates.

Two state entities and a California coastal county are recruiting for key positions in IT leadership.

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) is seeking an agency information security officer (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee and coordinate the IT security activities throughout the agency, its departments and its partners. The AISO will report to CalSTA’s deputy secretary for technology and will work with the agency’s Office of Information Security (OIS). CalSTA is the parent organization of numerous departments and offices including the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the High-Speed Rail Authority.

“The incumbent is the primary driver in adapting the OIS cybersecurity strategies and standards to the specific needs of CalSTA and its constituents,” the job posting says. Applicants must include a statement of qualifications addressing these points:
  • Provide examples from your experience that demonstrate your ability in driving and managing organizational change in the domain of information security, particularly in aligning security strategies with the organization’s goals and objectives. Provide specific examples of the techniques you used to achieve planned goals and outcomes.
  • Provide examples from your work experience that demonstrate your knowledge in policy experience and how it aligns with the goals of the Office of Information Security. Provide specific examples that highlight the impact of your expertise on enhancing information security practices.
  • Provide examples from your work experience that demonstrate your ability in strategic planning initiatives, whether in cybersecurity or other areas. Provide examples of your leadership role and responsibilities during these initiatives, emphasizing the skills that contributed to successful planning and implementation.

The duty statement for the position details the areas of responsibility:
  • Formulates and analyzes high-level IT security policy issues, interprets and articulates policy options, and advises the deputy secretary on courses of action consistent with the Cal-Secure strategies and standards. Formulates, analyzes, revises, interprets, and evaluates business processes and operational programs, and transmits program policy related to agency IT security operations in alignment with Cal-Secure strategies and standards. (40 percent)
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and manages IT security resources; reviews departmental information technology security planning documents; and makes recommendations where interdepartmental or cross-jurisdictional issues have arisen. (30 percent)
  • Provides high-level expertise in developing legislative proposals, policies and new programs in support of the Executive Branch’s strategies and standards for cybersecurity and the adaptation to the needs and requirements of CalSTA. Participates in the development and evaluation of proposed legislation to assess the impact of IT security upon CalSTA business processes and operational programs. (15 percent)
  • Reviews periodic business process reports, operations program reports, legislative reports, controlled correspondence, and proposed regulations having significant impact; identifies problems, recommends changes, and approves reports and proposals; and consults with legislative and executive staff on the implementation of proposed or pending legislation, IT resources, and other policy actions. (10 percent)
  • Advises and/or acts for the AIO on cybersecurity matters and responds to inquiries from the state information security officer, OSI and legislators, public agencies, and the private sector. (5 percent)

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,435 to $13,623, and the application deadline is Dec. 28.

The Office of Technology and Solutions Integration (OTSI), part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, is seeking a director of technology (IT Manager II) to work on a new Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) with Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), “a unique collaboration” with the California Department of Social Services and California’s counties and tribes.

The incumbent, according to the job posting and duty statement, will head the IT Group for CWDS and is “responsible for the overall technology approach, strategic planning, and implementation for the CWDS project and ensures alignment” with CHHS, the California Department of Technology and other key stakeholders. The incumbent will oversee the CWDS IT portfolio software development life cycle and validate proposed solutions in the IT platform, security infrastructure, digital services, cloud strategies and policies, and IT project intake of the CWDS.

Applicants must submit a statement of qualifications addressing the following:
  • Describe your experience in developing creative and innovative solutions to a variety of disruptive technology issues while addressing the people side of change.
  • Describe your experience in effectively managing a multidisciplinary work team of IT professionals, and your ability to create a clear vision and set goals and expectations.
  • Describe your experience and ability to coach and mentor employees to create a work environment that stimulates learning, encourages growth, and recognizes individual achievements to ensure peak performance.
  • Describe your experience in planning and development of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, cloud-native, and/or hybrid-cloud architectures. Describe the purpose of the system, your role and responsibility, the solutions/services that were used in the architecture, and what technical and operational considerations were taken into account in the development of the system.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 20.
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.