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State Privacy Agency Seeking to Fill Key Leadership Role

The California Privacy Protection Agency is recruiting for a deputy executive director, who will also serve as the agency’s chief deputy director.

The California Privacy Protection Agency, one of the newest entities in state government, is recruiting for a deputy executive director (Career Executive Assignment) who will also serve as chief deputy director.

The agency was created in December 2020 after voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020.

According to the job posting and duty statement, desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and executive-level leadership skills
  • Experience overseeing government operations and leading various agency functions such as human resources, budgeting, policy, public affairs, procurement, facilities and IT
  • Proven experience in policy and program development and implementation, including starting up new programs or functions
  • Experience working with and negotiating with key government stakeholders including the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, the Department of Finance, the Department of General Services and the Department of Technology to achieve objectives efficiently and effectively
  • Successful experience leading, managing, training and guiding diverse managers, supervisors and individual contributors in a positive and motivating manner; experience working for or overseeing an enforcement-focused agency or program
  • Previous experience with creating and administrating state funds including collections and grant programs
  • Experience developing and implementing policies and procedures in a new department, division or organization

Essential functions of the position include:
  • Serve as the chief deputy director of the organization, setting the agency’s day-to-day policies and providing oversight and direction to CEA-level executives and programs (40 percent)
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the agency’s mission and the executive director’s goals and objectives are accomplished by interpreting and developing broad policy and adapting policies into strategies and operational procedures (25 percent)
  • Review and approve the development of the agency’s annual budget and related materials, including seeking funding augmentations or reallocating resources when warranted (20 percent)
  • Oversee development and maintenance of cooperative relationships with other regulatory agencies, the Legislature, the press, representatives of the industry and the public (10 percent)

This position has a monthly salary range of $12,329 to $13,998, and the application deadline is Aug. 4.

CPPA was in the news last week when a federal judge barred enforcement of the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 until March 29, 2024; enforcement had been scheduled to start July 1, 2023. The California Chamber of Commerce sued CPPA, arguing that the agency broke its own law when it didn’t pass regulations by July 1, 2022, and that businesses would not have as much time as the law allows for them to prepare.
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.