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State Recruitments Include CIO, Information Security Chief

The Department of Rehabilitation and the California Public Utilities Commission are conducting searches for candidates for these key executive roles.

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Departments of state government are recruiting for key positions including chief information officer and chief information security officer.

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is seeking candidates for chief information officer (CIO), a Career Executive Assignment. The CIO reports to the chief deputy director of the department, which provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.

Key responsibilities of the position, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Representing DOR and being a voice for assistive technology, accessibility, employment and independence, in the technology and information arena including with the agency, California Department of Technology, Department of Finance, CIO peers, information technology providers, etc.
  • Participate on the executive team representing the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) and working to advance the department’s policy, funding, systems change, initiatives, programs and services across all divisions.
  • Provide executive leadership for ITSD, working closely with ITSD senior leaders, including development and implementation of policy, systems change, standards, priorities, and providing oversight of day-to-day operations for the agency’s technology and information systems.

The CIO “is responsible for ensuring that IT systems and policies meet the business needs of the programs in support of DOR’s mission and goals, while complying with applicable state and federal policies and regulations,” the duty statement says. “The CIO provides leadership and guidance to the IT Services Division, is responsible for IT policy development and implementation and, through subordinate managers, plans, organizes, directs, and manages the most critical and highly sensitive IT projects and activities.”

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Believe in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience at the executive and/or managerial level with current computer industry technology and practices; knowledge and extensive experience in four of the following areas and overall knowledge in each will be weighted higher: application development and maintenance, network/infrastructure operations, database administration, web development and design, user provisioning, information security and privacy, budgets, project management, administrative, and contracts management.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to effectively manage a multidisciplinary work team of IT professionals; ability to create a clear vision, set goals and expectations, encourage leadership, motivate initiative at all levels, and exercise sound judgment in developing and managing enterprise information technology systems in support of departmental mission, vision and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with executives, managers, state department CIOs, stakeholders and control agencies. Cooperate with individuals to achieve the department’s mission, goals and values and encourages diversity of opinions. Demonstrated ability to enhance their own ability and the ability of others to contribute to the goals of the department.
  • Demonstrated awareness of the department’s critical issues and ability to anticipate and influence future technology needs.
  • Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity of the issues around the employment of individuals with disabilities.

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Oct. 7.

The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking candidates for chief information security officer (CISO), an IT manager II position with key responsibilities that include formulating long-range programs and objectives; protecting the agency’s IT and information assets; identifying and remediating security gaps; developing, managing and implementing information security policies; managing information security incidents; and coordinating disaster recovery.

The job posting and duty statement cite the following desirable and required qualifications:
  • Strong leader with solid sense of responsibility, integrity and accountability who can actively anticipate security needs and proactively implement short- and long-term security strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and management of an information security program with knowledge of cybersecurity risk management frameworks such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, ISO/IEC 27001, ISA, ITIL, etc. Applied knowledge of state’s IT policies, procedures and standards including State Administrative Manual (SAM) 5300 and Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) 5300.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of internal IT security policies, standards, procedures, business planning processes, and policy enforcement.
  • Experience and knowledge managing and leading technology audits, assessments and investigations; includes writing responses for all security-related findings.
  • Experience managing security teams.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Oct. 7.
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.