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State, SoCal City Recruit for Tech Leadership Roles

The state Department of Cannabis Control is seeking a section chief, and Long Beach is recruiting for a chief innovation officer.

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A state government department and a Southern California city are recruiting for technology leadership roles.

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is seeking a section chief (IT manager I) to plan, organize and direct all activities associated with the development, implementation and support of the IT Application Branch for DCC.

“As part of the management team,” the job posting says, “the section chief is responsible for coordinating the activities of the following complex IT functions: interface configuration, application development and implementation, business intelligence, database, and reporting services.” This position is in the Business Technology Management domain.

Responsibilities of the role are about 30 percent systems management, 30 percent project delivery, 25 percent direct management for reporting and business intelligence, 10 percent personnel management, and 5 percent strategic and organizational planning.

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Significant experience managing IT programs focused on application development
  • Significant experience leading, managing, and evaluating technical teams
  • Significant experience with development, maintenance, support and administration of custom, COTS and SaaS based web applications and enterprise platforms
  • Experience in managing critical IT system development projects
  • Experience with software release coordination and knowledge using automation and defect tracking tools
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends of public administration, including management; organization; planning; cost/benefit analysis; budgeting; project management; and state-level policies and procedures related to IT project management
  • Knowledge of IT project management and the California Project Management Framework (CA-PMF)
  • Knowledge and experience with the Project Management Lifecycle

More information can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Aug. 10.

The city of Long Beach is recruiting for a chief innovation officer to oversee the city’s Office of Civic Innovation, which became part of Long Beach’s Technology and Innovation Department (TID) this year.

The innovation officer reports to the director of TID. The department has 181 staff and an annual budget of nearly $75 million. TID is organized into five bureaus: Digital Services, Business Operations, Technology Engagement and Support, Enterprise Information Services, and Infrastructure Services.

According to the job posting, “the ideal candidate should have previous experience with municipalities and government related to technology innovation and positive change management. Previous experience with a Bloomberg’s Innovation Team (I-team) or experiencing using design thinking, data analytics and agile development approaches in project management is preferred.” Desirable qualifications include:
  • Ability to lead large-scale transformations that involve multiple stakeholders, constituencies, and/or agencies
  • Experience developing and managing a high-performing team
  • Understanding of the mechanics of city government
  • Track record of establishing targets and delivering results
  • Direct experience working with senior government or private-sector leaders
  • Ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for achieving results

The annual salary range for this position is $110,000 to $125,000, and the application deadline is Aug. 7. More details about the role and responsibilities are available in the posting.
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.