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Technology Department Recruiting for Deputy State CTO

In addition to the California Department of Technology, state entities dealing with public-sector retirement, justice and taxes are seeking candidates for key positions in technology.

Departments in state government are recruiting for key technology roles, including executives, managers and an architect.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is recruiting for a deputy state chief technology officer (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office of Technology Services (OTech) and serve as a member of CDT executive team.

The deputy state CTO “is responsible for providing mission- and values-based leadership, direction, support and assistance to the OTech operating divisions,” the job posting says. The incumbent works with and advises the CDT director/state CIO, chief deputy director/deputy state CIO and the state chief technology officer, among others.

Responsibilities of the role, according to the posting and the duty statement, include:
  • Set policy and provide ongoing review of a wide range of IT services. Provide recommendation and analysis to top CDT executives on the coordination of the office’s roles and responsibilities to improve the level of support to major customer IT projects.
  • Provide leadership to OTech deputies in planning and managing computer operations and production support, systems and database administration, network operations, service desk support, customer service, and CALNET Telecommunication contract services.
  • Work collaboratively with the stakeholders in addressing the administrative and technology challenges of IT solutions, as well as developing processes and procedures to continue the support for its customers to provide a reliable computing infrastructure for the state.
  • Manage strategic relationships with key IT products and service providers.
  • Provide leadership in the selection of strategic technology that will assist the office and its customers to obtain maximum leverage for the dollars spent.

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

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is recruiting for an assistant division chief (IT Manager II) to lead the Software Engineering and Support Section (SESS). The incumbent will oversee the Application Engineering and Architecture, Environment Management, Application/Interface/Release Support, Middle Tier Support as well as the Database Management Services teams.

“These units are highly technical and are engaged in high-priority enterprise initiatives,” the job posting says. “The role entails direct management and accountability for both the teams’ strategic direction and their deliverables. Taking on this pivotal role provides a unique opportunity to significantly influence and contribute to CalPERS’ continued success.”

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Experience in coordinating and leading high-profile enterprise system/product implementation projects.
  • Demonstrated expertise in smoothly integrating cutting-edge technologies within the enterprise’s digital ecosystem.
  • Highly organized and analytical, with the ability to manage multiple work streams in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action and originality.
  • Ability to exercise tact and sound judgment that recognizes the best interests of CalPERS and our work efforts.

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Nov. 30.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is recruiting for a project manager (IT Manager II) to be responsible for the management and delivery of the department’s Firearms Information Technology Systems Modernization (FITSM) Project through the CDT Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL) stage 2 to 4 and through implementation of the project.

The incumbent will serve as a project manager (PM) and is responsible “for ensuring that the necessary project management and planning methodologies and practices are in place for the successful completion and development of all PAL deliverables and artifacts and implementation of the approved project solution” in accordance with state IT and security policies and industry standards, according to the job posting. “The PM will be responsible for the overall FITSM Project; resource, workload and budget management; (and) overseeing all project and development lifecycle phases that include the PAL and subsequent FITSM Project development and implementation phases.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Direct experience leading IT projects, either in a PM/director role or a key role on large projects.
  • Extensive knowledge of state IT policies, processes, practices and direction.
  • A strong understanding of project management methodologies and fundamentals and the Project Approval Lifecycle, and experience in all aspects of project delivery including concept, initiation, planning, execution, closing, maintenance and operations.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action and creativity, and must demonstrate good independent judgment.
  • Strong leadership skills and an ability to develop and maintain professional, effective and cooperative working relationships.

More details about the role can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Dec. 1.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is seeking a solutions architect for the Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS) to “work independently to deliver the highest level of complex software solutions related to application and infrastructure functional dependencies, software conversions/integrations and the overall health of the system.”

According to the job posting, the architect (IT Specialist III) “represents the CROS production support team in all manner of technical efforts to maintain and improve the system and associated policies, standards, and governance methods.”

The architect “will provide expert technical and architectural consultation and leadership for the most highly complex Revenue Accounting functions within the system. The incumbent participates in all stages of the Systems Development Life Cycle to create and maintain interfaces, databases, and applications in support of the CROS solution.”

This position requires, among other things, a background check and a Statement of Qualifications. More information can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.
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.