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2 Key Agencies Recruiting for IT Leadership Positions

The Department of Water Resources is seeking an agency project management officer to serve the department and its parent entity, the California Natural Resources Agency. Separately, the California Department of Technology is recruiting for an assistant chief of its Acquisition and IT Program Management section.

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Two key state departments are recruiting for leadership positions.

The California Department of Water Resources, part of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), is seeking an agency project management officer (IT Manager II) to serve the department as well as the agency as a senior member of the CNRA Technology Leadership Team, reporting directly to the agency technology director.

“As part of a talented and diverse group of project management professionals, the position is responsible for the agencywide Information Technology Project Portfolio,” the job posting says. “Responsible for the oversight of the planning, organization, execution and post-closeout activities for critical CNRA-wide and agency departmental IT projects. Manages the development and administration of CNRA-wide IT project management policies, procedures and standards. Responsible for the internal program management of the Agency Project Management Office (APMO). Has direct authority and full management responsibility for all activities and operations of APMO.”

Additional details about the position are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Sept. 7.

The California Department of Technology is recruiting for an assistant chief of Program Management to oversee the administration, management and supervision of the IT Program Management section of the branch encompassing all contracting activity, including the most complex IT contracts and acquisitions.

According to the job posting, “The ITM I will act as the assistant chief representing the Department of Technology’s APM (Acquisition and IT Program Management) with other units and meets with management during the acquisition, negotiations and resolution of sensitive issues and complex procurement problems. Formulates and recommends comprehensive policies and procedures regarding the handling of sensitive and critical IT contracts.”

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Must possess management and/or supervisory experience
  • IT and non-IT procurement and contract experience
  • Knowledge of IT and non-IT procurement and contracting policies and guidelines such as government codes and regulations, public contract codes, State Administrative Manual, State Contracting Manual, State Information Management Manual, Technology Letters, Purchase Authority Manual, management memos and executive orders
  • Broad knowledge of the policy and procurement process for the CDT
  • Knowledge of the structure, organization and function of a variety of technology disciplines, as well as data centers and IT contracting programs
Additional details about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Sept. 7.
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