The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is recruiting for a new chief information officer (CIO) to guide the agency’s IT functions through the transition of the Division of Juvenile Justice from CDCR into the new Department of Youth and Community Restoration. The new youth department is scheduled to come under the California Health and Human Services Agency by July.

According to the job posting, the CIO (Career Executive Assignment) will:

  • Be responsible for “critical IT functions including application development, network and production support, information security, enterprise architecture and standards, database administration, applications implementation support and change management, quality assurance and testing, public safety communications, project planning, help desk, and client server applications.” The CIO will oversee a staff as well as contractors and consultants. Responsibilities include communication and liaison with control agencies (California Department of Technology, Department of Finance, Department of General Services, and California Department of Human Resources), Legislative Analyst’s Office, State Data Centers, and members of the Legislature and their staff.
  • Participate in the establishment and implementation of the new department’s mission, strategic plan and enterprise policy direction; advise management on IT policy formulation in support of the mission and strategic plan; participate with the Executive Team, individually and collectively, in the identification and resolution of key policy issues affecting business and IT operations; advise the Executive Team on IT policy and operations as they affect the mission and direction; and represent the department at various statewide roles.
  • Be responsible for project and portfolio management. The CIO will assess and anticipate technology projects, recommending appropriate action and resourcing, and provide roadmaps that allow the IT system to integrate and interface with future systems. They will provide guidance and oversight of current and future projects and ensure they are aligned with established IT policies and are adequately resourced, on schedule and operating within guidelines.
  • Provide assurance that IT functions are adequately coordinated and provide quality services necessary to achieve the department’s business objectives. In the initial years of the transition, the CIO will be responsible for developing and implementing a technology roadmap for separation from CDCR operations.

The CIO position has a monthly salary range of $7,442 to $10,696, and the application deadline is Feb. 24.