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Department Recruiting for Statewide Technology Policy Chief

Requirements for the position include a strong understanding of IT policy, information security, procurement, and enterprise architecture standards, and expert knowledge of principles of IT project management, approval and oversight processes for IT projects, and the Systems Development Life Cycle.

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The California Department of Technology is recruiting for a chief of statewide technology policy (IT Manager II), a key position in IT leadership.

The chief will serve as an adviser to CDT’s executive management and will coordinate significant IT policy activities in state government and with external entities. In addition, the job posting notes, the chief “manages the outreach and education regarding major IT policies and practices, statewide performance management as it relates to the state Information Technology Strategic Plan, the Department of Technology’s portions of the State Administrative Manual (SAM), the State Contracting Manual (SCM) and the Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) and their respective web pages.”

Desirable qualification for the policy chief, who reports to CDT’s chief deputy director, include:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience formulating statewide technology policy, assessing impact and overseeing implementation throughout state government.
  • A strong understanding of IT policy, information security, procurement and enterprise architecture standards.
  • A very broad but expert knowledge of principles of IT project management, approval and oversight processes for IT projects, and the Systems Development Life Cycle.
  • Experience obtaining buy-in and providing leadership to a large group of multidisciplinary team members who do not report directly to the chief. Proven track record of gaining the confidence and trust of individuals in key positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative and beneficial working relationships on behalf of CDT with state and federal agencies and the vendor community, as it relates to IT policy.
  • A high degree of initiative, independence of action and originality; demonstrate tact and good independent judgment; communicate effectively.

In addition, according to the duty statement for the position, the chief “identifies major statewide policy directives for near-term (three to five years) and long-term (five to 10 years) planning purposes.” That includes independently formulating and developing statewide IT policies, managing policy development projects and ensuring their alignment with the state’s IT strategic goals.

The chief position was most recently held by Pam Haase, who has been named CDT’s deputy director for strategic initiatives. Haase’s most recent assignment as chief was serving as project manager for the COVID-19 Vaccine Project and Innovation and Technology Task Force.

The chief position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Sept. 18.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. 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 the Northern California foothills.