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Departments Recruiting for IT Specialists, Managers

The responsibilities of these key roles include oversight for IT governance, portfolio support, project intake and infrastructure support.

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State agencies are recruiting for some key technical and management roles within their IT organizations.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is seeking an IT Manager I to perform complex and sensitive tasks related to statewide IT management, oversight and administration.

The IT manager “will participate in creating the state’s IT strategy and manage a portfolio of existing and new projects,” the job posting says. “The IT Manager I oversees the most technically advanced and high-risk IT efforts to enhance IT project implementation success and typically manages a small team of IT professionals at the IT Supervisor II or IT Supervisor I level who are responsible for specific departments, agencies or IT projects. The IT Manager I will be involved in sensitive projects and efforts with department- and agency-level executives, the Legislature, Legislative Analyst’s Office and other control agencies including the Department of Finance, Department of General Services, California Department of Human Resources and State Personnel Board.”

More details about the position are available in the duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $8,016 to $10,742, and the application deadline is July 3.

The California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) is recruiting for a director of Enterprise IT Governance (IT Manager II) to manage and lead the Enterprise IT Governance division, “which provides support to various IT units/services such as architecture, application development, infrastructure, operations, customer service, project management, etc.,” the job posting says.

In addition, the director will serve on the Senior Management Team to ensure that CalSTRS’ IT governance aligns with the CalSTRS business strategies and goals. The director will also advise program managers, senior management team, executive staff and other business staff on governance policies, standards and practices that affect CalSTRS IT. Additional detail about the requirements and responsibilities of the position are available in the job posting and the duty statement.

The monthly salary range for this position is $9,725 to $11,821, and the application deadline is July 8.

The California State Lottery is recruiting for a manager (IT Manager I) for its Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) to “plan, organize and direct the work of the Lottery’s EPMO,” according to the job posting. Demonstrate leadership competencies in the management and development of staff and the program. Additional responsibilities, spelled out in more detail in the duty statement, include:

  • Manage, develop, implement and maintain project management methodology, processes, standards and procedures.
  • Continuous assessment of enterprise project management operations to identify and implement improvements and efficiencies.
  • Define overall strategy to meet program and project-specific deliverables and requirements that map to the success of the business overall, as well as align all project, program and portfolio activities with enterprisewide strategic objectives.
  • Identify and define project management framework, platforms, tools and processes to determine the optimal approach for delivering projects that best achieve the Lottery's operational, technical and financial goals.
  • Responsible for aligning the Lottery’s business and strategic requirements with technology solutions and projects.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is seeking candidates for an IT Manager I position that includes responsibility for “managing and overseeing the overall instruction technology engineering of (CDCR),” according to the job posting. “The incumbent is responsible for the coordination, acquisition, implementation, security and maintenance and support of CDCR’s IT infrastructure to support and advance CDCR programs (both current and future).”

Management functions include “assigning and coordinating work related to service disruptions and incidents, hardware and software installation, the enforcement of IT standards, asset inventory management, problem management, reporting, and wireless device administration for device and VDI access, as well as personnel-related administration,” the job posting notes. More detail is available in the duty statement.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,016 to $10,742, and the application deadline is July 8.

And the Department of General Services (DGS) has two IT Specialist II openings – one for a project intake specialist in the Enterprise Technology Solutions office, and one as a portfolio support specialist.

The project intake specialist ensures that “requests for IT projects and activities are efficiently received, prioritized, analyzed and resourced,” according to the job posting. In addition, the duty statement outlines additional responsibilities of the intake specialist:

  • Provides expert guidance and oversight, in collaboration with ETS project managers, business partners and stakeholders to facilitate intake processes and feasibility studies;
  • Analyzes resources and project data by researching technology trends, formulating recommendations for ETS leadership and collaborating with the portfolio manager;
  • Monitors, analyzes and develops the intake process in coordination with the IT portfolio manager to ensure effective use of resources;
  • Works with business analysts and project management staff on the intake of complex IT project requests, using CDT’s Project Approval Lifecycle.

The portfolio support specialist provides project portfolio management expertise and quality assurance support to project managers through the use of data, business cases and portfolio management tools, according to the job posting. The portfolio specialist, according to the duty statement, also:

  • Develops, executes and leads project portfolio management monitoring;
  • Provides guidance and oversight of complex projects enterprisewide;
  • Evaluates execution of project processes and deliverables based on experience and knowledge of best practices, including Project Charter, Project Plan and Post Implementation Evaluation Reports; and
  • Leads governance strategy.

Each position has a monthly salary range of $7,365 to $9,869, and the application deadline for both is July 7.
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.