DGS, FI$Cal Seek to Fill Risk Chief, Data Admin Jobs

Two heavyweight state agencies, the Department of General Services and the Financial Information System for California, are seeking to fill significant risk management and database administration positions.

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Two linchpin state departments are seeking applicants for key staff IT positions, via online listings that will close later this spring.

The Department of General Services (DGS), which serves as the state’s business manager, is looking to replace its outgoing chief of the Office of Risk and Insurance Management. Current Chief Kimberly Hunt is retiring; her last day will be July 1, DGS Deputy Director Monica Hassan told Techwire via email.

“She is kindly staying with us through the application process. She’s been a phenomenal asset to the department,” Hassan said.

Meanwhile, the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is seeking a database administrator, classification IT specialist II (ITS II), to work under its IT manager I, database platform services section. Among the takeaways:

• Risk and Insurance Management’s chief, the chief risk officer, works under the deputy director of DGS’ administration division and is charged with “the management and oversight of all aspects of the Office of Risk and Insurance Management, as the State's risk manager,” according to the agency’s job listing on CalCareers. The CRO also helps agencies including DGS manage accidental loss; manages the state’s emergency support function; and has “significant responsibility” for forming, developing and implementing policies, projects and supporting tech related to risk and insurance management. A tenured, full-time position, the job is classified as a career executive assignment, level B, with a work location in Yolo County. It pays $10,010-$11,924 per month.

• Candidates should have three to five years’ experience in risk and insurance management and be able to “maintain position even when faced with opposing viewpoints to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations,” according to the job listing. Final filing date is June 7.

• FI$Cal’s successful database administrator will work independently on software systems and projects and be responsible for tasks and duties involving FI$Cal’s databases and associated tools and apps. The successful candidate will also organize, plan and implement “all activities associated with the FI$Cal Database Platform Services Section”; and handle “design, installation and configuration,” patching, upgrades, backups and recovery for FI$Cal Database Services and all monitoring and development tools that support FI$Cal. Job duties are “focused in the Software Engineering and System Engineering domain,” according to the duty statement, but not exclusively.

• The database administrator must be ready for “innovative problem-solving where guidance is not readily available,” and able to apply architecture solutions for the whole organization; and advise management or shape IT strategy and policy for the organization. The new hire may also develop security solutions across all IT systems and platforms; assess security controls; do security impact analyses; and do risk assessments and recommend IT solutions. The position pays $6,777-$9,081 a month and is based in Sacramento County. Final filing date is May 18. 

Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Techwire.