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Key Roles in Recruitment by State Departments

Candidates are sought for the positions of division chief, information security manager and chief enterprise technical architect.

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State government departments are recruiting to fill key openings in division management, enterprise architecture and information security.

The California Secretary of State’s Office is seeking a chief (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the IT Division, with responsibilities including an emphasis on automation. The chief, working through sub-managers, will plan, organize and direct “the operation of complex data processing, automation development and management information programs,” the job posting says. In addition, the chief “develops and recommends policies on automated systems development and maintenance and is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and modification of these programs.”

In addition to technology oversight, the chief will represent the Secretary of State’s Office in legislative and other committees on automation, data collection/interpretation and IT issues. The chief will also:
  • Advise managers in program planning by providing specific expertise on automation options and their impact
  • Provide comparative analyses and trend projects and advise on their appropriate interpretation for decision-making
  • Serve as a key policy adviser on automation issues and participate in the development of overall departmental policies
  • Act as a liaison with county officials on the collection and reporting of state election information
  • Develop and implement departmental automated technology to provide superior client services and contain costs through operating efficiencies

More information about the role can be found in the duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is June 27.

The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) is recruiting for a chief enterprise technical architect (IT Specialist III), who will report to the chief technology officer and be responsible for “providing the strategic and technical leadership, direction, training and coordination in the implementation and architecting of the most complex technology systems,” according to the job posting.

“The incumbent performs a wide variety of tasks requiring innovative problem-solving where guidance is not readily available,” the posting notes. “The incumbent optimizes and applies architecture solutions for the benefit of the overall organization” and provides expert-level advice to management on IT strategy and policy. In addition, the incumbent serves on HCAI’s Enterprise Architecture Board.

“The technical architect implements, maintains and updates infrastructure components related to the Health Payments Data (HPD) System,” the posting says. “The architect also consults with the HPD team on improvements to various aspects of the system. The incumbent is also responsible for reviewing proposed software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings.”

More information about the position can be found in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is June 29.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking an information security manager (IT Manager II) to oversee the Security Operations, Policy, Compliance and Forensics units within the Security Services Division. The incumbent also directs the managers and supervisors over the Security Services Division’s Policy and Governance, Security and Compliance, Network Security, IT Security Operations, and Operational Technology Security Operations units.

“The functions managed include all aspects of securing, protecting, identifying threats, protecting and responding to cybersecurity incidents,” the job posting says, “as well as digital forensics, policy compliance, policy reporting and cybersecurity governance.” In addition, the manager works with internal and external partners and customers to ensure that security protocols are implemented and meet requirements of the State Administrative Manual (SAM), the State Information Management Manual (SIMM) Section 5300 and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As detailed in the duty statement, the manager also oversees market analyses, proofs of concept and pilots of emerging technologies and makes recommendations for adoption. The manager also represents the Caltrans chief information security officer and privacy officer in internal and external meetings. Additional details can be found in the duty statement and job posting.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is July 7.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. 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 Northern California.