Key State Agencies Recruiting for Executive, Manager Roles

The state agencies with key openings include those covering technology, utilities and transportation.

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Three large state government departments are recruiting for executive and managerial positions.

The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking a deputy executive director (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the Safety and Enforcement and Safety Policy divisions, covering a range of programs including cybersecurity. The deputy executive director’s responsibilities, according to the job description and duty statement, include ensuring that the divisions’ staff are “using and developing best practices, tools, training to conduct regulatory work, including but not limited to field and desk audits of utility infrastructure and operations; investigations; data collection and analysis; and geographic information systems (GIS).”

The position has a monthly salary range of $7,442 to $17,513, and the application deadline is June 25.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is recruiting for a manager (IT Manager I) to oversee the IT Project and Portfolio Management Section (PPMS), which includes four units: Customer Relations, Business Analysis, Project Management and Software Quality Management.

The manager will be responsible for recommending IT project management processes, procedures and standards; helping the department reduce the risk and impact of costly issues on IT projects; and ensuring that the department's IT projects are consistently managed in accordance with industry best practices.

“This position is expected to continually enhance our customer's experience by implementing, utilizing, communicating and monitoring proven customer service practices,” the job posting says. “As a key leader in IT, the incumbent ensures that staff are highly qualified and motivated to perform their duties and meet customer expectations.”

The duty statement for the position states: “The incumbent must possess a high degree of both leadership skills and technical expertise to be operationally competent in a highly complex and sensitive function, developing policy, and working closely with both internal and external staff at all levels. The incumbent must have the ability to perform politically sensitive and policy-influencing functions effectively and have a thorough knowledge and understanding of emerging technology and evolving industry standards as well as Caltrans business needs.”

The monthly salary range for this position is $8,016 to $10,742, and the application deadline is June 17.

And only about a week remains until the application deadline for a Mainframe Services manager (IT Manager II) recruitment by the California Department of Technology (CDT). The manager has full responsibility for about 105 technical staff members, including nine subordinate managers for CDT’s Office of Technology Services (OTech). The incumbent leads Mainframe Systems (MS), providing secure and reliable mainframe infrastructure (zOS and zLinux) for executive and constitutional state agencies, the job posting states.

“Functions include enforcement of change management, auditing and revenue collection,” the posting says. “Duties also include understanding statute and contract requirements while implementing executive directives and customer demands within two Tier III data centers located in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville. Oversight of service delivery, production operations, mainframe performance management and adherence to processes and procedures are critical for successful delivery of mainframe services.” More details about the position are available in the duty statement.

The position has a monthly salary range of $9,725 to $11,821, and the application deadline is June 4.

Veronica Gilliard, CDT’s deputy director of Platform Services, posted a reminder on LinkedIn: “If you are interested in working in a fast-paced environment this is the place to be!”
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.