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State Agencies Recruiting for Executive, Specialty Roles

Among the IT positions in recruitment by state departments are a chief, a cybersecurity architect, a network architect and a chief information officer.

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State government departments have several high-level recruitments for technology specialists and leaders.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is seeking a chief (Career Executive Assignment) for its Reimagined Benefit Systems Modernization Project to plan, direct and oversee the project and ensure that deliverables and functionality are achieved following the Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL) process.

“The project director is responsible for the management of all resources assigned to the project, serves as the primary liaison between the project and the project sponsor and Executive Committee, and escalate decisions and issues as needed,” the job posting says. Among a long list of desirable qualifications are these:
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to effectively manage a multidisciplinary work team of IT professionals; ability to create a clear vision, set goals and expectations, encourage leadership, motivate at all levels, and exercise sound judgment in developing and managing enterprise IT initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing large-scale (multimillion-dollar) state IT projects. This includes contract management and vendor oversight experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the design and complexity of EDD’s current benefit system applications and databases, which include Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave.
  • Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining system interfaces and data integrity among disparate benefit system databases on various platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve or escalate project risk issues to executives, and to guide and direct the overall approach to ensure the project’s alignment with EDD’s and the state’s IT strategic plan, goals and objectives.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Nov. 20.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is seeking a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) who will also serve as deputy director of the department’s Information Systems Division. The CIO will provide IT vision, strategic planning, leadership, goal setting, policy development, direction and oversight of enterprise architecture, project management, information security and infrastructure and application services to meet the business needs, according to the job posting.

The CIO also provides advice and guidance to the department’s directorate on sponsorship of IT projects and represents the department, in collaboration with other state and local partners, on high-level statewide IT initiatives. Desirable qualifications include:
  • Deep understanding and breadth of experience with the full scope of IT domains, current and emerging technologies, and how they may be applied to the enterprise to support business.
  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience managing multi-disciplinary teams, developing and communicating a clear vision that inspires and motivates staff, encouraging initiative at all levels, and promoting an environment of equity for the workforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically, set goals, develop and execute strategic planning for IT and collaborate with organizational leaders to facilitate IT decision-making and priority-setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain digital concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to the IT workforce.

More information about the position is available in the duty statement. This position, which has been previously posted, has a monthly salary range of $7,781 to $18,850, and the application deadline is Nov. 12.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking a senior cybersecurity architect (IT Specialist III) to serve as the prime technical security architect within the Security Services Division. The responsibilities include network security operations, technology and cloud architecture security design and services.

The senior architect provides expertise in enterprise network and cloud technology, including developing and overseeing the technical design and support for Caltrans’ security systems, the proper operation and configuration of firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), URL filtering systems, remote access, and highly technical security operational monitoring and logging equipment, according to the job posting.

The architect also provides expert guidance to improve Caltrans’ security posture, investigates security events, and assists in the remediation of identified risks and vulnerabilities to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s data and assets.

Additional information about the position is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Nov. 18.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is recruiting for a network architect (Associate Telecommunications Engineer) to manage data centers and policy-driven applications and network infrastructure.

The architect “provides expert advice and engineering recommendations on various communication systems such as voice, wireless, data and overall security of CalPERS’ network infrastructure,” the job posting says. Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Experience in modern data centers, policy-driven applications and networks
  • Experience with Cisco ISE, Software Defined Access (SDA)
  • Experience with Cisco ACI, Nexus 9K, Cisco ASR, Cisco Firepower, F5 and Palo Alto Networks
  • Advanced knowledge of IP routing using BGP, OSPF, EIGRP and Static
  • Expert in AWS, Azure and colocation data centers
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as Python and Ansible

The role has a monthly salary range of $8,756 to $10,956, and the application deadline is Nov. 18. More information can be found in the duty statement.
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.