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State Agencies Seeking CIO, Project Manager, Senior Architect

The leadership and specialty roles are in recruitment by the California Department of Human Resources, the Office of Systems Integration and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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State agencies are recruiting for a variety of technology leadership and specialty roles, including chief information officer/division chief, project director and technical architect.

The California Department of Human Resources is seeking a chief (Career Executive Assignment) to oversee the IT Division and serve as the department’s chief information officer (CIO). The CIO will be in charge of planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of the IT Division, which supports the department’s and the State Personnel Board’s programs, strategic goals and business objectives. The CIO serves as the principal policymaker for the department’s IT programs and services, serves as a member of the department’s executive management team, and is the chief IT policy adviser to the executive staff on all aspects of IT.

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules and standards relative to the state’s IT and digital services practices.
  • Experience leading, implementing and evaluating IT practices and policies, and establishing strategic goals for an IT program.
  • Experience in setting a culture of learning and growth for all employees, where new challenges are welcomed and the work product improves from a desire to learn and develop new ideas and new projects to support the department.
  • Experience in recommending, developing and implementing policies and procedures and taking effective action.
  • Program administration experience communicating with executive-level management, other state agencies, legislative staff, industry, local governments, etc.
  • Experience in forecasting and managing a division’s budget.

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $10,831 to $12,903, and the application deadline is Dec. 9.

The Office of Systems Integration (OSI) is seeking a project director (IT manager II) who will be responsible for delivering the Case Management Information and Payrolling System (CMIPS) and services to support the In-home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program, which provides personal care services that allow aged, blind and disabled citizens to live safely in their homes.

OSI provides project management, oversight, procurement and support services for a multibillion-dollar portfolio of high criticality projects. It’s part of the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Desirable qualifications for this position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Experience providing oversight and management of the entire application development life cycle to ensure software solutions continually meet business needs.
  • Experience providing technical oversight to ensure IT systems meet standards for availability, maintainability, performance and security.
  • Experience with contract procurement and management.
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with executives, managers and staff from diverse program areas that include representatives from all levels of government.
  • Knowledge of and successful experience in developing and managing complex agile software development projects.
  • Knowledge of state and federal budget cycles and contract approval processes.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Nov. 25.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is recruiting for a senior enterprise technical architect (IT specialist III) to, among other duties, assess and monitor vendor and state staff software development products’ compliance with contract terms and technology best practices.

“The incumbent assesses current IT assets and emerging technology trends to forecast and recommend future technology acquisitions,” the job posting says. “The incumbent assesses training needs related to the application of technology, develops vendor performance measurements, and monitors vendor and product performance against service level agreements as well as expected outcomes.

“The incumbent acts as the DMV enterprise technology architect responsible for providing strategic technical leadership, influence and expertise that drives the modernization project’s use of technology. The incumbent advises and makes formal recommendations to DMV management and executive level staff regarding technology, governance and policy.”

Desirable qualifications for the role, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Solid understanding of as well as demonstrated ability to define the strategic and tactical processes to validate the viability and application of new and emerging technology trends into the Enterprise Architecture Plan.
  • Ability to translate future-state business capabilities and operational objectives into the enterprise architecture road map.
  • Experience in the design and oversight of IT systems to ensure the proper architecture is implemented.
  • Familiarity and expertise with a variety of coding languages, operating systems, infrastructure, platforms and data management tools and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with cloud technologies, such as Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Nov. 29.
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.