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State Departments, Transit Agency Recruiting for IT Expertise

The entities are seeking an enterprise architect, an IT manager, a chief of operations and a senior network security engineer.

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Three state departments and one Bay Area county transit agency are recruiting for technology professionals, including an architect, a manager and a chief.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is recruiting for a chief enterprise architect (IT specialist III) to lead, direct, plan training and coordinate work activities and resources for DTSC’s enterprise architecture team.

The chief enterprise architect (EA), who will report to the chief information officer, “is responsible for establishing the department’s IT strategic plan, which ensures that the most complex projects are aligned with the department’s strategic plan goals and objectives,” the job posting says. The EA “has authority and decision-making over DTSC’s data center and multi-cloud environments and is responsible for architecting enterprise-wide infrastructure technology and services that will align with advancing DTSC’s mission while ensuring complex information and data-sharing interoperability is established across DTSC programs, state departments and federal programs.”

The EA will serve as the key adviser on all department-wide technology initiatives; enterprise architecture; technology standards; shared technology infrastructure and services (cloud services); and environmental sustainability, the duty statement says. In addition, the EA will lead “development and implementation of innovative technologies by collaborating with technical teams, evaluating and analyzing potential value and risks associated with emerging technologies, and making determinations on enhancing and/or developing approaches into IT operations including but not limited to priorities of the individual IT units,” the duty statement says.

In addition, the EA is responsible for ensuring that the comprehensive infrastructure design reinforces business functions efficiently and effectively. Other duties include identifying high-level, complex technical requirements in support of critical business requirements and coordinating with technical experts at the state, federal and county levels, as well as vendors.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Jan. 3.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is seeking a solution services manager (IT manager I) to manage and provide oversight to Quality Management; Business Analysis and Design; and Enterprise Content and Release Management teams.

The manager “must engage, support, and implement branch and division strategic goals from agile delivery and digital transformation, cloud solutions initiatives development and delivery, automation, to SaaS and COTS products application supports, and maintenance and operations,” the job posting says. The manager “must lead by example with strong hands-on software design, development and testing experiences and capabilities, and guide teams with own experiences, best practices, and modern technologies and skills.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Ability to successfully work in a fast-paced environment and be a change champion.
  • Ability to advocate and lead teams to digital transformation and cultural transformation.
  • Ability to lead by example and hands-on technical pilots, solutions and implementations.
  • Possess professional certificate in AWS, Azure, Enterprise Agile (e.g., Scaled Agile Framework), Business Analysis, and/or Automation Regression Test framework (e.g., Selenium).

More information can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is Jan. 5.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is recruiting for a chief of IT operations (IT manager II) for either the Northern or Southern California IT Operations divisions, reporting to Caltrans’ chief technology officer. The position requires “core competencies” including “change commitment, risk appetite, self-development/growth, conflict management, relationship building, organizational awareness, communication, strategic perspective, and results-driven.”

According to the job posting, requirements include one year of experience as an IT manager I or seven years of IT experience “performing a variety of progressively responsible technical, analytical, supervisory or managerial tasks in support of computer systems or services in one or more of the major six domains or a closely related or emerging information technology field. At least three years of experience shall include performance of highly specialized work in a lead capacity on highly complex or specialized information technology systems or services, or in a progressively responsible supervisory or managerial capacity over highly complex or specialized information technology systems or services.”

More details are available in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Jan. 20.

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) is recruiting for a senior network security engineer to perform innovation and technology security functions associated with “designing and maintaining a secure and reliable network infrastructure.”

The engineer works independently “to identify and remediate potential threats and maintain security of internal and external networks” in a team environment to accomplish larger department goals. The job is located in Oakland.

According to the job posting, the responsibilities of the position include:
  • Plan, organize and direct the daily functions, operations and activities of the Network Security Engineering work unit responsible for a wide range of enterprise systems and software projects.
  • Analyze and monitor network traffic to provide early intrusion detection and prevention and rapid reaction to unexpected and suspicious situations such as unusual traffic volume, port attacks, and rogue devices on the network.
  • Perform operational processes related to satisfying regulatory requirements, including requirements of the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standards (PCI DSS); and refine security awareness programs and communications and security policy and procedure documents required for compliance.
  • Perform regular internal and external IT security assessments and network penetration testing, reporting and issue resolution to ensure the security of traffic that passes through the network, and to ensure that robust security is built into the design and implementation of all networks, servers and storage.
  • Perform routine audits of hardware and software entities on the network in order to find and address security vulnerabilities.
  • Document computer and network security and emergency measures and tests, and monitor compliance with information security procedures and policies.
  • Serve as the district’s network security resource to IT project team members and consult on security issues with other district departments.

“This is an excellent opportunity to work for the largest bus agency in California,” the job posting says.

The annual salary range is $126,661 to $151,278, and the application deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 31.
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