State Opens Recruitment for CIO, Deputy Positions

The departments seeking candidates for executive roles include the California Department of Technology and the State Franchise Tax Board.

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State government departments are recruiting for three high-level executive positions, including two deputy positions and a chief information officer.

The California Department of Technology is recruiting for a deputy chief technology innovation officer, working under state Chief Technology Innovation Officer Rick Klau.

The deputy position, a Career Executive Assignment (CEA), “will be the No. 2 exec in our office,” Klau says in a LinkedIn post about the recruitment, “and will help me lead the team as we scale our efforts across California departments and agencies. We’re a fast-growth, technical team inside the California Department of Technology, and we have some big plans in the year ahead.”

Klau was among three high-level appointments that Gov. Gavin Newsom made in February.

“The CEA has significant responsibility for the development, implementation and operation of strategic initiatives and enterprise shared services that streamline and support greater efficiency in the delivery of government services,” the job posting explains. “The CEA will also collaborate with policy, program and technology leaders across the state to accelerate the delivery of complex, mission-critical and time-sensitive digital projects that support the broader goals outlined in the state’s Vision 2023 Strategic Plan.” The CEA will serve as a member of CDT’s executive staff.

The list of responsibilities is lengthy, including:
  • Establish high-level statewide and departmental policies and programs to support digital innovation, improving how state government applies innovative solutions to meet the public’s evolving needs with the goal of enriching customer experiences and improving critical technological applications.
  • Create, develop and implement statewide policies for strategic IT solutions in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), open data, open-source technology, enterprise human resources, artificial intelligence (AI) and statewide web development.
  • Advise, communicate and collaborate with the CDT directorate and executive leadership, the Government Operations Agency (GovOps), the Governor’s Office and other partners and stakeholders across local, state and federal government to ensure that digital innovation objectives are met.
  • Employ leading practices in agile software development, business-centered architecture, cloud-based technologies, user-centered design and the integration of information security, software development and operations.
  • Support and collaborate with GovOps’ Office of Digital Innovation on initiatives to improve how state government applies new technologies including AI, open data, performance improvement, blockchain and open-source technologies.

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,505 to $13,063, and the application deadline is May 20.

CDT is also recruiting for a deputy director of Infrastructure Services, working under the deputy state chief technology officer.

The deputy director is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of state government through the use of cloud computing, which includes managing the Office of Technology Services’ (OTech) infrastructure and services that make up the state’s cloud services offerings. The deputy director is also responsible for management of the California Statewide Wide Area Network (WAN) and management of critical network services to various state government entities.

Additional responsibilities of the position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Resolve high-level risk and issues associated with IT applications and systems using the state’s cloud infrastructure and cloud-based technology service.
  • Serve as a member of CDT’s senior staff, advising the CDT directorate, the executive staff and customers on critical statewide WAN services, data center infrastructure, and all cloud systems and solutions that best meet customers’ business needs.
  • Forge strong partnerships with customers to understand their business objectives and strive to meet those objectives through use of the statewide WAN and other network services offerings that result from customer needs or external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate closely with agency information officers (AIOs), chief information officers (CIOs), customer department executives and CDT executives to ensure tight linkage between strategy and operations. In addition, the deputy ensures that Infrastructure Services is moving toward its desired outcome through agile, cost-effective, innovative, reliable and secure technology.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,360 to $12,341, and the application deadline is May 15.

And the State Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is recruiting for a CIO (Career Executive Assignment) for its Technology Services Division.

The CIO is responsible for establishing FTB's IT direction and plays a key role in the developing, recommending and implementing departmental IT policies, guidelines, procedures and projects. The incumbent is a member of the executive management team and works closely with the executive officer, chief counsel and division chiefs (Governance Council) in developing and implementing IT policies and their effect on internal programs and external parties.

The prerequisites for the position, according to the job posting, are significant, including:
  • “Ability to support, promote and ensure alignment between program goals and the organizations vision and values.”
  • Knowledge of FTB’s Enterprise Data to Revenue Project, the technology and the future business opportunities.
  • Experience implementing successful, large ($10 million-plus) state government technology projects.
  • Experience with large state procurements ($10 million-plus).
  • Previous CIO experience.
  • “Courageous: The will and fortitude to confront fear, risk, uncertainty, intimidation or the popular view; the conviction to do the right thing in the face of popular opposition or discouragement.”

The monthly salary range for the CIO position is $7,442 to $17,513, and the application deadline is June 3.
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