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State Real Estate Department Recruiting for CIO

The California Department of Real Estate “re-evaluated its information technology organizational structure and, by creating a new executive position, re-established its commitment to keeping DRE on stride with technological advancements and enhanced information security,” Assistant Commissioner Shelly Wilson told Techwire.

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The state entity that regulates the real estate industry is recruiting for a new chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment).

The California Department of Real Estate (DRE), whose mission is to oversee and regulate the industry for the protection of consumers and professionals, is seeking a leader to direct all IT functions and oversee the development, implementation and maintenance of the department’s IT program, including information security.

The CIO will serve as a key policy adviser to DRE’s chief deputy commissioner and commissioner on all IT matters and their related program impact, according to the job posting and the duty statement.

“As technology evolves, enhances, and changes our way of life, so too must government agencies in how they manage their IT resources and the surrounding security,” DRE’s assistant commissioner for administrative service, Shelly Wilson, told Techwire in an email. Recently, she said, DRE “re-evaluated its information technology organizational structure and, by creating a new executive position, re-established its commitment to keeping DRE on stride with technological advancements and enhanced information security.”

The responsibilities of the position, and the percentage of time devoted to each, include:

  • Plan, develop and implement policies and procedures relating to the department’s IT program. Ensure effective enterprise management of IT policies and oversee the IT strategic planning, policy development, goal setting, ongoing support, and enhancement of the network of statewide technology systems within the department. Develop and oversee IT governance and change management structure and conduct regular meetings regarding IT projects. (35 percent)
  • Oversee application development, maintenance and support, Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Information System (EIS) support, information security, database administration, and LAN/WAN desktop support. Responsible for the department’s Enterprise Applications development, implementation, operations and enhancements for the portfolio of applications, including all legacy and newly implemented enterprise systems and upcoming IT projects. (30 percent)
  • Oversee the development and updating of all IT project plans, including project objectives, technologies, systems, information specification, schedules, funding, resources and staffing. Direct the efforts required to stabilize and strengthen IT, including security, network, storage, communication, wireless, hardware, software and infrastructure. (25 percent)
  • Responsible for appraising and advising the chief deputy commissioner and commissioner and serve as a key policy adviser on highly sensitive, political, and complex technology issues and potential problems, including addressing the pros/cons of emerging technologies and examining their costs and benefits to the department in terms of return on investment. Provide IT direction and consultation to the executive leadership team, information security officer, IT management team, contractors, and program staff on all facets of IT policy, planning and management. (10 percent)

The CIO is expected to travel occasionally for training or meetings. The incumbent must possess good communication skills, good judgment, creativity and flexibility in problem identification and resolution.

The monthly salary range for the CIO position is $7,781 to $18,310, and the application deadline is Aug. 16.
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.