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Technology, Emergency Agencies Recruiting for IT Professionals

Available positions include information security officer, IT manager and senior business analyst/architect.

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Three state departments — one dealing with technology and two dealing with emergencies — are recruiting for specialty positions.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is seeking an information security officer (IT manager I), who will report to the chief information officer. The information security officer (ISO) is responsible for overseeing and implementing information security policies, standards, guidelines, processes, procedures and best practices, according to the job posting and duty statement.

“The ISO manages the CAL FIRE information security program and CAL FIRE Cyber Security Incident Response,” the duty statement says. Responsibilities of the role include:
  • Establish and maintain CAL FIRE security policies and procedures in compliance with state information security and privacy requirements, and work with agency and state ISOs to meet policy frameworks and guidelines.
  • Act as the information technology privacy officer and oversee CAL FIRE compliance with state policies and procedures regarding the privacy of data under the stewardship of CAL FIRE. Approve proposals to use technologies to maintain or access files containing confidential or sensitive data.
  • Establish administrative safeguards for properly securing individuals’ personal information. Respond to all requests from legal entities relating to privacy compliance or investigations.
  • Oversee the IT Risk Management program and perform regular risk assessments and work with the CIO, compliance officer and operations manager to ensure that risks are identified and mitigated where practical. Assist the CIO in defining and implementing an IT risk program.
  • Drive a predictive instead of reactive approach to new and emerging technologies, anticipating potential risk concerns prior to implementation.

The application deadline for this position is Monday. The monthly salary range is $8,381 to $11,231.

The California Department of Technology is recruiting for an IT manager II to serve in an executive role, managing, overseeing and performing “the most critical, sensitive and complex tasks related to statewide non-delegated IT and telecommunications project procurements.”

“The incumbent will participate in the formulation, development, promulgation and implementation of the state’s IT and telecommunication procurement strategy, policy and procedures, with a focus on reducing complex and unclear requirements, streamlining processes, improving the quality of the solution/service procured and protecting the state’s best interests,” according to the job posting and duty statement. The manager “independently directs and manages, under broad direction of the deputy director, professional staff in the completion of procurement objectives and activities in accordance with legal statutes, regulations, policies, standards, and procedures,” the posting says.

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Thorough understanding of principles, practices and trends related to IT and telecommunications acquisitions.
  • Thorough understanding of and experience with various IT and telecom project procurement methodologies and fundamentals.
  • Thorough knowledge of project, contract and vendor management methodologies and best practices.
  • Extensive experience with state-level policies and procedures relating to the acquisition of statewide IT and telecom goods and services.
  • Extensive experience with the state’s administrative processes, including Budget Change Proposal development, HR functions, legislative bill analysis and program management.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Dec. 30.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is recruiting for a senior business analyst/architect (IT specialist III) to play “a key role in aligning Cal OES’s strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding IT products and services, partners and vendors, capabilities, and key business and IT initiatives.”

“As a senior business analyst and architect at Cal OES, you will provide expert-level business analysis and business architect management functions in support of the agency’s diverse enterprise project portfolio needs, including new technology initiatives,” the job posting says. “You will play a key role in understanding business needs, value and requirements and assisting business to make informed decisions. You will be responsible for business analysis activities, capturing business requirements, user stories, tracking and managing requirements, including communicating with both the business and technical staff.”

More detail about the position is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,357, and the application deadline is Jan. 15.
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.