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Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)(EMS4)

IT/Software Development Jobs
Washington Technology Solutions

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 12, 2019
Expired on
November 11, 2019
Washington Technology Solutions
Olympia, WA
Years of Experiences
5 - 10
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff), Executive (SVP, VP, Department Head, etc)
Education Level
Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Professional
Depends on Qualifications

About Washington Technology Solutions

Need Help Applying? Contact Jamie Robinson| Recruitment Specialist at 360.407.8810 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State Government offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with very affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending plan which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website (link is external) Retirement and Deferred Compensation WaTech employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems (link is external)' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (link is external)(DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing Vacation starting your first month of employment and are able to take leave after six months of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State generously supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.

Contact name
Jamie Robinson

Job description

Assistant Director for the OCIO

About the Office of the Chief Information Office (OCIO):
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) within Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech) is looking for someone who shares our passion for making a difference.  The OCIO's unique role in state government is to:

  • Provide independent oversight, accountability and transparency to major IT projects conducted by state agencies

  • Build supporting structures so that state agency projects can be successful in achieving intended outcomes using sound project management

  • Create clarity and alignment for IT investments across state government through the state's portfolio management and enterprise architecture programs.

  • Establish standards and policies for efficient and consistent technology practices and operations within state agencies

  • Educate and inform policy leaders on the health and status of the state's overall technology portfolio

  • Operate the state's data privacy and open data program

What would you be doing in this role? 
The Assistant Director for the OCIO is responsible for the state's information technology (IT) strategic vision and planning, enterprise architecture, policy, and project approval and oversight.  This position oversees the day-to-day activities of the team conducting project oversight activities. The position reports to the Deputy Director for Strategy & Management.

  • Day-to-day management of the six staff providing project approval and oversight functions to high risk/high-impact projects under OCIO oversight. 

  • Oversees the creation of policy, standards and processes associated with major project determination, project approval and oversight as well as project quality assurance. 

  • Makes recommendations on projects to be redirected, suspended or terminated to the Deputy Director when warranted.

  • Leads the financial gating certification process as outlined in the biennial and supplemental budgets. 

  • Responsible for the development of protocols for the gating and closely coordinates with key OFM and legislative staff to understand the needs of the authorizing environment.

  • Provides periodic analysis, reports on major projects, and participate in the development of the biennial portfolio report.

  • This position also manages four additional  'master level' staff and coordinates activities between the team of oversight consultants and the project management experts.

  • Oversees the development of the independent report to the legislative fiscal committees making recommendations about oversight. 

  • Analyzes the IT Project Assessment database and make adjustments and additions to  IT Projects or other risk assessment methodologies used in the office as indicated by the analysis.

  • Responsible for the IT Project Dashboard, ensuring design and content meet the needs of the authorizing environment. Selects the software and oversees requirements for enhancements to the site. 

Here is What We Are Looking For:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in technology or public administration or closely related field

  • A minimum of Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in information technology, including at least Two (2) years in managing one or more information technology teams

  • A minimum of Two (2) years' experience directly managing projects or in a managerial position that oversees a portfolio of project.  This experience may be concurrent with the Seven (7) year requirement above.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be able to interpret and present complex and occasionally controversial information for broad audience use.

An Ideal Candidate Will Have These Desired Qualifications

  • A Master's Degree in technology or closely allied field

  • Experience as an agency CIO, Deputy CIO or other closely allied technology leadership position in a governmental environment.

  • Experience with state budgeting, administrative policy and policy development processes

  • Experience with legislative processes and intergovernmental relations

  • Background in developing and implementing technology strategic plans and associated metrics.

  • Executive level decision making


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