Job Posting: Chief Information Security Officer


Chief Information Security Officer

$10,421.00 - $12,668.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This position is eligible for teleworking under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, but some in-office work may be required.

This advertisement is posted as until filled. Applications will be reviewed every week beginning 12/1/2023, and selections can be made. However, the Job Control will remain open until the vacancy is filled.

California’s long-awaited statewide Cradle-to-Career Data System has launched. You can help build a statewide system that brings together existing data with an aim of addressing barriers to opportunity from early learning, through K-12, college, and career.

We are hiring a Chief Information Security Officer to be the information security authority in an executive management role, overseeing state staff and contractors’ efforts to validate security-related functional and non-functional requirements and directing the maintenance and enforcement of security policies and standards to safeguard C2C systems, data, interfaces, and information processing infrastructure.

We are looking for a leader who is excited to build something new with a small, entrepreneurial team. Our ideal candidate is passionate about information security and risk management, collaborative, and experienced in implementing state, federal, and industry standards and best practices.

About the Role
As the Chief Information Security Officer, you will have responsibility for the information security of the C2C Data System and the Office itself. This includes:

  • Working closely with the System Integrator contractors to ensure deliverables are met throughout the System Development Life Cycle
  • Reporting to C2C’s Executive Team and project stakeholders, including data-sharing partners, on security risks and issues
  • Leading the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive information security program and risk management program
  • Managing security incidents and compliance reporting
Your work will be challenging, fun, and focused on enabling Californians to build a more equitable future.

About You
The following captures your approach:
  • You have innovative ideas for informing cybersecurity and risk management with values like equity, transparency, collaboration, accountability, and curiosity
  • You have a passion for improving the lives of young people, including empowering students, community members, researchers, and policy makers with actionable information and data systems
  • You have practical experience developing security policies and building new systems
  • You are highly organized and skilled at project managing multiple work streams at the same time
  • You have a track record of effective leadership and working collaboratively within an organization and across organizations

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Chief Information Security Officer
$10,421.00 - $12,668.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Cradle-to-Career Data (C2C) is a new state investment working to build a statewide data system that will provide tools to help students reach their goals and deliver reliable and actionable information on education and workforce outcomes.

California’s information on early education, K-12 schools, colleges, social services, and employment is currently separate and disconnected. That’s why California authorized the creation of the Cradle-to-Career Data System. Through a collaborative 18-month planning process, we designed a data system to be a suite of user-friendly resources focused on early learning through K-12 and higher education, as well as on the financial aid and social services that help students reach their goals. It will include:
  • Planning and application tools for students, families, and educators to streamline the college and financial aid processes and monitor student progress,
  • Dashboards, query tools, and an analytical data set for researchers, policymakers, educators, and community members to inform research, advocacy, and policy analysis, and
  • Community engagement and training to raise awareness of the data system and ensure it can be used by students, families, educators, researchers, and policymakers.

Our vision is to foster evidence-based decision-making to help Californians build more equitable futures and empower individuals to reach their full potential. This is your chance to join a brand-new office to build a transformative set of services to help Californians successfully navigate life from cradle to career.
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Special Requirements

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide direct responses to each of the numbered items listed below. Each individual response must be numbered and include the full text of the numbered items prior to your response. Please include specific examples of your education, training, and/or experience. Limit your SOQ to a maximum of two (2) pages, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

1. Please describe your experience in developing, implementing, and managing the security policies to meet the state, federal and/or industry security standards and best practices.

2. Please describe your experience with information security incident response and remediation.

3. Please describe your experience with security assessments, analyzing the risks, and planning and implementing the effective remedies or mitigations.

Note:Applicants who do not follow these instructions may be disqualified from the selection process. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Attn: Human Resources Office - Catherine Rude
1515 S Street
North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Human Resources Office - Catherine Rude
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - If you are basing your eligibility on education, provide your transcripts. Applicants with foreign transcripts must provide a transcript evaluation that indicates the number of units to which the foreign course work is equivalent. Transcripts and evaluations may be unofficial; official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please redact birthdates and social security numbers. If you are not basing your eligibility on an educational requirement, you may instead use the bypass option (when applying, select Choose/Upload for the required document and then select Bypass File).
  • Other - A cover letter is required.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for instructions.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent lived experience in information technology, computer science, information security, engineering, software development, or cyber security
  • Current CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification
  • Current CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor) certification
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to adjust to changing priorities and quickly respond to urgent matters
  • Ability to work in a team environment while keeping an Enterprise perspective and demonstrating initiative, ownership, accountability, and independence
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check (see Education Code 10873)


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Catherine Rude
(916) 658-3976

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
RA Coordinators
(916) 324-3235
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Application Information

Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your social security number, birthdate, student identification number, driver license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of the application submitted online through your CalCareers account will be redacted automatically upon submission.

Using the online application system as specified in this announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel deliver or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.

Applications must be complete and include a description of the duties performed for each position held; reference to a resume (“See Resume”) in place of a description of the duties performed will not be accepted.

Additional positions may be filled from this recruitment.

Examination Information

For more information on the steps to a state job please click here.

To obtain list eligibility for the Information Technology Manager II position(s), you must first take the online Information Technology Manager II exam.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail