By Bob Gourley
I received the following request for help in finding a CTO in email today:
DHS is recruiting for a Chief Technology Officer. This SES position reports directly to the CIO. Please see below for more information and the link to the vacancy announcement.
This position serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Applied Technology (OAT) of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) under the supervision of the CIO. The CTO is responsible for leading the technology strategy and direction for a wide variety of mission, business and enterprise systems, providing expert guidance on emerging technologies, advisory services and investment and initiative planning in support of the information technology and business management needs of OCIO. The development, implementation and management of a set of enterprise services are an integral part of the strategy to provide high quality and highly available services across OCIO.
The announcement is posted on USAJOBs: Link to announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337871600
This is clearly a position where the right individual can make an incredibly positive difference for the nation.
Here is more from the USA Jobs announcement:
In today’s interconnected world our country’s security challenges are constantly evolving. To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. With a diverse and critical mission, we lead the unified national effort to secure America.
The mission of DHS is carried out every day by dedicated men and women who answer the noble call to public service with superior courage. Come be a part of the best in preventing and deterring terrorist attacks, protecting against and responding to potential threats, ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free-flow of commerce.
This position is located in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Under Secretary for Management (USM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and senior executive advising and reporting to the CIO and the Deputy CIO.
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) provides vision, leadership and advice in the development of information technology (IT) strategies and approaches leveraging emerging industry technology and standards.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO):
- Promote the advancement of Information Technology (IT) within DHS to drive standardization of technologies, evolution of best practices, and identification of technology trends and/or approaches that may support or impede the fulfillment of DHS mission through collaboration and knowledge sharing with and education of management, partners, customers, and stakeholders.
- Serve as the key interface between DHS components and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in collaboration with the CIO’s Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) and the DHS Science and Technology Office (S&T), overseeing IT and information resource management for DHS.
- Represent the CIO on a wide variety of information management and IT issues with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Congressional committees, the Inspector General, the General Accounting Office (GAO), trade associations, and private industry.
- Lead strategic planning to achieve DHS goals by identifying and prioritizing development initiatives; setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of IT services; assessing and ensuring that DHS internal technological policy processes and customer-facing services comply with community expectations and applicable laws and regulations for privacy, security, and social responsibility.
- Identify technology trends and emerging technologies that may support or impede the fulfillment of DHS mission.
- Identify opportunities for innovation, assessing industry obstacles that may hinder the successful implementation of CIO directives and/or vision.
- Identify opportunities and/or risks for delivering OCIO services, such as leveraging emerging technologies in partnership with stakeholders and headquarter offices, directorates, and components within DHS.
- Establish governance processes of direction and control to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately, and the organization’s resources are used strategically in all areas of IT with consideration of emerging technologies within the industry.