Job Posting: Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

CA Earthquake Authority

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
C. E. A.

$7,190.00 - $16,679.00

Final Filing Date: 2/24/2019

Job Description and Duties

Under the administrative direction of the Chief Insurance and Technology Officer, the incumbent is accountable for and directs all the California Earthquake Authority (The Authority) IT security initiatives and work efforts. The CISO provides oversight of and participates in the planning, development, and implementation of enterprise information security initiatives, and all enterprise policies and strategies associated with the security of the Authority's electronic data. The CISO also acts as a expert and senior consultant to the Authority's employees, staff members, and customers on the implementation of current the Authority's policies, standards, and best practices.

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 (CISO)
    C. E. A.
    $7,190.00 - $16,679.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Earthquake Authority is a not-for-profit public instrumentality of the State of California, authorized by law to issue residential earthquake insurance. We educate Californians about earthquake risk, provide mitigation opportunities and resources for existing residences, and make available a range of fairly priced insurance options to provide for repairs, rebuilding, and recovery after earthquake-caused loss. Outside the state budget and exempted from many governmental reporting and regulatory requirements, we operate in California’s competitive insurance market as a regulated insurance provider. We are located in the Renaissance Tower, 801 K Street, Suite 1000, Sacramento, California, with access to mass transit and free garage parking.
    Department Website:

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 2/24/2019

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    CA Earthquake Authority
    Attn: HumanResources (18-04)
    801 K Street Suite 1000
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Human Resources (18-04)
    801 K Street Suite 1000
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    Entrance Qualifications

    • A Bachelor’s Degree in an information security-related discipline such as computer science, business administration, or information science and security.
    • General IT and/or Cloud Security Certifications.
    • At least five (5) years of IT security management experience that includes managing security operations and teams.
    • Above three (3) years of experience implementing multi-year programs and projects with legal/regulatory requirements, financial constraints, and technological adoption.
    • Above three (3) years of experience working within various IT environments and services, such as Azure Cloud, Vendor Data Centers, Tenable Security Center, Team Foundation Server, Office 365, Active Directory, SharePoint, SQL, etc.
    • Above three (3) years of experience managing the IT security associated with sensitive and confidential data, mobile devices, and patching and upgrading systems, applications, services and other infrastructure foundational components.
    • Above three (3) years of experience developing, planning, and implementing IT security programs for business functions that include large financial risk and high level of data security risk.
    • Experience interacting with, influencing, and building business relationships with multiple stakeholders and departments, including high-level executives.

    Minimum Qualifications

    CEA examinations are open to all applicants who possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements as described in the examination bulletin. Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Examination Information

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    In addition to being part of an exciting and vital mission of helping 39.5 million California homeowners and renters reduce their risk of earthquake damage and loss, the Authority offers competitive pay, benefits, and features for its workforce.

    To view the benefits of working at the Authority, please click HERE

    To view the C.E.A. Benefits and Termination rights, please click HERE.

    To view the pay and benefits offered to California civil service employees, please click HERE.

    Contact Information

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

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Human Resources
    (916) 661-6300

    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:
    EEO Officer
    (916) 661-5400
    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.


    Applications received without a SOQ will not be considered.

    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:

    • The SOQ must be numbered in the same order and address the questions below.
    • The SOQ must be typed in Arial 12 point font, single-spaced, on letter sized paper, (8.5" x 11"), and no more than TWO pages in length.
    • Responses should be complete, specific, clear, concise, and include examples.
    • Resumes or Cover letter will not be considered a substitute for the SOQ.

    For each of the questions below, please provide specific examples of your experience in the relevant areas. Include a discussion of pertinent issues, course of action, outcome and measurements of success.

    1. Describe your experience in successful execution of IT security strategy with limited budget and/or little or no staff.
    2. Describe your experience working within various IT environments and services, such as Azure Cloud, Vendor Data Centers, Tenable Security Center, Team Foundation Server, Office 365, Active Directory, SharePoint, SQL, etc.
    3. Describe your experience managing IT security associated with insurance administration systems, Azure service provider, application development security and/or data breach response.
    4. Describe your experience developing, planning, and implementing IT security programs for an insurance or financial services company or as a service provider to an insurance or financial company.
    5. Describe your experience in successful provision of IT security embedded within application development and architecture standards.

    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