National Resources Conservation Service seeks CIO

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The Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service is looking for a chief information officer. The job pays between $119,554 and $179,700 per year and is open for applications until March 4.

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This position serves as the Chief information Officer responsible for provides national leadership, technical direction, and serves as the principal advisor to the Chief, Associate Chief, and Deputy Chief for Management, NRCS leadership, and other key officials on information management services to ensure the Agency’s program needs are addressed, to market innovative uses of technology, and to facilitate the Agency’s access to needed information resources. Stimulates the use of innovative information technology solutions by shaping strategic objectives during the program planning, resource acquisition, and allocation processes; participates in the program systems planning process as an agent for change; and produces a supporting strategic information resources plan that is linked to the Agency’s business functions.

Oversees the development and ensures the integration of the Information Technology Strategic Plan with the Agency’s business practices and Strategic Plan. Serves as a long­ term strategist and provides executive level advice as it relates to the Administration’s agenda on e-Govemment, information technology converged systems, Service Center Modernization Initiative, and the Common Computing Environment.  Provides leadership and oversees the administration of agency-wide systems operations and prioritizes information technology systems amongst programmatic areas to ensure effective use of resources and achievement of Agency’s objectives.

Provides leadership in the overall planning, formulation, and direction of the Agency’s information technology policies, regulations, standards, procedures and instructions to be used by data processing personnel and users with regard to systems.  Evaluates the effectiveness of the systems and consults with other executives and managers to ensure attainment of goals. The CIO represents NRCS on all information technology issues with Congress, Government Accountability Agency, Office of Management and Budget.

Provides broad oversight in ensuring compliance with requirements of Executive Order, Acts, legislation, regulations, and issuances governing information resources

technology policy for NRCS, Stakeholders and partners. Ensures NRCS compliance with federal and departmental policy and guidance. Policy and program planning, formulation, oversight , and direction includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:

Information Systems  –  Provides oversight and directs systems development and implementation through the life cycle management process. Business Applications include customer service toolkits; electronic technical guides; engineering; resource analysis; integrated accountability system; program operations; management applications; natural resource information, inventory, and assessment resource data warehouse; water and climate data management and delivery; service center shared applications; and general support system.

Information Management – Provides oversight and executive leadership in the collection of information through forms and reports. Ensures compliance with various rules, regulations, Acts, and requirements of the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accounting Office, the Office of Inspector General, and other comparable Federal agencies.

Directives and Regulations – Provides leadership in the management of the directives and regulatory programs.  Provides expert advice and guidance of rules and policy notices to be published in the Federal Register.

Technology Management:  Broad oversight and policy review of proposals for acquisition of automated data processing, telecommunications equipment, software and services.

Software Management & Development:  Provides leadership for the design. documentation, modification, testing, installation, implementation and support of new or existing application software.  Oversees the design of application architectures; maintenance of hardware and software testing facility; and help desk support for business applications.

Security:  Provides oversight and leadership to ensure information security reliability and accessibility.  Provides guidance to protect the integrity and confidentiality of systems, networks, and data.

Telecommunications Management:  Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of an agency-wide telecommunications program and system for all forms of electronic communications including·data, radio, facsimile, and telephone needs.

Emergency Preparedness/Continuity of Operations – Responsible for creating and maintaining a Continuity of Government (COG) program. The CIO provides policy guidance and oversight to the program. The CIO is responsible for budgeting, planning, designing, developing, and administering a continuity program in Federal, State, and/or local government in support of NRCS.

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