By: Kayleen Carter, CA DCSS
The State of California has condensed and simplified the 36 Information Technology (IT) personnel classifications with nine new IT classifications, directly affecting staff at the California Department of Child Support Services (CA DCSS).
The new classifications, implemented January 31, include: IT Manager I and II, IT Supervisor I and II, IT Specialist I, II and III, IT Associate, and IT Technician.
All of these classifications will be employed in each of six domains, meant to better identify the areas of work so applicants can make more informed decisions based on their areas of expertise. The six domains are: Business Technology Management, Client Services, Software Engineering, Information Security, IT Project Management, and System Engineering.
Tina Ramirez, Branch Chief of Human Resources for CA DCSS, said that some of the reasons for the consolidation were to simplify the state system of hiring, allow for a broader candidate pool both internally and externally, and better address the needs of IT departments within the state.
The proposal was drafted by the California Department of Human Resources (Cal HR), then given to the State Personnel Board, who voted to approve the IT classification consolidation proposal on January 11, 2018.
New hires will have to take a new online exam through the State to be considered for one of the nine classifications. State employees in the original classifications do not need to take an exam, but will be reclassified in accordance with the approved consolidation proposal. Ramirez confirmed that reclassified employees would not have their pay reduced because of this consolidation.
Branch Chief Ramirez also said that the new classifications are statewide and not just specific to CA DCSS; any department in the state hiring IT employees will be impacted. We hope that all state employees will have a smooth transition into their new roles!