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  • 506959
  • Full-time


COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.



Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $56,180 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Prevention Services Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

What You'll Do:

- The AZ Health Zone Tribal Liaison will support the AZ Health Zone SNAP-Ed program in integrating our three foundational principles of Trauma Informed approaches, community engagement and health equity to support programming with tribal communities.

- The Tribal Liaison will be responsible for building relationships with tribal communities and governments, writing and maintaining tribal contracts, consulting with tribal partners on reports, CERs, provide guidance and scheduling of tribal consultations and presentations, engage tribal agencies and governments in discussions, and meet all USDA tribal requirements.

- This position will use a trauma aware lens when selecting or developing curricula/materials for use in the tribal community. This position will establish program goals and objectives and direct the implementation of community engagement and relationship building practices in tribal communities.

- You will be responsible for providing training to state staff and local agencies on Arizona's tribal communities, communicate on the needs of tribal communities, and assist to develop culturally relevant activities and materials.

- You will be required to write and maintain contracts with tribal partners, facilitate advisory groups to gather input on program implementation, recipes, marketing, and other materials that would support work in the communities. This guidance will help to develop operational procedures and monitor projects within the AZ Health Zone program to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

- You will work closely with local implementing agencies such as the local health departments and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension to review and approve action plans and contracts, provide technical assistance, trainings, site visits to counties around Arizona, and convene committees and working groups to adapt program implementation to meet rural and urban tribal needs.

- As the AZ Health Zone Tribal Liaison, you will work to stay up to date and interpret rules and regulations from USDA and tribal partners and provide guidance and prepares informational publications for program staff and local implementing agencies on Arizona tribal communities.

This position is required to perform work at/attend meetings at alternate locations and/or travel when necessary.

Job Duties:

- Provides leadership and is responsible for the planning, development, and coordination for tribal program implementation and building relationships with tribal communities partners, such as FDPIR and ITCA. Support comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental change strategies related to food systems, childhood, and active living.
- Establishes and directs the AZ Health Zone program to create goals and objectives around working with tribal partners and stakeholders. Builds capacity through developing and administering trainings, workshops, committees, and conference sessions. Facilitates discussions to gather input on program materials and recipes with a trauma informed lens.
- Manages and maintains tribal contracts, consulting with tribal partners on reports, assisting in completing CERs, and providing guidance to contracted partners in Arizona by having consistent communication, building relationships, providing technical assistance, and thoroughly reviewing qualitative/quantitative reports.
- Interprets rules, regulations, and national and state policies. Updates state policies as needed. Provides technical assistance and leadership to the state team staff, Local Implementing Agencies, community partners and stakeholders on building tribal community relationships, policies, and practices.
- Interprets data to inform decision making. Provides local implementing agencies support and technical assistance to accurately report activities and expand/enhance their programming.
- Serves on or leads state committees that impact program implementation in tribal communities. Coordinates statewide projects that will impact policy changes for tribal communities and nutrition and physical activity programming.
- Prepares and submits documents to support grant requests, reports, and other documents for submission to USDA, DES, ADHS leadership, and other key partners as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Arizona Tribal Communities
-Evidence-based strategies and best practices for direct education, policy, system, and environmental changes, and message development.
- Trauma Informed Principles and Community Engagement strategies
-Program and project planning and management
-Creating goals and strategies to assist with development of a population based state plan.
-Federal and state rules and regulations to ensure program compliance.
-Creating goals, SMAART objectives, and strategies to assist with development of a population based state plan.
-Federal and state rules and regulations to ensure program compliance.
-Emerging trends in nutrition, education and health promotion.
-Broad knowledge of the importance of nutrition and physical activity in a communities wellbeing.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Writing, public speaking, and MS Office.
- Problem-solving, strategic thinking, negotiation, and sounds judgment.
- Planning and executing projects and programs.
- Prioritizing project tasks.
- Data Management, data collection, analysis and interpretation and technical report writing.
- Report preparation and record keeping.
- Virtual and in-person settings.

Ability to:
- Communicate and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities.
- Prioritize and work with minimal supervision.
- Travel to various locations for meetings, presentations, and events.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with local, state, and federal officials, community representatives, and other departmental administrators.
- Organize and coordinate multiple projects on tight deadlines.
-Interpret data to influence decision making and provide technical support.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Social Work, or a closely related field with 3 years work experience in program management, public health and or training. Master's Degree in a related field may substitute for one year of the professional work experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.