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  • 511724
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Sep 26 2022 at 23:55 MST


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans. Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.


Division of Technology Services

Job Location:

Address:  1400 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,723 - $85,087

Grade: 25

Closing Date: September 26, 2022

This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the department's business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.  

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Technology Services (DTS), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Azure SQL Database Administrator.

The Database Administrator (DBA) is responsible for the overall management and maintenance of information databases used to operate IT applications and systems. The DBA partners with application teams and infrastructure operations to ensure that database performance is not hindered and performance standards adhere to service level agreements set with the enterprise.

The state of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State's Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces.  All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:

● Partners with development teams to design data management and governance protocols, manages the information lifecycle, and design infrastructure and data integration controls.
● Proactively solves problems. Installs, monitors, and directs proactive and reactive measures to ensure the availability, integrity, confidentiality, and reliability of database systems.
● Meets performance standards in accordance with service level agreements set by the company.
● Identifies data sources, constructs data decomposition diagrams, provides data flow diagrams and documents the process. Implement and review appropriate security guidelines/mechanisms.
● Understands business strategy and cascades business intelligence needs to the database level.
● Analyzes and reports the performance of database operations against the key database performance metrics. Develops and test database migration procedures and performs database migrations.
● Designs, configures, implements, and administers all databases for the respective parties involved.
● Develops database administration tools/utilities/operation procedures.
● Builds and manages the database disaster recovery and backup plan. Performs database maintenance functions.
● Moves, rebuilds, or changes database objects as required in production.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

● Knowledge in physical data models, technical architecture, system interfaces, etc.
● Knowledge in SQL with an emphasis on the Azure Platform.
● Knowledge in implementing Azure SQL Database for operational relational database jobs in Azure-based data-to-analytics pipelines and data-centric solutions.
● Knowledge in Azure SQL Database is a mature and powerful dbPaaS offering that can meet a wide range of relational database workload scenarios.
● Knowledge in determining whether Azure SQL Database’s few missing feature innovations are necessary to satisfy operational database needs and build mitigation strategies for those missing features into their overall solution architectures, if required.

● Skills in customer service.
● Skills in interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
● Skills in anticipating risks and mitigate in the moment.
● Skills in relational databases (e.g. Oracle, SQL Server, MS Access)

● Ability to to think through problems and provide solutions.
● Ability to correlate IT industry standard best practices to regularly executed solutions within the Division of Technology Services (DTS) and S&P.
● Ability to organize, plan and coordinate activities that are beneficial for all DES administrations.
● Ability to install and support relational database management systems
● (RDMS).
● Ability to find root causes of problems and quickly determines efficient solutions.
● Ability to assist developers in troubleshooting the cause of SQL and/or application failures.
● Ability to maintain database availability that will meet required Service Level Agreements.
● Ability to design and implement a high-availability strategy.
● Ability to maintain and enforce departmental data standards.
● Ability to maintain test regions, including promotion or retrofitting changes to/from production.
● Ability to correctly use DBA ease-of-use tools to rapidly migrate and verify changes.

Selective Preference(s):


Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Associate degree plus 1 – 3 years of experience in database administration (or equivalent experience).
● Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all
newly hired State employees.
● Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the
above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
● ARS 41-1969 Each employee or contractor of the department of economic security who is employed in an information technology position shall have a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to section ARS 41-1758.07.
● Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.


The Arizona Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

- Career Advancement & Employee Development Opportunities
- Flexible schedules to create a work/life balance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Stipend Opportunities
- Infant at Work Program
- RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
- Affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision
- Life and Disability Insurance

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive.  Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right.  An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

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


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.

On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please contact Frank Topor at ftopor@azdes.gov or call 480-536-3791.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-536-3791.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.c


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.