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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:  501 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: $160,000 - 230,000 

Grade: E6



The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) campus is on 93-acres of land located at 24th Street and Van Buren, in Phoenix, Arizona. The facility provides inpatient psychiatric care to persons with serious mental illness who are in need of long term behavioral health care. We operate in excess of 300 beds and there are three distinct campuses: Civil, Forensic, and the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC). 

We are searching for someone to drive organizational success, use astute judgement, lead boldly, shape strategy and earn unwavering trust.

The CEO will direct the Arizona State Hospital operations, oversee all aspects of the Hospital, ensuring compliance with Federal and State regulations, accreditation standards as well as all applicable statutes, laws, rules and licensure regulations. You will also oversee the clinical care provided to patients at the Hospital.  Additionally, you will provide overall direction for hospital related activities involved in planning, coordinating and overseeing construction and renovation for the Arizona State Hospital.

Familiarity with therapeutically relevant techniques that conform to the current ethical and legal standards set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Center of Medicare and Medicaid services will be vital to be successful in this role.


- Plans, directs and organizes day-to-day operations/activities of the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), that includes ancillary and in-patient clinical services. Directs and oversees the Civil Hospital, Forensic Hospital, and ACPTC (sexual violent persons) program. Establishes operating policies and procedures in conjunction with the ASH Executive Management Team (EMT). Directs the development of hospital strategic plans.
- In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer, ensures in-patient treatment consistent with state licensing standards, JCAHO and Medicare regulations and requirements. Evaluates quality of services provided and directs continued improvement, changes and/or development of programs.
- Addresses/testifies before legislative committees and/or the Arizona State Legislature, and various public boards, commissions and organizations, on the status of hospital programs and/or budget requests. Prepares and presents budgetary requests for hospital and patient needs.
- Submits annual report of the Arizona State Hospital pursuant to A.RS. 36-209. Directs the development and implementation of the annual budget. Prepares a variety of management reports and/or ad-hoc reports, as requested by the DHS Director, DHS Deputy Director and others.
- Directs/responds to hospital employee relations issues in accordance with applicable federal and state policies and procedures. Strives to ameliorate and/or resolve problems related to in-patient care/treatment in compliance with applicable rules, regulations and hospital standards.


Knowledge of:
- Mental health/hospital administration, planning and program development.
- State and federal laws.
- Department of Administration and Department of Health Services, regulations and licensure standards of rules and regulations of the Joint.
- Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) and CMS certification.
- All rules and regulations applicable to administering a mental health in-patient facility.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Written and oral communication.
- Organization and planning.
- Directing treatment and rehabilitative programs for persons suffering from serious mental illness or behavior disorders.
- Administration and hospital management; in interpersonal relations.
- Personal computers and various software packages; in analytical skills (i.e., data management/administration).
- Maintaining sensitivity, objectivity, and flexibility under pressure.
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, family members, and co-workers.
- Analyzing situations accurately and taking appropriate action.

Ability to:
- Directs, plans programs, maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic environment.
- Remain flexible in constantly changing environment.
- Analyze and interpret complex federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
- 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.


Masters degree in Healthcare Management or a Healthcare related field or Public Administration with 5 years experience in management of a behavioral health/medical program administration in a hospital environment; mental health related experience in both an institutional and community setting.


A State hospital employee must possess a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to A.RS. 41-1758.07 or must apply for a level one clearance fingerprint clearance card within seven working days after beginning employment.

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.


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.