The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for highly skilled individuals who are committed to service, community, and teamwork to be part of our amazing culture of helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance.
The DES Child Care Administration has recently become its own Division within DES, and is responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of the Child Care and Development Fund State Plan, and additional federal child care relief investments which require states to ensure equitable access to high quality child care, focused on child development and well-being. The Division of Child Care (DCC) is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Program Development Specialist (Contracts Management Specialist 3). This position is responsible for working with contracted vendors to assess the delivery of high quality professional development training including those required under the Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization (CCDBG).
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.
- Provide statewide technical assistance both remotely and in-person to contracted providers and vendors.
- Monitor and evaluate contracts to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services statewide.
- Ensure contract goals and objectives are being met.
- Develop, plan, implement, and monitor child care provider programs and initiatives.
- Conduct research in early childhood education and development to assist contracts unit in developing contracts.
- Assist with writing policy and procedure documents relating to contract operations.
- Develop detailed service specifications, contractor requirements; develop and implement surveys/questionnaires for use in request for proposals (RFP'S).
- Arizona's early care and education system, child care resource and referral system, DES child care subsidy, and early learning standards.
- Federal and state statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to child care in Arizona.
- Contract development and program evaluation methods.
- Best practices in early care and education, evidence-based approaches, curriculum development, and adult learning principles.
- Case management principles and practices.
- Project management, collaboration, public speaking, and conflict resolution.
- Strong written and verbal communication.
- Program design and evaluation.
- Developing presentations, data analysis, research, and report preparation.
- Think critically, problem solve, adapt to a variety of people and situations.
- Provide coaching to early child care and education professionals and vendors.
- Develop process improvements and standard work.
- Implement strategy; establish priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time management methodologies.
- Travel in and out of State as needed, based on business needs.
- Bilingual (Spanish). A bachelor's degree in early childhood education; social work; human services or equivalent; and four years of work experience in child welfare, early childhood, or K-12 education systems plus one year experience with program development and evaluation, developing, writing, or evaluation responses to grant proposals or other competitive solicitations.
- 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.
- The position will require a current, valid Arizona Driver’s License. Travel will 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 in accordance with DES Fleet Management-Safety Program policy and procedures (DES 1-07-26 & DES 1-07-26-01). 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.
- Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
- Candidate shall have or meet the requirements to obtain prior to their first day of employment, a valid Level One Arizona fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-1758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
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.
For questions about this career opportunity, please contact Jeremy Einwalter at (602) 542-4592 or JEinwalter@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (602) 542-8900. 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.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
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.