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Deputy Assistant Director

  • 512077
  • Full-time


Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Accountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, Teamwork

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry.

Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Deputy Assistant Director

Division of Grants Administration

Job Location:

801 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Posting Details:

Open until filled: 1st review of resumes on 9/23/2022

Salary: $110,000-$120,000 

Grade: 29

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

Job Summary:

This position reports directly to the Assistant Director for the Division of Grants Administration. This position provides leadership, direction and oversight to both financial and programmatic units within the Division. Related activities include policy review, training, contract compliance, strategic planning and change management.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Manage staff and provide leadership, direction and oversight to teams including, but not limited to; policy and procedures, training, staff development, strategic planning, project oversight, program development and personnel needs.
• Support the Assistant Director in process improvement opportunities for the division including AMS strategies, development of standard work, and evaluation of processes to improve operations within the division.
• Assist the Assistant Director in the administration, management and program/financial oversight of AHCCCS' current portfolio of grants, ensuring proper spending and delivery of grant dollars in support of providing needed, quality behavioral health services inclusive of compliance and sub-recipient monitoring needs.
• This position will directly supervise Administrators within the Division to support both programmatic and financial needs as it relates to the grants and will support the AD with overarching leadership initiatives within the Division.
• Work with other Divisions to enhance DGAs knowledge of service availability through other lines of business (Medicaid/FFS) to enhance service array with grant funding, review of grant opportunities that meet AHCCCS' needs, SME writing assistance and collaboration with procurement.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• The Arizona Public Behavioral Health delivery system including AHCCCS/Administrative policies and procedures, and AHCCCS' contracted Managed Care Organization policies and procedures
• NTXIX Service delivery system and management
• SAMHSA and CMS regulations
• Operational knowledge of Arizona's grant funded services through financial and programmatic structures.
• Clinical knowledge of programmatic services available to those with substance use/misuse needs as well as mental health needs of the community

• Management skills
• Project management
• Adept planning and organizational skills
• Strong interpersonal relation skills
• Strong oral and written communications skills.
• Strategic planning skills.
• Leadership and managerial skills.

• Develop, organize, coordinate and evaluate complex issues related to process improvement opportunities.
• Coordinate multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
• Provide technical and project support to the staff within the division to meet organizational objectives.
• Listen, assimilate and present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
• Identify and resolve problems, making wise informed decisions.
• Re-prioritize in a fast environment
• Motivate employees to perform well both individually and as teams
• Resolve employee relations needs.
• Assist in plan development for process improvement regarding Annual Employee Survey


• Five years of progressive work experience in managed health care and/or Medicaid that includes at least 2 years of supervisory experience.
• Experience with either programmatic or financial oversight of grant funding and/or grant implementation.
• Valid Arizona drivers license

• Bachelor's degree in healthcare or a related field.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• 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.


Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) - start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)
• A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
• A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance
• Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
• RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
• A variety of learning and career development opportunities
• Opportunity to work 100% virtually or remotely on an ad-hoc basis (home office)

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time virtual/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


Lifetime Pension Benefit Program
• Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
• Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.
• Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.
• Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).

Deferred Retirement Compensation Program
• Voluntary participation.
• Program administered through Nationwide.
• Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing careers@azahcccs.gov.
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.


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.