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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: $175,000 - $215,000 DOE 

Grade: E6

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

MISSION: To promote, protect and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

The State of Arizona is recruiting a decisive, dynamic and thoughtful people leader to serve as the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). The award-winning, nationally accredited Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is responsible for leading Arizona’s public health system including responding to disease outbreaks, licensing health and child care facilities, operating the Arizona State Hospital, and improving the overall health and wellness of all Arizonans. The candidate selected will be a transformative leader capable of driving the organization to successfully fulfill its mission.

This position provides an opportunity for candidates with a passion for public service to lead continuous improvement for public health services to directly impact and better the lives of Arizona’s citizens. The role requires an individual capable of pushing an organization forward, exploring and moving past boundaries; a natural problem-solver; and a confident, goal-oriented, pragmatic, leading-edge thinker focused on making an impact on the organization, its employees and the citizens they serve.

Job Duties:

-Leadership oversight and accountability for agency vision and mission, organizational health and performance, policy, operations, personnel, and technological innovation.

-Oversight of all ADHS programs and services and responsible for the management of the agency's $500 million to billion dollar-plus operating budget.

-Lead the agency using the Arizona Management System (AMS) -- the state’s continuous improvement system, developed and implemented by state employees to create a service-driven and efficient government through problem-solving, performance management, and leader standard work.

-Develop a high functioning team across multiple operational sites; implement controls and measures to effectively monitor and assess employee morale, operations, and program outcomes.

-Work collaboratively with other cabinet-level leaders, including the directors of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Department of Economic Security (DES), to address the growing and changing needs of Arizona’s citizens.

-Build rapport quickly with both internal and external stakeholders to effectively manage relationships with elected officials, cabinet directors, employees and the general public, including persons of various social and economic backgrounds.

-Problem solve to identify and implement reforms and initiatives to improve program processes and outcomes. This includes recommendations for legislative and executive initiatives.

-Confidently represent the agency through leadership presence in public and private forums, including legislative hearings, judicial proceedings, media engagements and public events.

Selective Preference(s):

-Medical Degree (M.D. or D.O.) or Masters/PhD in Health Services, Public Administration, Public Health, Business Administration or a closely related field.

-10 years of proven experience leading a large organization* through transformation and change at a similar leadership level in federal, state or local government or a large nonprofit organization or corporation that provides health and human services or social services.

-Substantial experience in managing healthcare institutions, including knowledge of hospital practices and procedures, licensing, and CMS and Joint Commission requirements.

-Knowledge of and experience managing a complex regulatory environment, including the role of a licensing authority.

-Understanding and working knowledge of federal requirements relevant to the work of DHS.

-Strong background working with the media on behalf of the organization.

-Ability to build effective working relationships with elected officials, administrators, employees and the general public, including persons of various social and economic backgrounds

-Experience representing the organization in public and private forums including legislative hearings, judicial proceedings, media engagements and public events.

-Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted. All candidates will be required to demonstrate evidence of the experience, skills and abilities required to meet this role.

*For purposes of this position, “large organization” is defined as being comprised of multiple complex lines of business with a minimum of 500 FTEs and a budget of at least $500 million to $2 billion.

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.

For any additional assistance, please contact Caitlyn Pittman at caitlyn.pittman@azdoa.gov or 480-431-4437


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.