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  • Full-time


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.


Workforce Development Administration

Job Location:

Address:  10000 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, Arizona 85734

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,864.00 

Grade: 17

Closing Date: Open until a sufficient amount of resumes received 

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) performs an integral role in improving Arizona’s workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those with barriers, to prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce.
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Counselor 3 with the Workforce Development Administration. Candidates be willing and able to work in a correctional facility providing one-on-one, group instruction, and case management services in especially difficult and complex cases. This position assists clients with Arizona Job Connection registration, job readiness, resume development, job referrals & development, self-help, and social skills.

Job Duties:

• Plans, implements, and coordinates events and initiatives to increase success of client to obtain and retain employment (such as mock interviews, job fairs, skype interviewing, and training and certification activities).
• Conducts and documents employment retention follow-up and provides as needed job retention referrals.
• Complete and maintains accurate records and reports including attendance records, case notes, and client
• progress.
• Ensure all client employment center activity is captured and consistently updated in database.
• Prepares class lists, schedules, and other documents.
• Adapts materials and equipment to meet specific needs and learning styles of the population.
• Evaluates and monitors client progress on work assignments.
• Develops and uses predetermined daily and weekly lesson or work plans.
• Operates standard office and classroom equipment; maintains awareness of physical and emotional changes in clients, and reports concerns to manager and Department of Corrections personnel.
• Attends training and staff meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of community resources and services.
• Knowledge of general information regarding career opportunities and related necessary skills
• Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms with diverse populations
• Work independently and make decisions within the framework of established guidelines
• Work without immediate supervision in direct one-on-one and small group instruction
• Strict adherence to Department of Corrections and Department of Economic Security policy and procedures

Selective Preference(s):

• Any combination of training and experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described
• A typical qualifying background would include coursework in Social Sciences, Psychology, Criminal
• Justice or related field.
• Previous experience instructing/facilitating groups of adults; experience working with high-risk adults.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• 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 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 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.


We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

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:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480) 392-3471 or email Sgillette@azdes.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.