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  • 502144
  • MESA
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Oct 27 2021 at 23:55 MST


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.


Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Job Location:

Address:  120 West 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210

Posting Details:

Salary: $31,110.14 - $47,780.30 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: October 29, 2021

Job Summary:

This Employment Services Specialist is responsible for providing information, technical assistance, and guidance to Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) support coordinators, members, and families to determine members needs and interests in employment services and supports.

The Employment Services Specialist also approves employment authorizations on behalf of the District Program Manager in focus, facilitates approval of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) referrals for members and provides problem solving assistance to members, Support Coordinators, and qualified Vendors.

Job Duties:
  • Maintains collaborative relationships across programs within Department of Economic Security as well as external state and local government entities, public agencies, school districts and public and private enterprises. Provides support and technical assistance to qualified vendors of employment supports and services.
  • Provides guidance, technical assistance, and education to DDD support coordinators on employment, incorporating AZ Disabilities Benefits 101 resource tool into personal employment goals discussions, and on employment supports and services. Develops resources regarding employment supports and services, opportunities and programs.
  • Consults with Support Coordinators, when requested, in the development of the member's planning document related to employment supports and services. Provides information to families and members on employment supports and services.
  • Approves employment service authorizations on behalf of the District Program Manager and submits to and facilitates the approval of Vocational Rehabilitation referrals for members.
  • Provides information, training and technical assistance to Division staff, community groups, employers and organizations by participating in community wide efforts to increase employment rates for DDD members including communities of practice, outreach, and transition fairs. Provides technical assistance to schools, and community partners.
  • Develops community resources for employment support. Creates, monitors, and tracks reports of DDD members receiving employment services.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of service delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Knowledge of employment programs and best practices for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to the provision of integrated supported employment services for persons with cognitive/intellectual disabilities.
  • Skilled in utilizing a variety of software applications for the generation of information and communication.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively to others.
  • Skilled in providing guidance and assistance effectively.
  • Ability to espouse values and philosophy supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities into the work force.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the specialized needs of members.
Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's degree in a field of study reasonably related to vocational rehabilitation (VR) such as VR counseling, SW, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field & two yrs of paid or unpaid experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • In-state travel is required. This position requires possession of and 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 record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.). 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.
  • Employee shall have a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804.

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:

For questions about this career opportunity, please call Valerie Rice at (480) 673-0624 or email vrice@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Valerie Rice at 480-673-0624. 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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.