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  • 513623
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Nov 30 2022 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:  4000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $34,221.00 - $51,124.60 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: 11/30/2022

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through providing services to support them? 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 Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team. This position is responsible for providing information, technical assistance and guidance to Division of Developmental Disabilities (ODD) support coordinators, members, and families to determine members needs and interests in employment services and supports. Approves employment authorizations on behalf of the District Program Manager in focus, facilitates approval of Vocational Rehabilitation (YR) referrals for members and provides problem solving assistance to members, Support Coordinators and qualified Vendors.

Develops employment resources and tools to utilize with members and support coordinators including educating Support Coordinators on how to incorporate Arizona Disabilities Benefits IOI resource tools into employment goal development planning discussions. Participates in regular team meetings and provides information, training and technical assistance to community groups, employers and organizations and engages in community efforts and outreach to increase employment rates for DDD members.

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 DOD support coordinators on employment, incorporating Arizona Disabilities Benefits IOI 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 elated 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 DOD 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 DOD members receiving employment services.
• On request, participates in regular team meetings and discussions with the member, support coordinator, YR counselor, and other employment providers.

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 and two years 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 .


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 holidays per year
-Stipend Opportunities
-Infant at Work Program
-Rideshare and Public Transit Subsidy
-Affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision
-Life and Disability Insurance

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 (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for the 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:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov. For questions about this career opportunity, please call Humaira Patwary (480) 272-5809 or email hpatwary@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480)-272-5809. 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.