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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.


Division of Preparedness 

Job Location:

Address:  150 N 18th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007  

Posting Details:

Salary: $65,000 

Grade: 23

Job Summary:

This position serves as a chief or head of an epidemiology program unit within an Office and is responsible for overall management and supervision of the program and assigned personnel. As a Management Senior Scientist/Epidemiologist, performs supervisory and advanced professional analytical work in surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases and injuries. Oversees and conducts advanced-level professional epidemiologic work. Supervises and directs the work activities of subordinate staff involved in epidemiological investigations; develops disease identification, surveillance, and control systems; maintains ongoing disease reporting systems; provides technical advice and assistance to local health departments, healthcare partners, and the public. Reviews and conducts literature reviews and data analyses. Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation. Participates in after-hours activities including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.

Employees will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience, and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

This position manages the following programs: Environmental Health Capacity, Environmental Health Public Health Tracking, Climate and Health, and Sunwise. The Climate and Health Program Manager is responsible to manage the CDC's Climate Ready States and Initiative in regards to climate/extreme weather on human health. Tasks include depth analysis of climate risks and disease burden, along with proven strategies for community adaptation, forecasting climate impacts and vulnerabilities, assessing public health interventions, implementing a climate and health strategic adaptation plan.

Job Duties:

- Oversee, manage, and supervise the work of epidemiologists and associated staff conducting health surveillance and investigations. Plans, assigns, schedules, prioritizes, directs, and coordinates the work of assigned epidemiologists, research analysts, and other staff.
- Plans, directs, oversees, and manages epidemiologic studies and/or urgent outbreak investigations. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiologic studies for program planning.
- Oversees the design and use of databases and the design and management of surveillance systems.
- Develops and evaluates methods of training for healthcare providers and staff.
- Develops and provides scientific and clinical advice and technical assistance to communities and outside partners with respect to surveillance and other epidemiologic data and evaluation.
- Participates in after-hours activities including partner meetings, investigation, outbreak, and emergency response as needed. Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Considerable independent judgment and advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology for public health practice.
- Managerial techniques and personnel policies and procedures.
- Contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology.
- Principles and practices applicable to the control and prevention of diseases.
- Methods, procedures, and techniques used in developing, implementing, and maintaining disease surveillance and control programs.
- Contemporary medical methods and practices are used in the control of a variety of diseases.
- Program planning and fiscal monitoring practices and procedures.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Work management and work leadership skills.
- Oral and written communication.
- Interpersonal relations, as applied to contacts with representatives of other governmental and private organizations, physicians, and the public.
- Public health surveillance, computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, and literature search.

Ability to:
- Conduct scientific studies and investigations required to identify and isolate various diseases.
- Supervise, program planning and administration, contract/budget monitoring, and grant writing.
- Effectively communicate both verbally and written.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

Master's degree with a focus in epidemiology and 2 years work experience in epidemiology in a public health agency or a Bachelor's degree with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field and 3 years professional experience in applied public health practice.

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.


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.