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  • 504145
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 31 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, AZ 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $43,240 - $77,469 

Grade: N1

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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 as a District Nurse.

Job Duties:

This position is responsible for:

● Assess physical and behavioral health needs and completing nursing assessments of individuals with developmental disabilities based on need.
● Make nursing diagnosis and submit it to the designated departments and documents the same.
● Address medical needs as requested by Health Care Services and/or the district.
● Complete documentation relating to care coordination of physical and behavioral health needs of division members.
● Complete utilization review on caseload, document on-going medical needs, and submits information to designated department.
● Attend staffing and discharge planning meetings, meet with appropriate health care professionals to network, and provide continuity of care for members.
● Attend ISP and IEP meetings as the medical/health component to provide medical information and needs of members as they relate to the ISP or IEP.
● Join statewide nursing meetings, monthly nursing meetings, quarterly home health agency meetings, case conferences on caseload, in-service workshops, and seminars.
● Assess nutritional status, the needs of members and make referrals to RBHA, Dietician, Primary Care Physician, or health plan, as appropriate.
● Assist in assigned areas to complete audits/fact finding reviews; monitors cost effective studies on assigned members.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

● General nursing theories and practices specifically related to nursing care for individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues.
● Members' conditions, nutritional needs and medical/physical/ behavioral health changing care needs.
● Interdisciplinary team planning process.
● Educational material sources and services offered in the community including primary health care providers.
● Division policies and procedures related to providing member services.
● Title XIX federal regulations, licensing standards, and State Nurse Practice Act.
● Various medical equipment.

Skilled in:

● Observing and assessing the health status and needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.
● Providing appropriate treatment in emergency situations and making sound medical decisions.
● Developing, analyzing, and implementing treatment care plans.
● Interpersonal skills.
● Oral and Written communication, including effectively communicating technical information to members and families.
● Effective problem solving, computer skills and time management.

Ability to:

● Listen, observe, assess, and respond to medical emergencies.
● Evaluate, analyze, make independent decisions, and follow up regarding member health problems.
● Present training material in a clear and precise manner.
● Respond to medical issues/inquiries in a professional manner.
● Work with professional and non-professional staff to ensure health and safety of residents.

Selective Preference(s):

● The preferred candidate will have at least 1 year experience in providing professional hands-on nursing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and at least 1 year of experience in professional community nursing.

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.
● Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
● 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.
● Required at time of appointment: possession of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona.
● 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.


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 contact Angela Carroll (480) 714-1909 or email rcarroll@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480) 714-1909. 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.