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  • 505831
  • ELOY
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jun 12 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

Job Location:

Address:  2800 North Highway 87 Coolidge Arizona 85128

Posting Details:

Compensation: $60,329.50 - $112,835.80*
*This includes the Critical Service Premium Pay Stipend until June 24, 2022. 
Base Salary - $54,845.00 - $102,578.00 + 10% Critical Services Stipend

Grade: N2

Closing Date: 6/12/2022
This position is subject to the vaccination requirements outlines in CMS Interim Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination (published November 5, 2021)(86 FR 61555). In order to begin working at the Department of Economic Security, you must provide official documentation of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have requested and granted an exemption under applicable Federal law. Fully vaccinated means individuals for who it has been two weeks or more since completion of their primary vaccination series for COVID-19.

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Director of Nursing. DDD provides individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member driven. These services provide individuals with opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities of independent decision-making and engagement in the community.

Job Duties:

• Monitoring medical services provided by nurses for regulatory compliance and quality of care standards; provide nursing services to individuals.
• Developing and/or reviewing policies, guidelines, and procedures regarding the provision of health care by nursing staff to ensure continuity of care.
• Compiling data and monitoring of Health Services Quality Improvement Program and integration with facility Quality Assurance Review Committee; review incident reports, investigate and recommend action when needed.
• Monitoring and completing employee’s performance evaluations; initiate personnel actions; confer with subordinate supervisors regarding personnel issues; develop and promote nurse recruitment program, interviewing and recommending hiring of nursing personnel.
• Facilitating and attending various meeting including staffing meeting, special committee meeting, meetings with health care professionals, families, and administration.
• Review and implementing medically related in service programs, specialty clinics and preventable health programs, attend facility management meetings and develop agenda/char monthly Health Service staff meeting.
• Calculating budgetary needs for Health Services, review contracts, participate in contract negotiations, oversee inventory for health services.
• Serves as the liaison between facility Medical Director, hospitals, community physicians, on-campus specialty, dental services, and pharmacy services.
• Other duties as assigned, as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of principles of nursing care
• Knowledge of Nurse Practice Act in the State of Arizona
• Knowledge of methods of curriculum development and instruction
• Knowledge of Title XIX ICF/MF regulations fan d CMS ICR/MR regulations
• Knowledge of Department of Health Services licensing requirements as a medical clinic
• Knowledge of DDD residential licensure standards
• Knowledge of quality improvement practices
• Knowledge of specialized needs for individuals with developmental disabilities
• Knowledge of Agency and DDD mission and value statement; federal, state, and local laws and policies and procedures and other related governing documentation surrounding DDD practices.
• Knowledge of CMS ICR/MR regulations
• Knowledge of infection control best practices
• Knowledge of Preventative Health Care
• Skilled in effective oral and written communication, listening and problem solving.
• Skilled in planning, organizing, and administering a health program specializing in the needs of people with developmental disabilities including those who are medically fragile, sensory impaired, severely physically handicapped and with mental health and behavioral problems
• Skilled in developing, implementing, an evaluating an on-going training program for nursing staff
• Skilled in developing a budget and prioritizing needs
• Skilled in assessing, reviewing, and/or analyzing situation and /or date, i.e., critical thinking skills
• Skilled in decision making, continuous improvement and financial accountability
• Ability to evaluate program performance and resolve problems of non-compliance
• Ability to manage emergency situation in an effective and professional manner
• Ability to provide nursing care, if needed
• Ability to monitor the provision on nursing care, identify issues and devise recommended solutions
• Ability to develop goals and teamwork within the department of accomplish those goals
• Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action

Selective Preference(s):

• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
• A minimum of five (5) years nursing experience which includes the care of individuals with developmental disabilities
• A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience in a nursing position which includes supervision of RNs and other health care staff

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• 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 both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
• Required at time of appointment: possession of a current license or temporary permit 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.).


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

Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend
This position may be eligible to receive a temporary stipend of 10% in addition to base pay beginning in December 2021. If eligible, the temporary stipend amount will be calculated using the employee's base rate of pay and will be reflected in each paycheck. It is anticipated that this tempoary stipend will be available through June 24, 2022.

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 Jean Harberts at 520-483-7072 or JHarberts@azdes.gov. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as sign language interpreter or alternative format by contacting 520-483-7072 or JHarberts@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.