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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 Prevention 

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: 51,626.00 

Grade: 21

Job Summary:

The School Health Specialist will support the AZ Health Zone SNAP-Ed program in integrating our three foundational principles of Trauma-Informed approaches, community engagement, and health equity into the school health focus area. This position will plan school health goals and objectives, direct the implementation of school health practices, and assists in the interpretation of rules and regulations to assist statewide partners. The position will work closely with local implementing agencies such as the local health departments and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension to review and approve action plans and contracts, provide technical assistance, training, site visits to counties around Arizona, and convene committees and working groups to adapt program implementation to meet rural and urban needs. This position will work to stay up to date and interpret rules and regulations to provide guidance and prepares informational publications for program staff and local implementing agencies. The School Health Specialist will need to understand Arizona's school community resources, assets, and be able to build capacity around local wellness policy, the Smarter Lunchroom Movement, curriculum, and adolescent nutrition leadership with a trauma-informed lens. This position will work with state and local stakeholders such as the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition, and other statewide and national groups to learn and communicate implementation practices and opportunities.

This position is required to perform work at/attend meetings at alternate locations and/or travel when necessary.

Job Duties:

- Responsible for the planning, development, and coordination/implementation of comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental change strategies with a trauma-informed lens related to school health goals and objectives.
- Directs the AZ Health Zone school health goals and objectives and builds capacity through administering training, workshops, committees, and conference sessions related to school health, family engagement, trauma-informed approaches, and adolescent leadership.
- Reviews contracts and action plans and leads 3-4 local agencies in Arizona by having consistent communication, building relationships, providing technical assistance, and thoroughly reviewing reports.
- Interprets rules and regulations, national and state policy updates to provide technical assistance and leadership to Local Implementing Agencies, Local Education Agencies, community partners, and stakeholders around school health.
- Serves on or leads state committees that impact school health program implementation and coordinates statewide projects that will impact policy changes throughout the state.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Evidence-based strategies and best practices for improving school health.
- Trauma-Informed Principles and Community Engagement Practices in regards to School Health.
- Nutrition and physical activity curriculum and modifications to curriculum to meet trauma-informed and Health in Every Size criteria.
- Policies, data analysis, and interpretation, and technical report writing.
- Program planning and management.
- Creating goals, SMAART objectives, and strategies to develop a population-based state plan.
- Federal and state rules and regulations to ensure program compliance.
- Emerging trends in school health.
- Broad knowledge of the importance of nutrition and physical activity in child health and wellbeing.
- Broad knowledge of community programs supporting school health.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Writing, public speaking, and MS Office.
- Problem-solving, strategic thinking, negotiation, and sounds judgment.
- Planning and executing projects and programs.
- Prioritizing project tasks.
- Report preparation and record keeping.
- Virtual and in-person settings.

Ability to:
- Communicate and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities.
- Prioritize and work with minimal supervision.
- Travel to various locations for meetings, presentations, and events.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with local, state, and federal officials, community representatives, and other departmental administrators.
- Organize and coordinate multiple projects on tight deadlines.
- 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):

Bachelor's degree in public health, education, or related field with 3 years of professional experience related to health programs to include program planning and management. A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of professional experience.

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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.