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  • 510583
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Aug 11 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 Technology Services

Job Location:

Address:  1400 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $65,968 - $92,984 

Grade: 26

Closing Date: August 11, 2022

This position may offer the ability to work remotely within Arizona based upon the department's needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Technology Services (DTS), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as an Information Security Architect.

The primary responsibility of this position will include working with the security and access management teams to evaluate security components of the infrastructure, applications and end-user devices. The Information Security Architect will provide expert guidance and security oversight for projects, and technical architecture. They ensure communication and escalation of security activities to leadership and manage the integration/implementation of security projects/requests. They lead the tracking/measuring of results with respect to security road maps, security plans, security portion of a vendor selection, and security-related project task execution. The ISE also works with ISO to define security standards, procedures, operational activities, and technical architecture.

The state of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State's Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:

● Defines standard operating procedures and delivery of security certification, integration and automation activities; manages assigned security related issues; establishes and track security objectives, works to ensure compliance to security standards and policies.
● Regularly assesses and reports on computer network defense measures to ensure the availability, integrity, and reliability of systems. Works with the departments to ensure that their operational requirements are being met.
● Proactively solves complex problems and maintains system reliability and availability. Supports Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity programs
● Implements and interprets policies, directives, and procedures. Aligns all activities with the Information Security Program.
● Studies and remains current on the relevant hardware, software and technology in all information security domains.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
● Information security technologies and best practices in the areas of risk assessment, compliance and vulnerability management.
● The concepts of ISO27000, NIST 800 and other security standards in the organization.
● Security architecture frameworks such as Sabra and Cisco SAFE.

Skill in:
● Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
● Customer service
● Strong conceptual thinking and team-oriented interpersonal communication.
● Architecting, building and implementing large information security systems.

Ability to:
● Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks.
● Work collaboratively in teams and across organizations.
● Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly.
● Build strong relationships inside and outside the organization.
● Evaluate and test emerging technologies.
● Apply creative solutions to business problems to ensure business needs are most effectively met.
● Express complex technical concepts effectively, both verbally and in writing.
● Interface effectively with a broad range of people and roles, including vendors, IT and business personnel.
● Conceptualize complex business and technical requirements into comprehensible models and templates.

Selective Preference(s):

● Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Professional Certification (CISSP, CISM, etc) in related fields. 5 years or more of IT work experience in secure system design and experience in a dedicated information security role at a senior level.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Bachelor’s degree OR 5 or more years of experience in information security analysis and engineering (or equivalent experience).
● Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all
newly hired State employees.
● ARS 41-1969: Each employee or contractor of the department of economic security who is employed in an information technology position shall have a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to section ARS 41-1758.07.
● 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.
● Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. 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.


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

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion..

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 Frank Topor at ftopor@azdes.gov or 480-536-3791.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-536-3791. 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.