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  • 504605
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 24 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.


Public Assistance Benefit Fraud (PABF)

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Job Location:

Address:   1701 North 4th Street, Flagstaff Arizona 86004 / 2200 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85004

Posting Details:

Salary: $33,435.17 - $48,954.88 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: January 24, 2022

Job Summary:

Looking for a rewarding career? DES is committed to building the capacity of the people we serve and where employees feel a sense of belonging and are valued for their contributions. Come join the DES Team!

The position investigates allegations of fraud and abuse related to Department of Economic Security (DES) programs and services, and allegations of misconduct by clients, employees, contractors, vendors, and providers. Additionally, the OIG conducts administrative and criminal investigations regarding benefits fraud by partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement.

Will conduct investigations with the highest degree of accuracy and professionalism, which will result in a continued increase in successful detection, investigation, and prosecution of crime, and increase the Agency's ability to recoup loss through restitution or other means.

Job Duties:

• Review and research records, policy, procedures, investigative on-line resources, public information sources, and networking to other investigative agencies to obtain information and evidence relating to allegations of fraud.
• Conduct field investigations, interview suspects and witnesses, compose, prepare and serve subpoenas, conduct surveillance and gather evidence to prove or disprove the claim of fraud. Maintain investigation records to ensure the proper chain of evidence.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Intelligence gathering and crime analysis processes
• Methods and techniques of statistical research, analysis, and probability modeling
• Principles of data collection, collation, analysis, and dissemination
• Microsoft Office applications;
• Applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and trends in the area of assignment
• Local, State and Federal programs and resources in area of assignment

Skill in:
• Performing statistical research and analysis
• Reviewing and analyzing data and information from multiple sources to extract facts
• Crime analysis or investigations
• Review and evaluation of activities and develop effective methods for improvement
• Establishing effective working relationships, both internal and external to the Department
• Preparing clear, concise, and accurate oral and written report

Ability to:
• Communicate effectively and accurately, both orally and in writing
• Conduct fact finding research
• Utilize problem solving techniques
• Organize data into logical formats for presentation in reports, documents and other written materials
• Organize and maintain case/project files
• Prioritize tasks or projects to meet deadlines
• Perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Studies or a related field or any equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved, Protective Services or investigations experience and/or Bilingual is highly desired.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• In-state 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.

• Each employee of the department who may have contact with children or vulnerable adults shall apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to § 41-1758.07 or provide to the department documentation of the person's application for a fingerprint clearance card. Must obtain ACJIS Terminal Operator Certification within 30 days of hire and maintain certification throughout the course of this assignment with the unit.


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 Kevin Sandoval at 480-487-9176 or KevinSandoval@azdes.gov

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-542-1169.
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.