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Juvenile Justice Specialist

  • 508719
  • Full-time


Juvenile Justice Specialist

***Interested applicants must submit a Cover Letter and Resume directly to govhr@az.gov***

Job Location:

1700 West Washington Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85007  

Posting Details:

Annual Salary: $60,000

Grade: 01

This position will remain open until filled  

Job Summary:

The Juvenile Justice Specialist is responsible for administering the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974 in Arizona.

The individual filling this position works with the GOYFF Deputy Director and the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission to meet the requirements of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) grant programs and core requirements as well as providing expertise on juvenile justice policy at the local, state and federal level.

Job Duties:

• Oversees the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system as required by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, including tracking statewide data, compiling reports, staffing the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Workgroup and meeting with stakeholders

• Develops or facilitates the development of all required grant applications and produces and/or oversees the development of all mandated reports (i.e. Three-Year Plan, Compliance Monitoring Report, Performance Reports, and the AJJC Biennial Report to the Governor and Legislature)

• Coordinates and facilitates the planning process to meet the requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974

• Assists with comprehensive plan development and research for GOYFF. Assists with applicable focus group meetings, public relations and other initiatives on behalf of the GOYFF

• Assists in the research, review and, when appropriate, application for funding from federal, foundation and other sources to support and enhance

• Researches legislative and policy initiatives of other states on behalf of proposed statutory improvements for juveniles and prevention initiatives GOYFF initiatives

• Helps to support and develop implementation of Arizona Management System (AMS) metrics and standards throughout all areas of work

• Provide analysis and oversight of grant program budgets, including consultation with accounting personnel assigned to grants

• Oversees the timely preparation and submittal of required applications and reports for all grant programs

• Staffs the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission and designated workgroups of the Commission 

• Conducts research of juvenile justice practices and promising programs

• Assists with needs assessment, resources, and gaps analysis

• In and out of state travel required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Position requires considerable knowledge of the concepts of juvenile delinquency and considerable knowledge of the juvenile justice system (federal JJDP Act, State laws, regulations, and trends) at the local, State and Federal levels

• Must have considerable knowledge of community organization techniques and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

• Must possess an intermediate-level knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel and Word programs


• Attention to detail as well as a desire to provide accurate and complete work product

• Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential

• Must possess excellent organizational skills


• Must have the ability to review and evaluate juvenile justice system practices analytically and develop plans for improvement

• Maintains high ethical standards and professionalism to ensure records are managed securely and confidentially

• Capacity to work independently as well as part of a team to accomplish common goals

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree or equivalent required; five-years of experience in a relevant field

• 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.)

• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation plus 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

• Please note that enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariel Gonzalez at agonzalez@az.gov for assistance


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.