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  • 501164
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 28 2021 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 (DTS)

Job Location:

Address:  1400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $85,000 - $99,000 

Grade: 28

Closing Date: 9/28/2021

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 Large Project Manager Advisor (LPMA) reports to the DTS Project Management Office Administrator and will be responsible for cultivating and sustaining relationships to provide appropriate support and consultation to the DTS business partners. The LPMA will coordinate with and manage 3rd party vendors that engage in contracted work with DES/DTS. In addition, the LPMA will be responsible for the coaching and mentoring of lower level project managers in resolving escalated issues, managing complex client concerns raised during the project life-cycle, and engaging in analytical assessment services to help drive decision making. The LPMA will be responsible for reporting and analyzing data to inform and influence stakeholders while driving outcomes on behalf of the leadership team.

Job Duties:

-Monitor and control quality of Vendor Project Manager (PM) deliverables and Vendor PM management to ensure quality, continuity, and sustainability including IV&V vendors. Conveys specific, observable, and/or measurable expectations for each assignment, and verifies understanding and agreement on deliverables and timeframes.
-Effectively lead a team of Project Managers, both internal and external, with diverse skillsets and backgrounds focusing on the goals of the project. Facilitate teams to address all aspects of change management and sustainability related to modernization. Define team structure, roles and responsibilities, budget to facilitate delivery of project(s).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

-Working knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management.
-Working knowledge of other practices e.g. COBIT, ITSM, EA (TOGAF, Zachmann etc.), etc.
-Considerable knowledge of interrelationships among various internal & external organizational functions.
-Federal requirements and/or interaction with the Federal government for federally funded projects.
-Security related practices and regulations to manage compliance requirements.

Skill in:
-Developing and writing technical documentation.
-Leading team(s) to design solutions for clients.
-Interpersonal, written and oral communication.
-Defining vendor deliverables and metrics for performance management.
-Executing multi-year individual projects over $10 million.
-Participating in multi-state consortiums to determine vendor partner opportunities and leverage economies of scale.

Ability to:

-Build strong relationships inside and outside the organization.
-Create a metrics driven approach to drive accountability of Vendors, team members and communicate project health and status.
-Contribute to the Project Management Office’s Body of Knowledge as part the organization’s continuous improvement philosophy and commitment.
-Develop organization wide communication plans in sync with vendors, project stage and deliverables.
-Navigate complex statutory and process requirements to deliver sustainable products with established governance for operations, maintenance, and sustainability.

Selective Preference(s):

-10 years experience as certified Project/Program management practitioner in Waterfall, Agile and hybrid methodologies.
-10 years of IT technical career background in Software Development and SDLC.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

-Bachelor’s degree plus 5 or more years of experience in project coordination and management (or equivalent experience).

-Employee shall obtain and maintain a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card that meets DES requirements for a Level One card pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-1969.

-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, suspensions 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.


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:

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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.