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NBS and Chemistry Bureau Chief

  • 511436
  • Full-time


COME WORK WITH US! 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.

NBS and Chemistry Assistant Bureau Chief


Job Location:

Address: 250 N. 17th Ave

                       Phoenix, AZ 85007  

Posting Details:

Salary: $104,500 

Grade: 27

Job Summary:

This position assists with directing laboratory operations in two major sections/offices of the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. These offices comprise the Newborn Screening (NBS) Office of the NBS Laboratory and Follow-up sections. This position would work closely with the NBS Office Chief to oversee these areas. As the Secretary of Health and Human Services adds more disorders to the recommended newborn screening panel, external stakeholders will continue to push to add more disorders to the Arizona NBS test panel. This position is expected to be aware of all the disorders (along with testing technologies) recommended by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This position must be familiar with all components of the NBS Program, including existing federal grants and state contracts. This position will also oversee the Office of Chemistry, working closely with the Chemistry Office Chief to ensure continuity in Chemistry services. This position should have a working knowledge of chemistry and its application in this laboratory. This position will ensure federal grant deliverables are met, and Inter-agency agreements are executed appropriately. This position will also play a key role in the successful implementation/ upgrades of LIMS in NBS and Chemistry. This will also include a move to Electronic Test Order and Results Reporting (ETOR) where possible. This position will need to have a working knowledge of the federal regulatory agencies that certify Chemistry and Newborn screening, i.e., EPA, CMS CUA, ISO, etc. It is recommended this position must be familiar with the State of Arizona Rules process. This position will work closely with the HS Bureau Chief of the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory and will serve in an advisory role for activities within the Office of Newborn Screening and the Office of Chemistry.

Job Duties:

-Assists in directing, leading, planning, organizing, and coordinating the resources within the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of State Laboratory Services. Management duties include developing laboratory policies and work programs, developing new testing methods to meet needs, and assisting in developing the annual budget.
-Manage the operations and supervise the Newborn Screening and Chemistry Offices staff. Plan and evaluate personnel performance. Manage resources for the operation of LIMS in NBS and Chemistry.
-Work with Office Chiefs in these sections to implement appropriate policies and procedures. Review and update policies and procedures. Provide written reports when necessary.
-Plan and integrate laboratory activities with other ADHS programs and those in other state and federal agencies and universities. Consult with the department, state and federal agencies, legislative and local health officials, health providers, and the public about public health problems. Perform internal investigations if significant issues are identified by internal audits, complaints, or QA reviews.
-Plan and integrate laboratory activities with other ADHS programs and those in other state and federal agencies and universities. Consult with the department, state and federal agencies, legislative and local health officials, health providers, and the public about public health problems. Perform internal investigations if significant issues are identified by internal audits, complaints, or QA reviews.
-Assist in developing Agency policies and procedures, strategic planning, and other activities as required by the Agency Director, Deputy Director or Assistant Director of the Division of Public Health Services. Other activities required by the Director, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director of ADHS and the Division of Public Health Services as assigned; and other duties as assigned.
-Assisting with EPA, FDA, ISO, and CDC programs and regulations and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Chemistry and molecular biology.
- Quality assurance principles and practices. - Statistical analysis.
- Principles and methodology of scientific research.
- Budgetary and personnel techniques.
- Public health law.
- Legislative processes.
- Federal Regulations (FDA/EPA/CLINISO) and Arizona Revised Statutes pertaining to quality and methodologies.
- Good understanding of laboratory management concepts and operational concepts.
- Safety precautions to be used when working with infectious agents and hazardous materials, and potentially hazardous laboratory settings.
- Must be able to manage people to accomplish the prescribed objectives.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Administrative and management skills.
- Must have strong leadership skills.
- Organizational skills for developing and implementing plans for an organization.
- Needs scientific and medical skills to consult with physicians, legislators, and the general public.
- Communication skills include writing and public speaking to communicate plans, budgets, and public health ideas.

Ability to:
- Requires medical, epidemiologic, and scientific ability to analyze medical and public health problems, interpret results and data, and organize responses to the State's public health policy, plans, and actions.
- Multi-task and change priorities as issues arise.
- Problem solve.
- Work independently with minimal supervision and/or work in a team.
- Able to see the big picture and not center on minor details.
- Determines use and distribution of program budgets, personnel, and equipment.
- 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 from an accredited college or university with a major or minor in laboratory science, including twelve semester hours in microbiology or chemistry and professional level experience as a Microbiologist or Chemist. Master's degree in a related field preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CUA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CUA regulations subpart D6171 493.1489(b)(2)(i). See the following link: http://www. ems. hhs.gov/CLIA/03 _Interpretive_ Guidelines _for _Laboratories.asp#TopOfPage

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.