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  • Full-time


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 Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Job Location:

Address:  4000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $75,000.00 - $90,000.00 

Grade: N1

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This position is subject to the vaccination requirements outlined in CMS Interim Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination (published November 5, 2021) (86 FR 61555). In order to begin working at the Department of Economic Security, you must provide official documentation of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have requested and granted an exemption under applicable Federal law. Fully vaccinated means individuals for whom it has been two weeks or more since completion of their primary vaccination series for COVID-19.

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Nurse working in an Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF). This position provides nursing care at a ratio of 1:1 or 1:3 for individuals with developmental disabilities requiring regular nursing care and specialized medical support to staff.

Job Duties:

• Assesses health needs and completes a nursing assessment of members with developmental disabilities; makes nursing diagnosis and submits to designated departments.
• Participates in fact findings related medical issues; completes monitoring of medical care; monitors medical administration systems; provides feedback.
• Notes orders and prepares reports for basic care, nursing assessments, and Individual Service Plans (ISPs).
• Completes utilization review on caseload and documents on-going medical needs; submits to designated department; discharge and admission planning.
• Examines and analyzes medical records and charts to ensure quality care.
• Participates in the development of policies and procedures and related problem solving. Develops and provides education classes for staff.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of nursing theory and practice, particularly as related to Developmental Disabilities
• Knowledge of Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) and State Licensing requirements
• Knowledge of Title XIX federal regulations and licensing standards
• Knowledge of State Nurse Practice Act
• Knowledge of Agency and Division State-Operated Services policy and procedures
• Knowledge of member condition and medical/physical changing care needs
• Knowledge of services offered in community, including primary health care providers and educational material resources
• Knowledge of interdisciplinary team planning process
• Skilled in nursing assessment (all skills allowed by scope of practice)
• Skilled in providing appropriate treatment in emergency situations
• Skilled in making sound medical decisions
• Skilled in time management, and interpersonal communication
• Skilled in communicating clearly and concisely in writing and verbally
• Skilled in providing formal instruction
• Skilled in developing, analyzing, and implementing treatment care plans
• Skilled in effective problem-solving
• Ability to listen, observe, assess, and respond to medical emergencies
• Ability to make independent decisions regarding member health concerns
• Ability to present training material in a clear and precise manner
• Ability to respond to medical issues/inquires in a professional manner
• Ability to work with professional and non-professional staff to ensure health and safety of residents

Selective Preference(s):

• Ideal/preferred candidate will possess at least 1 year experience in providing professional hands-on nursing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and at least 1 year of experience in professional community nursing.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Required at time of appointment: possession of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona.
• Employee shall have a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults
• Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.
• Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• In-state travel is required. This position requires possession of and 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 record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.). 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
- 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 Humaira Patwary at 480-272-5809 or hpatwary@azdes.gov. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as sign language interpreter or alternative format by contacting 480-272-5809 or hpatwary@azdes.gov.
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.