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  • 501332
  • Full-time
  • Closing date: Sep 24 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 Developmental Disabilities 

Job Location:

Address:  4000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $54,845.44 - $102,578.11 

Grade: N2

Closing Date: September 24, 2021

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 Nursing Officer Assistant Chief. This position serves as a manager (includes planning, directing subordinates, and interpreting policy). The position is responsible for daily oversight of the Medical/Nursing/Clinical Administration of the Division’s Health Care Services Department.

Job Duties:

•Responsible for the daily activities and oversight of the Medical/Nursing/Clinical Administration of the Division’s Health Care Services Department. Assigns caseloads, monitors work activities, nursing assessments, skilled nursing hours, conducts meetings and provides assistance in resolving conflicts.
•Assist in the strategic planning, development and implementation of new programs, policies and procedures, standards of practice for the clinical/nursing/medical aspects of the Health Care Services Department.
•Assist in identifying and arranging on-going clinical staff development and training needs, consistent with member needs ad the evolving role of nursing statewide. Responsible for team building and coordination of work between Support Coordinators, Nurses, Health Plans and Community Partners.
•Provide medical assistance to CMO and Medical Director(s) when needed. Attend District meetings on behalf of the HCS Administrator when needed.
•Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, retention and evaluation of work performance of employees. Conducts training seminars and statewide nurses’ meetings.
•Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

•Knowledge of nursing case/care management practices.
•Knowledge of acute and long-term care policies and procedures for persons with developmental disabilities.
•Knowledge of scope of nursing practice as it applies to the Division and its contracted agencies.
•Knowledge of changing role of nursing in coordination of care and chronic disease management consistent with the evolving national standards.
•Knowledge of acute and long-term care services available throughout the state.
•Knowledge of federal and state statutes and Division policies, procedures and regulations
applicable to the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities.
•Knowledge of AHCCCS program administration.
•Knowledge of AHCCCS operation and data reporting requirements.
•Knowledge of quality management and medical management guidelines.
•Knowledge of developmentally disabled nursing theory and practice.
•Knowledge of community health care services and resources.
•Knowledge of all aspects of health care management.
•Skilled in primary skills acquired during formal nursing education.
•Skilled in management, supervision and teaching.
•Skilled in oral and written communication.
•Skilled in group facilitation and team building.
•Skilled in conflict resolution.
•Skilled in independent decision-making.
•Skilled in organizational skills.
•Skilled in effective problem-solving techniques.
•Skilled in excellent interpersonal skills.
•Skilled in active listening.
•Ability to motivate others.
•Ability to empower employees to succeed.
•Ability to coach and mentor others.
•Ability to remain professional under stress.
•Ability to respect the opinions of others.
•Ability to embrace change.
•Ability to be assertive and accountable for own actions.
•Ability to self-manage.
•Ability to be responsive and to be proactive and solution-oriented.

Selective Preference(s):

Experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Experience working with AHCCCS, 3+ years’ experience managing a health care team. Experience in nursing Care Coordination and Integrated Care Management. Broad clinical nursing background. Prefer experience using database systems to track, trend and provide analysis of data. Must abide by nursing regulations.

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 the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 80-804.

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.


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:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov.

For questions about this career opportunity, please call Teresa Brown at (480) 673-0590 or email tbrown@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-673-0590.
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.