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OFFICE CHIEF - Office of Injury and Violence Prevention

  • 508931
  • 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.




Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $80,000 

Grade: 24


Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Office of Injury and Violence Prevention Team!

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

We are searching for someone who will have oversight of several health programs, be responsible for policy development, collaborate across internal teams, build partnerships, is experienced in managing Federal contracts/grants and can communicate effectively with the public/media.

- The Office Chief of Injury and Violence Prevention will report directly to the Bureau Chief. 

- This position involves a lead role in responding to the ongoing statewide opioid crisis, making the role a highly visible one that includes substantial contact with the Assistant Director and Director.

- The Office Chief is responsible for overseeing programs of a highly sensitive nature, with the handling of critical confidential data and information related to overdose and suicide deaths, family and domestic violence; and unintentional injury.

- You will engage in policy development for programs as well as office operations. Programs that will report to this Office Chief include Family/ Domestic Violence Prevention, Suicide Mortality Review, Suicide Prevention, Unintentional Injury, Drug Overdose Fatality Review, and multiple Opioid Response grants. As the Office Chief, you will ensure that all programs are in compliance with appropriate state and federal regulations, and grantee organizations such as the CDC and SAMHSA.

- This position oversees the Office of Injury an Violence Prevention within the Bureau of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion. The position has overall responsibility for coordinating the injury and violence prevention, and opioid response and suicide prevention efforts throughout the Arizona Department Health Services, and works collaboratively with the Bureau of EMS, Division of Licensing, Office of Informatics, and programs within the Division of Public Health Prevention Services.

- As the Office Chief, you will oversee several programs that are components of the CDC Statewide Opioid Response Plan grant.

- You will have oversight of state mandated programs as well as federally funded programs. Additionally, you will be accountable for managing federal grants, acting as liaison with the federal government, and managing multiple state and federal budgets in excess of $25 million annually.

- The Office of Injury and Violence Prevention has major responsibility in coordinating efforts with critical external partner organizations, such of Governor's Office of Highway Safety; Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family; hospital systems; Academy of Pediatrics; Automobile Association of Arizona; county health departments; universities; Arizona Medical Association; and many others.

- The Office Chief conducts media interviews and serves in a highly visible role promoting injury prevention throughout Arizona. The Office Chief is part of the Bureau's management structure and serves on the Bureau Management Team providing direction for bureau operations and programs. This position will cover duties of the Bureau Chief in their absence.

Job Duties:

- Provide leadership and direction of the work of managers and staff, and the effective and efficient management of multiple injury and opioid response programs. Direct the work of subordinate managers and staff in major statewide programs including personnel, budgeting, policy development, contracts, and program design and evaluation. Ensure program and financial compliance, and authorize expenditures.
- Lead internal and external collaborative partnership groups to address injury prevention, including high-level work on the opioid epidemic. Work with community partners and other state agencies to coordinate services, collaborate on planning, and share resources. Confer with and advise local governments, and other state and federal agencies, community and professional organizations on program matters.
- Represent ADHS leadership (including the Director) on high level statewide and national committees to develop policy and jointly plan implementation strategies. Act as the ADHS liaison on injury and the opioid response, and lead the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.
- Provide public presentations at local, state, and national venues. Prepare information for the public and conduct media interviews. Prepare administrative reports, grant applications, contract documents, budget and policy documents.
- Review, evaluate, and interpret federal/state policies and regulation, and write policies and procedures that will be used in program implementation, trainings, and technical assistance for contractors as well as in the development of state plans or grant applications.
- Participate in Bureau management including collaboration with other Office Chiefs, development of Bureau policies & procedures, and coverage of bureau in absence of the Bureau Chief.
- Research current issues and best practices in injury prevention and provide expert consultation to partner groups, the public, and ADHS leadership.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Principles, methods, and techniques of leadership and government administration, public health, and health care systems.
- State laws and agency rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing the provision of medical public health services.
- Systems theory and consensus building models in developing cooperation and coordination among varied disciplines, agencies, policy-makers, and the community at large.
- Procurement and contract policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Planning, program evaluation and quality assurance techniques and methodology.
- Competent approaches to goal achievement in culturally diverse communities.
- Working with communities disproportionately impacted by high rates of unintentional injury, substance use, disease and health risks.
- Budget management, fiscal practices, and personnel management.
- Public health system, injury prevention, and substance use disorder is critical.
- ADHS Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan.
- Division of Public Health-Prevention Services.
- Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) and/ or Arizona State Health Assessment (SHA).
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Leadership, management, and personnel management.
- Meeting and group facilitation skills are required.
- Collaboration and coordination with partner organizations are critical.
- Oral and written communication; in interpersonal relations as applied to staff, agency leadership, governmental agencies, community organizations, the media, and the public.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential.
- Program management development, policy analysis, and strategic planning skills are necessary.
- Analyzing and evaluating a variety of injury data to identify problems and make determinations regarding concepts, practices of interventions, policies, and administration of national, state and local public health delivery systems for injury and overdose prevention.
- Applying federal regulations, policy analysis and fiscal management.
- Computer and Software Skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat).

Ability to:
- Work cooperatively with individuals with diverse backgrounds, managing conflict, and strong written and verbal communication.
- Management of time, stress, and multiple tasks are necessary.
- Make critical decisions.
- Work independently, and in a multidisciplinary team.
- Successfully execute contracts in a timely manner.
- Identify outcomes and performance measures.
- Prioritize and organize multiple complex projects.
- Work under tight deadlines.
- Develop reports for the public, Legislature, and Governor's Leadership.
- 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 in nursing, social work, public health, public administration, or related field and five years professional experience in injury or prevention and supervisory or management responsibilities. Master's degree (preferred) in related field may substitute for two years of related experience. Experience in working in the field of substance use disorder prevention and/or opioid policy is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

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.