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OFFICE CHIEF SENIOR (Chemistry Office Chief)

  • 514981
  • Full-time


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:  250 North 17th Avenue

       Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $93,500

Grade: 24

Job Summary:

- This position, which reports to the Laboratory Assistant Bureau Chief, plans, directs and coordinates all activities within the Office of Chemistry. The Chemistry Office Chief is responsible for assuring that all procedures and protocols are conducted according to the approved Laboratory Quality Systems Plan, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) guidelines, and other accreditation bodies. The position provides strategic direction, management, and oversight for component programs and projects, program and grant budgets, workload review, quality assurance, and laboratory safety. This position is responsible for the recruiting, management, and career development of all program staff, including subordinate supervisors. This position may also act as, or delegate, the role of Laboratory Technical Supervisor, if qualified to do so under CLIA.

Job Duties:

- Organize, plan, and direct all activities within the Office of Chemistry. Ensure effective coordination between the individual sections as well as effective integration with other ADHS programs, state and federal agencies and working groups, and universities. Monitor and report on all aspects of program quality assurance, quality control, and performance.
- Work closely with the Laboratory Business Manager, who is responsible for the oversight of all business functions for the Office of Chemistry, to develop and monitor annual budgets and approve allocations and purchases.
- Maintain technical competency through the review of scientific and technical journals and maintenance of required Chemistry method competencies.
- Plan and evaluate personnel performance, including evaluations and hiring.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Technical and specialist knowledge (principles of chemistry and toxicology, principles behind analytical methods and instrumentation, practical applications of analytical methods, environmental sampling, sample preservation and safe handling procedures, scientific terminology).
- Computer applications.
- Business principles.
- Budgeting.
- Contracting.
- Safety.
- Quality assurance practices.
- Arizona's legislative processes and systems.
- Agency, Department, Division, and Bureau policies and regulations including personnel-related items.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Management, planning, and budgeting skills.
- Organizational skills for developing and implementing plans for an organization.
-Must be able to manage people to accomplish the prescribed objectives.
- Needs familiarity with scientific and medical concepts to consult with internal and external stakeholders and the general public.
- Communication skills include writing and public speaking to communicate plans, budgets, and public health ideas.
- Annual competencies in Chemistry laboratory methods.

Ability to:
- Analyze medical and public health problems, interpret results and data and organize responses for the State's public health policy, plans and actions.
- Teaching ability.
- Interpretation and application of results.
- Computer use.
- 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):

- Driver's License
A candidate eligible as a technical supervisor 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.cms.hhs.gov/CUA/03_lnterpretive_Guidelines_for_Laboratories.asp#TopOfPage

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.