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  • 501295
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Sep 26 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.


Office of General Counsel

Governance and Innovation Administration

Job Location:

Address:  1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85392

Posting Details:

Salary: $39,983.00 to $55,774.00 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: 9/26/2021

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Office of General Counsel is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a POLICY ANALYST to support the Governance and Innovation Administration.

With general direction from the DES Policy Manager, this position drafts and revises DES administrative policies or procedures; tracks and ensures existing DES administrative policies and procedures are current and relevant; and modifies DES administrative policies and procedures based on changes to laws, rules, and the needs of DES. Functioning as a significant team member, this position monitors changes in State and Federal legislation, identifies changes that may have an impact on current DES administrative policies and procedures, and implements new or revised administrative policies and procedures. This position consults with the DES Policy Manager and Policy Unit staff, along with subject matter experts (SMEs) from various areas within DES, when drafting or revising DES administrative policies and procedures. The position answers questions from DES staff regarding administrative policies and procedures and participates in cross-divisional and agency-wide special projects.

Job Duties:

The position serves as the DES Arizona Open Meeting Law Coordinator and ensures the DES staff supporting State boards and commissions comply with Open Meeting Law.

Responsibilities include:
• Research, draft, and update DES administrative policies and procedures.
• Gather information and research from various sources, including State and Federal laws, Federal regulations, State administrative rules, stakeholder communities and other governmental entities, and any relevant historical information from the same sources.
• Develop and draft DES administrative policies and procedures with SMEs, Policy and Planning staff, and DES Executive Management.
• Communicate with various entities to gather information.
• Track development of policies and procedures.
• Compile information received from sources.
• Ensure policies and procedures comply with DES policy and procedures format, Federal and State law, and meet expectations of DES Executive Management.
• Assist in developing and maintaining tracking process to ensure all DES administrative policy and procedures is reviewed at scheduled intervals.
• Assess policy and associated forms for accuracy and revise based on new laws, regulations, or Department procedures.
• Provide assistance to staff within Administration by gathering information and statistics regarding policy and procedure issuance.
• Work as team member to monitor any new State and Federal legislation or amendments to existing legislation with potential impact on DES administrative policies or procedures.
• Research Federal and State legislation, analyze new legislation, and determine DES impact.
• Work with DES Policy Manager to write analysis of new Federal or State legislation, or impact of revisions on existing legislation.
• Work as team member with direction from DES Policy Manager to implement new DES administrative policies and procedures, including assisting with dissemination of information to DES personnel related to administrative policies and procedure implementation.
• Participating in policy and procedure implementation workgroups.
• Assisting DES Divisions and Administrations in structuring implementation of DES Policies and procedures.
• Report status of and changes to administrative policies and procedures to DES Executive Management and DES staff through various formats, such as email exchanges, in person presentation, position papers, comparative analysis, and spreadsheets.
• Ensure DES staff supporting State boards and commissions comply with Open Meeting Lew requirements.
• Develop and maintain tracking process and documentation to ensure DES designated staff receive required Arizona Open Meeting Law training and refresher training.
• Monitor compliance of designated staff to ensure meeting dates, locations, agendas, and meeting minutes are posted for the public as required by law.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of principles and practices of research, planning, and analysis.
• Knowledge of concepts of policy development and design.
• Knowledge of State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations governing DES and DES programs.
• Knowledge of DES administrative policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of database updating and structuring.
• Skills in research and policy analysis.
• Interpersonal workplace relationships skills.
• Development of policy skills to meet diverse needs of internal and external stakeholders.
• Writing and verbal communication skills.
• Skills in coordinating and structuring complex concepts into understandable, cohesive, and effective formats.
• Writing professional documents skills for varied purposes and audiences.
• Ability to communicate complex ideas, prepare, and present information do diverse audiences.
• Ability to accept, organize, and prioritize direction from various points of contact.
• Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as team member.
• Ability to review and provide guidance on policy and procedure development.

Selective Preference(s):

• Three years of experience researching, analyzing, coordinating, and writing policy documents for an organization.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• The position will require the 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 driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.


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:

For questions about this career opportunity, please contact Doris Spann, Talent Acquisition Manager, at (480) 313 – 7582 or via email at dspann@azdes.gov.


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.