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  • 501417
  • Full-time


First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First is governed by a state Board with 28 regional partnership councils. First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination, collaboration and on the outcomes that will ensure young children start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.



Job Location:

Address:  4000 N Central Ave., Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $69,000 - $73,000 

Grade: 25

Job Summary:

The Program Director for Children’s Health functions as a content expert and team leader in the area of child health and development for First Things First. Children’s health encompasses many preventive health domains in behavioral, physical, mental and oral health as well as the necessary screenings, interventions, and community services needed to support a child’s whole health and their development. Children’s health work at First Things First also focuses on establishing and promoting system partners such as community, county and agency partners working on improving health for children. In addition, this position supervises Program Specialist(s) for Children’s Health to collaboratively work on state and local level systems planning, funded and unfunded program oversight and management, and determination of effective policy and programs in early childhood education related to working with children 0-5 years of age. Convening stakeholders is expected of this position in order to advance access to the health system in Arizona for families. The Program Director supervises and works with the Program Specialist(s) to directly assist regional partnership councils, First Things First staff, and partners in strategy development and implementation, training and technical assistance, and content related information for grant proposals. This position works with the Children’s Health team to conduct research on national trends and programs and uses a team-based approach to manage statewide and multi-regional FTF strategies. This position is expected to work across teams and collaborate with colleagues to support alignment, integration, and cross-pollination between Children’s Health, Family Support and Literacy, and Early Learning. This position is expected to lead the Children’s Health Program Specialist(s) in efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of funded strategies and engage internal and stakeholders into continuous quality improvement efforts.

The Program Director for Children’s Health reports directly to the Senior Director for Children’s Health.

Job Duties:

• In collaboration with the Senior Director for Children’s Health, leads the children’s health team to:
o Respond to requests from FTF staff and grantees for information and/or assistance promptly, professionally, courteously and helpfully.
o Participate in Technical Review Teams to review grant applications, contracts, governmental-to-governmental agreements, amendments, and renewals to ensure that the overall scope and intention of the services, including the standard of practice, is properly addressed and documented.
o Review and respond to quarterly narrative and data reports for assigned children’s health programs, and provides assistance to other FTF staff in interpretation of those reports.
o Facilitate implementation of and manage designated FTF statewide and/or multi-regional strategies.
o Provide program oversight, support and technical assistance to assigned regional partnership councils), review annual regional funding plans and grant renewals, and provide historical information on partnership challenges and opportunities.
o Convene cross-divisional teams to assess and improve upon programmatic health strategies as well as spaces within the healthcare system.
o Assist in the development of children’s health strategy directions.
o Work with the Quality Assurance team to improve program standards, policies and implementation related to strategies.
o Take the lead on cross-agency and cross-divisional projects related to state level systems planning, program oversight and management, and determination of effective policy and programs.
o Promote best practice and evidence-based programming by conducting research and analysis using local, state and national resources and data, and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing related to those practices.
o Actively participates and contributes in FTF Leadership meetings as appropriate.
o Participates and represents the agency in external meetings that advance strategic goals around children’s health and development.
o Make recommendations that assist in informed decisions related to programmatic and healthcare system operations, issues and needs of the Children’s Health team.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in public health, behavioral health, social work, family studies, early childhood health and development, early childhood education, or a closely related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
• Minimum five years’ extensive experience in Children’s Health programs with emphasis on Social Determinants of Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Health Consultation, Well Child Care, Head Start or other programs that promote optimal childhood health and development.
• A minimum of three years supervising staff.

Skills and Knowledge
• Utilize evidence-based research skills.
• Analyze and apply research to the development and implementation of best practice children’s health programs.
• Be flexible and adaptable.
• Partner and consult with multiple internal staff and external stakeholders in the field.
• Drive successful collaborative work across teams.
• Ensure deadlines are met.
• Accomplish projects that require the input, review, and approval of multiple stakeholders.
• Demonstrate strong content knowledge of children’s health including preventive oral health, obesity prevention, mental health, early screening and intervention, sensory screening, and more.
• Serve as a leader, mentor, and adviser to peers.
• Manage and implement grants.
• Identify, develop and maintain partnerships.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Work in a team environment.
• Uphold high ethical standards.
• Working knowledge of technology.
• Create and conduct group presentations to boards, commissions and at conferences.


For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page



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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.