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  • 515017
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 10 2023 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 (DDD)

Job Location:

Address:  4000 North central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $36,778.77 - $54,991.24 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 01/10/2023

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through providing services to support them? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Program Project Specialist. DDD provides individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member driven. These services provide individuals with opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities of independent decision-making and engagement in the community. This position is responsible for:

Job Duties:

• Oversight of all operations and policies as related to the Division's issuance of NOA letters.
• Designs and develops program processes used by Division staff related to NOA.
• Designs and develops procedures to research, monitor, and review all NOA to ensure compliance with all requirements.
• Gathers data and creates, maintains, and monitors reports to demonstrate compliance with the NOA processes and procedures.
• Designs, develops, curriculum for statewide Support Coordination employees as related to the state rules, regulations, and guidelines for the NOA requirements.
• Consults with Central Office and Division staff regarding the requirements of NOA.
• Reports to Division management and AHCCCS staff, communicating all operations as they relate to the progress and compliance with NOA.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of-
• Statistical sampling and analysis, Support Coordination ISP and assessment requirements for Division services
• Effective presentation skills and techniques
• Current best practices in the field of developmental disabilities

Skills in-
• Interpersonal relations and diplomacy with Agency and Division management and staff, AHCCCS, Attorney General's office, members and their families, and the public
• Analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting a wide variety of programmatic information and data
• Designing, developing, presenting, and training-in complex information to Division staff
• Problem solving and decision making Conducting research and analysis Compiling data and reports
• Organization, time management, multi­ tasking, and prioritizing
• Effective oral and written communication skills to ensure the Division's compliance with Notice of Action requirements
• Using Microsoft Office programs with an emphasis in Access databases and Excel spreadsheets

Ability to-
• Interpret, and apply Federal and State laws, statutes, rules, and regulations
• Learn, interpret, and apply Agency, Division, and AHCCCS policies and procedures
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Plan, organize, and coordinate the execution of training with Division staff as requested
• Prioritize work and delegate as needed Analyze data and form sound decisions
• Speak in front of administration, peers, and all other Division staff
• Successfully manage multiple tasks, conflicting priorities, and deadlines
• Write Notices of Action letters that are clear, concise, member specific, and can be easily read and understood
• Work as a team player and contribute to problem solving, sharing ideas, improving processes or methods
• Accept constructive feedback on quality and quantity of work produced
• Maintain confidentiality and professionalism Apply program policies and procedures Understand and grasp complex processes

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred/ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and experience working with individuals with I/DD or the I/DD Community.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record in accordance with DES Fleet Management-Safety Program policy and procedures (DES 1-07-26 & DES 1-07-26-01). 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.


The Arizona Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

- Career Advancement & Employee Development Opportunities
- Flexible schedules to create a work/life balance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Stipend Opportunities
- Infant at Work Program
- RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
- Affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision
- Life and Disability Insurance

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 Humaira Patwary (480) 272-5809 or email hpatwary@azdes.gov.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (480)-272-5809. 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.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.