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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, and flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefits 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 N. 17th Ave

                        Phoenix, AZ  85007

Posting Details:

Salary: 70,000 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for the planning and supervision of all activities and programs within the Bacteriology/Mycobacterium Section. This would include supervising and reviewing the laboratory testing of priority biological agents suspected in bioterrorist attacks; providing interpretation of laboratory results; providing consultation and training for staff, physicians and laboratories; developing and implementing new laboratory testing methods; budgeting and forecasting; and interfacing with federal, state and county health and regulatory agencies.

Job Duties:

- Plan and direct all daily activities and supervise personnel within the section.
- Monitor test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of analytic performance.
- Conduct laboratory testing analyses in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures.
- Oversee training and orientation to all laboratory personnel within the section. Evaluate and document the performance of all testing personnel.
- Monitor the section's budget and forecast section needs. Manage reagent and supply inventory and monitor equipment performance.
- Provide oversight of the section's quality assurance program. Draft monthly Quality Assurance Reviews for regulatory compliance.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Use of specialized equipment. Knowledge of department, division, and bureau policies. Characteristics of microorganisms.
- Familiarity with modes of disease transmission. Knowledge of molecular and microbiological techniques including: isolation, identification, DNA amplification, DNA sequencing, TRF, microscopy, sterilization, aseptic technique, centrifugation and laboratory safety.
- Good grasp of scientific terminology (medical/microbiological/ genetic).
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Excellent training skills for organization of presentations, workshops, tabletop exercises, and wet laboratory exercises Interpretation and application of test results.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Strong computer skills.

Ability to:
- Perform molecular and microbiological techniques including: isolation, identification, DNA amplification, DNA sequencing, TRF, microscopy, sterilization, aseptic technique, centrifugation and laboratory safety.
- Excellent teaching ability High degree of manual dexterity.
- 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 a laboratory science to include 12 semester hours in microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology from a nationally accredited college or university (or a foreign degree which has been determined to be equivalent by a nationally recognized accrediting agency) and at least 2 years of professional level work experience in a laboratory.

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.