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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, 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 Pilot 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.


Professional Development & Community Engagement 

Job Location:

Address:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $70,000 

Grade: 23

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

This position serves as a manager and supports the Professional Development and Community Engagement Office, CDC COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Development grant and other state and federal funding. As a Program Manager, this position performs advanced professional analytical work and is responsible for advancing Arizona Department of Health Service's efforts to improve school health. The School Health Liaison is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to local agencies and community partners, developing policies, and building partnerships with internal and external partners to promote policy change initiatives around school health. This position is responsible for writing state plans to obtain federal grants, planning for services, overseeing contractors through ADHS procurement processes, planning budget and payments for services, facilitating and coordinating meetings with partners, and writing policies and procedures. This position completes both state and federal program and financial reporting requirements, evaluates services provided, and performs other duties as required. The position will oversee, manage, and supervise the work of staff (work assignments, setting priorities, hiring, discipline, provide training, approving leave requests, and preparing evaluations).

This position is required to perform work at/attend meetings at alternate locations and/or travel when necessary. This position will also supervise other individuals working on school health initiatives.

Employee will be expected to make independent decisions and judgments based on their professional education, programmatic experience and training; this position maintains and shares information and data of a very confidential nature.

This School Health Liaison position serves in response to school reopening and testing lead and is dependent on grant funding which is subject to renewal annually.

Job Duties:

Provide leadership in planning, developing, coordinating, evaluating, and implementing comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental change strategies as well as communications plans related to school health to mitigate infectious disease (including COVID-19) and prevent obesity and chronic diseases.
Assist with or lead trainings, workshops, and conferences in order to build capacity related to prevention and communicable disease mitigation in school health. Plan, conduct, and evaluate trainings for Local Implementing Agencies, Local Education Agencies, and community partners.
Provide technical assistance to Local Implementing Agencies, Local Health Departments, Local Education Agencies, and community partners.
Recruit and maintain partnerships with school health advocates, state and local government agencies, Local Education Agencies, and others. Coordinate and facilitate meetings with local health agencies and education partners.
Oversee, manage, and supervise the work of staff (work assignments, setting priorities, hiring, discipline, provide training, approving leave requests, and preparing evaluations). Oversees the programmatic planning and evaluation, including grant management.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Management of contracts, grants and budgets.
- Considerable independent judgment and advanced knowledge of applied epidemiology for public health practice.
- Managerial techniques and personnel policies and procedures.
- Contemporary principles and practices of epidemiology; principles and practices applicable to disease investigation and the control and prevention of diseases.
- Methods, procedures and techniques used in developing, implementing and maintaining disease prevention and control programs.
- Contemporary medical methods and practices used in the control of a variety of diseases.
- Program planning and fiscal monitoring practices and procedures.
- Infectious disease prevention and mitigation in school health.
- Broad knowledge of community programs supporting school health.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.
Skill in:
- Work management and work leadership.
- Oral and written communication.
- Interpersonal relations, as applied to contracts with representatives of other governmental and private organizations, physicians and the public.
- Supervision, program planning and administration, contract/budget monitoring, and grant writing.
- Disease investigation and prevention, public health surveillance.
- Computerized database management, data analysis, program evaluation, and literature search.
Ability to:
- Communicate and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities.
- Prioritize and work with minimal supervision.
- Travel to various locations for meetings, presentations, and events.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with local, state, and federal officials, community representatives, and other departmental administrators.
- Organize and coordinate multiple projects on tight deadlines.
- 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 related field with 5 years of professional work experience to include 2 years in a supervisory or management role. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in Public Health or a closely related field. Master's degree will substitute for 2 years of professional work experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:



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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.