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  • 514791
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jan 31 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:  1789 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $85,488 - $104,000 

Grade: 25

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This position may offer the ability to work remotely, within Arizona, based upon the department's business needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Project Manager. 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.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona, unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:

• This position will provide leadership, guidance, and recommendations in managing all aspects of a project's life cycle and works with all related areas of the organization to define requirements, deliverables, and timeliness.
• Manages complex and intermediate project utilizing the PMI knowledge areas and process groups. They will utilize PMI best practices and tools and integrate the Arizona Management Systems (AMS) to manage the strategic goals of the division.
• The type of assignments that a Senior Project Manager will be assigned versus an Intermediate or Entry level Project Manager differ by the complexity and interconnectivity of the type of projects they may be assigned, and the experience required to manage this type of project.
• This position is expected to bring their experience and lessons they have learned managing in projects in the past to this role, particularly their risk management skills, communication management skills and stakeholder management skills.
• The Senior Project Manager is expected to anticipate "client" needs and propose solutions for them. This role should possess a deep knowledge of PMI, the PMBOK, and the PMI framework that they are bringing to this role.
• This position should also continually seek and capitalize upon opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and improve customer relationships.
• This position is expected to develop their own project plans in Microsoft Project and report out on a regular cadence to leadership the project status.
• Senior Project Manager is expected to develop corrective action plans when projects require them and participate in strategic planning and building project plan around the annual improvement plans
• Manages communications and meetings for projects and teams, creates change and problem solves issues independently and is accountable for themselves and their teams.
• Participates in meetings with senior leadership to prioritize projects for the team, minimizes exposure and risks across projects, expected to possess expert knowledge in project management to identify opportunities for change and the ability to convey the need for change
• The Senior Project Manager may lead other team members on projects, or they may directly manage many large-scale projects on their own.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of project management
• Organization's methodologies and tools
• Familiarity with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
• Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, including Microsoft Project
• Knowledge of lean principles and practices
• Interpersonal, written, and oral communications
• Building interrelationships among various internal and external organizational functions
• Skilled in strong conflict management skills
• Basic project coordination skills
• Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks
• Work collaboratively in teams and across organizations
• Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly
• Strong analytical, critical thinking and innovation skills
• Organization and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated ability to respond promptly to customer needs
• Communicate activities and results as appropriate
• Demonstrate continuous efforts to improve and streamline work processes
• Communicate efficiently and effectively with project team
• Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders solving complex problems

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor's degree plus five (5) or more years of experience in project coordination and management (or equivalent experience). Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• In-state travel is required. This position requires 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 required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
• 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 benefit 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

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

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 Jared Dechantigny at 480-486-8723 or jdechantigny@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Jared Dechantigny at 480-486-8723 or jdechantigny@azdes.gov.

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.