Outdoors, Mountain, Nature, Person, Painting, Valley, Landscape, Scenery, Panoramic, Canyon

Apply Now

Not You?

Thank you


  • 503101
  • Full-time


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 Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS)
Workforce Development Administration (WDA)

Job Location:

1789 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix AZ, 85007


Posting Details:

Salary: $22.0000 - $24.0000 HOURLY 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open until sufficient resumes are received

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? 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 Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) performs an integral role in improving Arizona’s workforce by assisting individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, and those with barriers, to prepare for and obtain meaningful employment. DERS supports Arizona employers with recruitment assistance by connecting them to a skilled workforce.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Program and Project Specialist within the Workforce Development Administration. This position is responsible for evaluating, formulating, and implementing program services; and developing and maintaining relationships with community resources to implement program services in one or more of the DERS programs that provide complex professional employment services, needs assessments, vocational evaluations, employment preparation, and training to assist clients in
obtaining employment.

Job Duties:

• Develop and coordinate with other agencies in private, public, and nonprofit sector
• Interpret and provide technical assistance on program rules and regulations
• Conduct presentations, program assessments, review program data/reports and coordinate
program initiatives

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Research and interpretation of Federal and State laws, statutes, rules, regulations, and
guidelines applicable to area of assignment
• Knowledge of negotiations, monitoring techniques and research analysis
• Skills to proactively develop and maintain cooperative and professional relationships
• Skills to effectively respond to routine inquires and disputes
• Ability to establish and maintain effective customer service

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor’s degree
• PMP Certification

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify),
applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon
completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably
accommodate any restrictions.
• The position will require a current, valid Arizona Driver’s License. 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.


We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

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 call (602) 679-5360 or email maritzaduffy@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting (602) 679-5360 or email maritzaduffy@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.