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  • 509923
  • Full-time


COME WORK WITH US! 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 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:  150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $82,500 

Grade: 23

Job Summary:

A Career in Public Service Awaits You, Come Join our Office of Continuous Improvement !

Your Talent, Our Mission: To promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona.

What You'll Do:

Under the direction of the Organizational Performance Administrator and the Assistant Director of Prevention Services, the Strategic Initiatives Lead  will develop and implement strategic initiatives.

You will be responsible for implementing public health strategies, plans, and programs for the department and the Division of Public Health Prevention Services.

As the Strategic Initiatives Lead, you will direct efforts as a project manager, facilitator, and trainer. It is a collaborative role designed to initiate and lead key efforts and requires an understanding of health equity, strategic planning, project management, and partner collaboration. Initiative topics may include mental well-being, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, and health in all policies.

Job Duties:

-Leading and reporting on collaborative strategic initiatives aligned with the agency’s mission, vision, and values, including the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) and breakthrough projects. Coordinates and facilitates meetings and communication on projects and plans supporting Prevention bureaus.
-Provides leadership in collaborative planning with a variety of internal and external partners on the development and communication of Prevention initiatives and special projects.
-Leads development and communication of quality improvement (QI) planning and implementation, including support of programs on performance management and strategic planning.
-Responsible for guiding direction to prepare and deliver reports. Completes requirements established by funding, including grant deliverables.
-Increasing the agency’s capacity to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of practices, partnerships, programs, use of resources, and the impact the systems’ improvements have on the public’s health.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Principles and practices of public health practices, statistics, and program evaluation.
- Federal, state, and local grants; and regulatory methodologies.
- State government and management practices; state laws, regulations, rules, contracts, policies, and requirements related to public health.
- Motivational techniques and goal setting.
-Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Leadership skills to inspire, motivate, and stimulate cooperation and collaboration.
- Analytical and decision-making skills and the ability to problem solve.
- Planning and organizational skills and ability to implement and facilitate complex initiatives and events.
- Expressing ideas and information concisely with all levels of the organization.
- Establishing, developing, and maintaining positive, productive relationships with individuals that may have conflicting goals.
- Oral and written presentation and communication skills.
- Information collection and synthesis skills.
- Project management.
- Self-motivation.

Ability to:
- Prepare informative and accurate reports on program progress and data analysis.
- Inspire, motivate, and stimulate cooperation and collaboration in teams.
- Teach or transfer knowledge.
- Deal diplomatically and interact professionally with a variety of individuals.
- Adapt and customize solutions according to constraints.
- Apply evidence-based practices in public health policy.
- 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 and 7 years of work experience in strategic planning, public health programs, and project management. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in Public Health, Organizational Development, Business, Public Administration, or equivalent and will substitute for 3 years of work experience.

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 contribute 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.