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SYSTEMS/NETWORK MGR-Application Manager

  • 507517
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) is a social and human services agency whose mission is to successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency. DCS has field office locations located throughout the state of Arizona, with its central office located in Downtown Phoenix. DCS employs over 2,800 employees who share the common vision of ensuring children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect.

Application Manager

IT Department

Job Location:

3003 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $95,000 annual 

Grade: 29

Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Summary:

Our Application Manager is responsible for managing a group of developers and Application Support Team to deliver solutions on cloud architecture. Application managers are responsible for building partnerships and liaising with team leaders to determine services, the criteria for the delivery of those services, and how to develop solutions to any issues that arise.

Serving in this role requires an individual to be a self-starter, working both independently and as a team member. Strong communication skills in interfacing with agency partners and the IT community are required. They must have significant business knowledge application managers are expected to mentor and coach less experienced staff and provide knowledge transfer across the organization.

Bi-Lingual Stipend

DCS offers a Bi-Lingual Stipend to all interested and eligible DCS Employees who successfully complete a language proficiency exam.  Qualifying employees will receive a $500 annual stipend paid in equal increments. 

 If you’re good at what you do, you can work anywhere. If you’re the best at what you do, come work at DCS!

Job Duties:

- Collaborate with business and IT stakeholders to ensure smooth and reliable delivery of software and systems to fulfill business objectives, support business processes, and ensure business continuity. Integrating new solutions on existing cloud services.
- Creates and promotes a productive work environment, ensuring that necessary skills and competencies are in place to meet the goals of the unit.
- Facilitates/Leads planning sessions with Business relationship manager.
- Manages professional employees and/or supervises medium to large, complex technical or business support or production operations team(s).
- Makes decisions guided by policies, procedures and business plans; receives guidance from senior manager.
- Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges.
- Provides leadership to supervisors and/or professional staff. Lead team of developers and quality engineers with performance management and AMS.
- May provide technical guidance to employees, colleagues and/or customers.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Broad and generally deep understanding of all facets of management and leadership, as well as a vision for the specific business program/function being managed.
- Thorough working knowledge of most infrastructure technologies and in-house developed applications utilized in the enterprise.
- Thorough working knowledge of the organization’s methodologies and tools.
- Thorough working knowledge of the organization’s policies and procedures.
- Thorough working knowledge of interrelationships among various internal and external organizational functions.
- Knowledge of Azure Cloud architecture.
- Experience with managing platforms and solutions in cloud environment.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics, OnBase, InRule, Scribe, DocuSign all a plus.

Skill in:
- Strong customer service skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
- Expert system administration and leadership skills.

Ability to:
- Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks.
- Work collaboratively in teams and across organizations.
- Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly.
- Build strong relationships inside and outside the organization.
- Manage medium to large teams.
- Evaluate and test emerging technologies.
- Apply creative solutions to business problems to ensure business needs are most effectively met.
- Understand and anticipate needs and priorities of both internal and external customers.
- Effectively articulate the relationship of the department to other business units in the organization.
- Understand and anticipate needs and priorities of both internal and external customers.
- Integrate new concepts, practices, and emerging technologies into strategic planning process.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor’s degree plus 5 or more years of related experience in related discipline (or equivalent experience).

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The ability to secure and maintain a Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card; and the ability to secure and maintain clearance from the DCS Central Registry.

In-state travel is sometimes required. 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.).

BA/BS in Computer Science or related experience.


As an employee of the Department of Child Safety you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!
Benefits include:
- Paid sick leave.
- Paid vacation that includes ten (10) holidays per year.
- Competitive health and dental insurance plans.
- Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
We also offer optional employee benefits that include:
- Vision coverage.
- Short-term disability insurance.
- Deferred compensation plans.
- Supplemental life insurance.
- Employee wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2903.
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.