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  • 501684
  • 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 Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Job Location:

Address: 4000 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: 43,240.00 - 77,469.00

Grade: 22

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

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 Tribal Liaison Nurse. 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.

Job Duties:

• Travel to Tribal communities to educate and provide educational workshops on DDD services to tribal staff and communities. Meets with members/families to develop relationships and become familiar with family dynamics/needs/supports and make appropriate referrals to community agencies.

• Conducts comprehensive assessment of member’s physical, behavioral, and long-term care needs in order to develop comprehensive care plans for prevention, outcome improvement, decrease risk status, and increase self-care opportunities.

• Provides oversight relating to services the member receives and reports quality of care concerns promptly per DDD’s policies and procedures.

• Educates DDD staff on tribal services and programs including district nurses and support coordinators to improve tribal and DDD relationships.

• Prepares a variety of reports and complete special projects. Provides assistance and support to members/families in crisis.

• Provides policy support and policy interpretations to tribal nations and tribal providers, promoting services and programs to improve the health of American Indian members.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of nursing theories and practices related to individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health conditions.

• Knowledge of cultural awareness of Arizona American Indian tribes and all other Arizona cultural and racial population.

• Knowledge of service delivery and systems of Arizona tribes, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

• Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

• Knowledge of in-depth knowledge of problem solving and technical writing.

• Skills in written and oral communication to convey a wide variety of information.

• Skills in acute nursing processes including assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation.

• Skills in Highly Developed Interpersonal Communication skills.

• Skills in comprehensive nursing assessment and needs analysis.

• Skills in developing communication plans and effective teaching tools for staff, providers, members, and families.

• Skill in developing, analyzing, and implementing health treatment plans.

• Skill in analytical and clinical skills.

• Skill in understanding of and experience with special health care needs populations.

• Ability to utilize acute nursing processes including assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.

• Ability to utilize highly developed interpersonal communication skills.

• Ability to perform comprehensive nursing assessment and needs analysis.

• Ability to develop communication plans and effective teaching tools for staff, providers, members, and families.

• Ability to represent the Division in public forums.

• Ability to utilize analytical and clinical skills.

• Ability to understand the needs of and experience with special health care needs populations.

Selective Preference(s):

• 2-4 years of experience with and comprehensive knowledge of American Indian cultures.
• Experience communicating with Tribal Leaders and Community Members regarding the needs of American Indians.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Required at time of appointment: possession of a current license or temporary permit to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona. Within six (6) months from date of hire, must possess of a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona.

• Employee shall have a valid Level One fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 to work with children and vulnerable adults.

• Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459.

• In-state travel may be required.

• 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 the 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 driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.


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:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov. For questions about this career opportunity, please call Teresa Brown at (480) 673-0590 or email tbrown@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-673-0590. 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.

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