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  • 503038
  • Full-time


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 Ave Phoenix, AZ. 85017

Posting Details:

Salary: $72,000 

Grade: 23

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Tribal Health Liaison will represent the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to tribal governments, tribal health officials, and the broader tribal community. This position will represent the agency in working directly with with tribal leaders, other state officials, other agency representatives, and key stakeholders. The tribal liaison is responsible for coordinating tribal consultations, annual reports, coordinating ADHS programs and bureaus with relevant and appropriate tribal parters, and represents the ADHS on the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care.

Under the direction of the Partner Relations Program Administrator within the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement, this position is responsible for managing communications and policy efforts on behalf of ADHS. This position is responsible for determining and advocating for issues pertaining to the health partnerships between tribal governments and ADHS.

This position is responsible for a wide range of public relations activities including; preparation of staff for public appearances; publications and educational materials on stakeholder issues; technical writings; document and publication editing; website content; and verbal or written responses to the tribal governmental inquiries.

Additionally, this position serves as an agency point of contact for tribal leaders and other stakeholders serving in a similar role.

This individual will apprise the Department leadership and the Partner Relations Program Administrator and report about tribal health issues.

Job Duties:

- Communicate with tribal leaders, ADHS staff, Governor's office staff, counterparts at other agencies, and stakeholders regarding ADHS-related matters; represent ADHS at stakeholder meetings and events.
- Communicate information/updates and provide analysis and recommendations to ADHS concerning public health initiatives and partnerships between ADHS and tribal governments.
- Advocate on behalf of ADHS, and continued tribal partnerships to address public health issues.
- Represent ADHS as requested at tribal meetings, stakeholder meetings and councils to resolve questions and issues.
- Informs the Program Administrator of sensitive issues or problems affecting Arizona tribes and tribal members including partnerships between ADHS and one or more of the tribes. Prepares written reports, plans and correspondence as required and delivers oral presentation as necessary. Conducts an on-going in-service training program on the culture, value systems and tribal customs of AZ Indian Tribes.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Tribal customs, value systems and characteristics of AZ Indian Tribes, Tribal language and medical terminology.
- Tribal governmental operations, including contracting processes and procedures and internal approval and communications protocols, legislative processes, laws and codes, health and social service systems.
- Federal rules and regulations including IHS, BIA and HCFA, State Statute; contracting, reporting and monitoring requirements.
- Agencies involved in the financing and delivery of health services to AZ American Indians to both on and off reservation AZ tribal members
- Community resources and programs for the Tribes, both on and off reservation.
- Arizona Management System, and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Problem identification and analysis, and problem solving techniques.
- Technical report writing, verbal communication, inter-cultural communication and public relations.
- Policy analysis and development, and legislative development.
- Public speaking.
- Management and organization.

Ability to:
- 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 with 5 years of professional work experience. Master's degree will substitute for 2 years of professional 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 make a contribution 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.