The Division of Community Advocacy and Intergovernmental Relations (DCAIR) is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Tribal Liaison. This position serves as the tribal liaison between Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Tribes and other interested parties, representing AHCCCS on task forces and in meetings addressing the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives. This position is responsible for tribal consultation between AHCCCS and the American Indian tribes in Arizona. This position will identify health care problems and issues to AHCCCS eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives through development of policies, documents, Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) and recommendations, as well as monitoring of communications relating to AHCCCS and American Indians and Alaska Natives. This may include interaction with federal, state, and local governmental officials, and AHCCCS management to include budget and legislative action recommendations.
Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
● Meet with IHS and Tribal officials, other state and local agencies, and advocacy groups; Review and update the Tribal Consultation policy. Liaison with the Governor's office, review and update the Tribal Consultation policy.
● Respond by phone or in writing to requests for information and assistance from Tribes, IHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other interested parties.
● Participate on various task forces and represent AHCCCS as required on other forums.
● Read, research, analyze and write issues papers and policies with recommendations on various topics that affect health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives, including drafting of language for IGA’s.
● Monitor legislative, regulatory or policy activity via publications, memoranda, letters, meetings, etc., to identify actual or potential issues related to health care as it affects American Indians and Alaska Natives.
● Provide technical assistance and serve as subject matter expert on internal workgroups and/or education to IHS. Tribes and other interested parties as related to AHCCCS and provision of health care.
● Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or related field and two years of experience in tribal relations. Familiarity with Medicaid and health care delivery to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
● Master’s degree or higher, two or more years’ experience in researching, analyzing, and preparing reports about health care and American Indians and Alaska Natives. Familiarity with AHCCCS eligibility categories
• Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
• Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
• Travel is 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 for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. 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.
Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) - start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)
• A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
• A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance
• Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
• RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
• A variety of learning and career development opportunities
• Opportunity to work 100% virtually or remotely on an ad-hoc basis (home office)
By providing the option of a full-time or part-time virtual/remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Lifetime Pension Benefit Program
• Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
• Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.
• Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.
• Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).
Deferred Retirement Compensation Program
• Voluntary participation.
• Program administered through Nationwide.
• Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.
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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.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
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.