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Workforce Deputy Administrator

  • 506258
  • Full-time


OEO exists to consolidate and improve analytic capacity for the state with the goal of tracking Arizona's key economic indicators.
The Office of Economic Opportunity’s Workforce team is housed within the Arizona Commerce Authority and provides leadership and support to businesses seeking a quality workforce and to the ARIZONA@WORK system.

Workforce Deputy Administrator

Job Location:

100 North 7th Avenue Suite 400

Phoenix, Arizona 85007


Posting Details:

Annual Salary Range: $90,000 - $100,000

Grade: 29

This position will remain open until filled

Job Summary:

The Workforce Deputy Administrator (the “Deputy”) assists the Workforce Administrator (the “Administrator”) with management of the Workforce team and has primary responsibility for the overseeing the Workforce Arizona Council (the “Council”), its committees and the state’s Local Workforce Development Boards regarding adherence to applicable state policies and federal regulations.

Working with the Administrator and the Council, the Deputy will lead development, coordination and planning of strategic workforce policies, partnerships, initiatives, and investments to achieve the Governor’s strategic vision for an effective workforce system.

Job Duties:

Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions

• Develop and implement statewide employment and training initiatives and pilot projects supported by the Governor’s office, including management of grant activities and staff

• Support the State Workforce Development Board (appointed by the Governor) and Council staff in strategic planning and execution in carrying out federal mandates including, but not limited to, funding investments, State Plan development and implementation, oversight and accountability, technology innovation, and continuous improvements

• Educate and train Council members and local workforce development board members on the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) rules and regulations, including but not limited to, fiduciary responsibilities

• In partnership with DES, reviews and stays abreast on all Department of Labor Training and Employment Guidance Letters, ensuring updates are made to the Council and Local Workforce Development Boards, as appropriate

• Work in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) on creating strategies that help strengthen the effectiveness of the state’s workforce system

• Frequently represent the Council at various speaking engagements and stakeholder convenings

• Prepare and present reports to state leaders and elected officials

• Other related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Federal Regulations and Laws (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), Federal and State Budget and Legislative Processes, Federal and State Workforce Programs, State Workforce Development System (ARIZONA@WORK)


• Confidence, Goal-oriented, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Relationship Building & Stakeholder Management, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Skills, Attention to Detail


• Multi-tasking, Public Speaking, Effective Written and Verbal Communications, Team Player, computer/website proficiency

Selective Preference(s):

• Board management experience and previous experience working with workforce development in a public or private sector capacity is preferred

• Minimum of 5 years related experience in a program or project management position requiring interaction with executives

• Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• 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.)

• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

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)

• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kimberly Barzar at kimb@azcommerce.com for assistance


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.