Job: Policy Specialist(Job Id 30187)

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Job Description

05/17/2017 05/31/2017
PHOENIX 37,564.00-51,321.00


Arizona Department of Economic Security


Policy Specialist

1789 W. Jefferson - Phoenix, AZ 85007  

Openings: 1

This announcement is open until a sufficient number of resumes are received. Interested applicants should apply for this position if they feel that they are qualified as quickly as possible to ensure a timely application.

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) works with families, community organizations, advocates, and State and Federal partners to realize our collective mission to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need. To learn more about DES visit DES Overview and visit our careers page to see current job opportunities. Join the DES Team!



The Division of Child and Family Engagement (DCFE) is seeking an experienced and highly qualified individual to join our team as a Policy Specialist. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Analyze and interpret federal and state laws governing the child care program

- Develop and maintain comprehensive policy and user guides for program staff

- Assist in the development of various state plans for federal approval

- Provide technical assistance, policy interpretation and guidance regarding quality assurance and monitoring case review items, to program staff, training staff, and other stakeholders both public and private

- Develop, redesign and revise programmatic forms, pamphlets and brochures

- Review federal/state legislation completion analysis for impact on the programs and provide recommendations

- Participate and contribute to special projects that may require learning and developing new program policies and procedures based on legislative or political changes



- Knowledge of federal and state laws, statutes, regulations and rules including but not limited to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG)

- Knowledge of contemporary concepts and practices utilized in the related programs as well as needs and responses to program clientele

- Service delivery practices, policies and procedures established for the programs

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Researching and providing interpretation of federal and state regulations

- Skill in practicing effective organization, time management and planning

- Using independent judgement and decision making

- Ability to translate laws and regulation into plain language for program staff

- Communicate and develop professional relationships with legislative staff, programmatic staff, community representatives, contracted service providers and public clientele



DES promotes career development by offering a learning environment, team oriented culture. Our new hires enjoy several other benefits such as paid holidays, vacation days, sick leave, medical, dental, and vision benefits, tuition reimbursement, and participation in the Arizona State Retirement Plan. Click here to learn more about benefits.


Staffing Disclosure

Applicants will be required to:

- Have a current, valid state issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employee is subject to driver’s license record checks and must maintain an acceptable driving record, valid motor vehicle insurance and registration, and must complete any required training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

- Apply for and show proof of receipt of a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card that meets Level One requirements

- Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees

- Be subject to a search of Child Protective Services Central Registry

- 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


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DES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer

Persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply

Fair and Equal Employment Opportunity Practices: DES does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, parental status, or military service.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: During all stages of the recruitment process, persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation which includes but are not limited to a sign language interpreter or an alternative format of documents. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact DES Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2842. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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