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Job: Program Specialist(Job Id 38242)

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Job Description

05/16/2018 05/23/2018
PHOENIX 36,814.34-51,321.09


Department of Economic Security

Providing Opportunity, Assistance and Care for Arizonans in need!

Program Specialist

Division of Aging & Adult Services

1789 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ 85007


The Division of Aging & Adult Services is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Program Specialist.


-          Coordinates efforts to support the goals of refugees achieving economic self-sufficiency and successfully resettling in Arizona

-          Works closely with stakeholders and refugees

-          Provides ongoing technical assistance and guidance to contractors and community education to an array of stakeholders

-          Assists colleagues with projects and tasks as needed to ensure timely and quality completion of Administration’s goals

-          Identifies any critical issues that threaten projects

-          Analyzes and assesses policies, systems and services

-          Recommends and implements improved approaches and paradigms

-          Provides quality assurance assistance in tracking of budgets and expenditures with Administration and other Divisions and Departments

-          Researches and pursues funding and other resources that contribute to successful refugee resettlement and integration efforts

-          Participates in programmatic development of Administration contracted services

-          Prepares grants and reports

-          Performs other duties appropriate to the assignment



Knowledge of:

-          Global refugee situations and systems

-          United State statutes, policies and guidelines pertaining to refugees and other beneficiaries

-          Various agencies involved in refugee resettlement

-          Delivery of human services, programs and systems

-          National, sociocultural and linguistic differences among client populations

-          Local community networks and available community resources

Skill in:

-          Verbal and written communication

-          Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships

-          Planning, organizing and leading effective outcomes focused meetings with diverse stakeholders

-          Microsoft Office Suites

-          Resource development, including grant and project proposals

Ability to:

-          Understand and apply state procurement rules  and processes

-          Resolve complex problems and work effectively in high pressure situations

-          Advance systems that provide culturally responsive and linguistically compatible services to refugees and other eligible beneficiaries


-          Associates degree equivalency and one (1) year in refugee settlement; or a combination of high school diploma


-          In-state travel may be 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.

-          A Level One Clearance Card from the Arizona Department of Public Safety is required to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position, in accordance with A.R>S.41-1968.  A Level Once Clearance Card can be applied for upon acceptance of a job offer.

-          Be subject to a search of Child Protective Services Central Registry and the Adult Protective Services Registry.

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

-          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 Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 

-          Sick leave

-          Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

-          Health and dental insurance

-          Retirement plan

-          Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

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


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

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


If you have any questions please feel free to call 602-774-5535 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling 602-771-2870. 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.






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