Job: Senior Project Manager (WIOA Leader)(Job Id 36579)

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Job Description

PHOENIX 55,202.99-77,351.87

Department of Economic Security

Providing Opportunity, Assistance and Care for Arizonans in need!

Senior Project Manager (Workforce Innovation Leader)

Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services

1789 W. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007


The Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services within the Department of Economic Security is seeking a Senior Project Manager (Workforce Innovation Leader) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs. This is a key position responsible for applying Lean methodologies and processes in facilitating alignment and collaboration across multi-agency workforce programs, developing and maintaining collaborative infrastructure and culture; problem-solving across the Department and [email protected] network, and preparing and delivering presentations of complex material.


-        Lead statewide, multi-agency and multi-program alignment and continuous improvement utilizing Lean best practices methodologies

-        Act as Division’s single point of contact for the Governor’s designated local workforce development areas and work across Department and Divisional units

-        Represent the Division at various councils, committees, and boards to promote WIOA alignment 

-        Effectively lead cross-agency operational leadership team meetings

-        Twenty percent travel for both in-state and out-of-state business.

-        Work cross-functionally to effectively guide projects from planning through deployment with both the internal implementation team and external client resources

-        Regularly interface with senior management, programs, and project teams to provide a comprehensive view of WIOA project planning and execution, as well as the multiple concurrent initiatives.

-        Analyze and propose solutions to complex problems

-        Evaluate and mitigate risks

-        Analyze and develop policy

-        Maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal regulations and guidance, and state and local administrative guidelines and policies governing WIOA programs

-        Engage leadership and other departments to promote alignment and integration under WIOA


-        Knowledge of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

-        Previous successful experience managing multiple concurrent projects of significant scope and complexity. 

-        Knowledge of the Lean methodologies and practices

-        Proven track record of planning and delivery of complex projects with parallel work streams.

-        Ability to create Executive level presentations.

-        Knowledge of project management skills

-        Proficiency in MS Office Suite

-        Excellent verbal and written communication skills; public speaking

-        Moving groups towards common goals

-        Critical thinking and problem solving skills

-        Innovative, creative thinking

-        Data gathering, analysis and reporting

-        Direct comprehensive program design, integration, elevation and improvement

-        Understand organizational and interagency dynamics

-        Coach to develop team members

-        Excellent meeting facilitation, moderation and presentation skills

-        Experience in analyzing, interpreting and determining impact of federal and state regulatory requirements and guidelines

-        Previous experience and/or advanced understanding of the state workforce development system

-        Demonstrated success working in fast-paced, rapidly changing environment


-        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).

-        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


-        A combination of relevant experience and education typically obtained through completion of a Bachelor’s degree that provides the required level of knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the functions of the job.


 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 contact (602) 771-2880 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting DES Human Resources Administration at (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.