Job Description

Senior Project Manager

  • 524601
  • Full-time


Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Accountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, Teamwork

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry.

Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Senior Project Manager

Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Job Location:

Address: 801 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Remote Work: This position may offer the ability to work remotely within Arizona based upon the department's needs and continual meeting of expected performance measures.

Posting Details:

Salary: $82,000 - $93,000

Grade: 25

Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Office of Inspector General is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Project Manager. Under the direction of the OIG Assistant Director, this position will serve as an executive/senior project manager, working on a wide array of highly visible, priority projects for the Division and Agency. This position will plan, direct, and coordinate executive level activities as well as provide project management experience and expertise in order to ensure successful execution of the Agency's most challenging and comprehensive projects.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Assess project feasibility; perform research, determine program goals and develop implementation tools; design project structures to promote effective work accomplishment and set effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, management/internal control standards, and evaluate compliance to federal, state, and AHCCCS standards.
* Obtain resources necessary to achieve desired project objectives; assume responsibility for the effective use of government resources; work with the Inspector General to identify key officials both with and outside the organization to gain understanding and support for the project; interpret, understand, and analyze information concerning medically oriented programs, management information data, auditing/statistical data, and other items deemed necessary for specific project development.
* Monitor work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress towards objectives; assess overall effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the organization; identify, diagnose, and consult on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement; and make decisions regarding alternative courses of action
* Lead specific projects/project teams as assigned, including but not limited to, the various federal and state audit responses for OIG, and related efforts, CMS mandated fraud, waste, and abuse programs, internal review of standards, and OIG participation on new or existing agency program integrity initiatives.
* Review staff recommendations on policies in conjunction with the DAD of Compliance in OIG and other programmatic implications developed as part of project work; consider the potential impact on political, social, economic, technical, and administrative factors and advise the work groups/team and/or the Assistant Director of possible concerns and considerations

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

* Principles, methods, and/or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources; including monitoring and inspecting budgets and related costs
* AHCCCS claims and encounter data, trending and identification of correct data for response, and actionable recommendations as derived from data understanding
* Health care industry and managed care concepts and practices
* State and federal health care laws and regulations
* Health care reform and innovation
* Theoretical and practical concepts of the health care market
* Arizona Revised Statutes
* State government organization, operations, processes, and procedures
* Concepts and techniques associated with strategic planning, quality management, and change management
* Business concepts and techniques
* Methods and tools used for mitigation of risk
* Various types of contracts and other procurements as well as contract negotiation, administration, and compliance

* Developing and maintaining effective working relationships
* Producing written information in a succinct and organized manner that is appropriate for intended audience
* Delivering clear and convincing oral presentations
* Highly effective communication sills with the ability to deliver information concisely to various public and private entities
* Interpersonal skills and relationships as applied to staff, representatives of other government agencies, and the public
* Analytical processes, project management, and advanced problem solving skills
* Negotiation and consensus building
* Problem identification and resolution

* Influence, motivate, and challenge others
* Adapt leadership style to a variety of situations
* Effectively engage with individuals who are unsatisfied, upset, and/or in distress
* Relate well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations
* Listen to others, attend to nonverbal cues, and respond appropriately
* Adapt behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, and/or unexpected obstacles
* Effectively work with ambiguity and/or limited direction


* Bachelor’s degree plus five or more years of experience in project coordination (or equivalent experience).

* Certified Project Manager.
* Experience in managed care/health care, policy/report writing, compilation and interpretation of data, investigations, and compliance audits.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

* 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 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.

If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job to conduct State business, then the following requirements apply: Driver’s License Requirements.

All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).


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)
* Paid Parental Leave-Up to 12 weeks per year paid leave for newborn or newly-placed foster/adopted child (pilot program).
* Other Leaves - Bereavement, civic duty, and military.
* 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

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time 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.

Learn more about the Paid Parental Leave pilot program here. 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

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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