Job Description

Tribal Liaison

  • 511921
  • 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.

Tribal Liaison

Division of Community Advocacy and Intergovernmental Relations

Job Location:

801 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85037  

Posting Details:

Open until filled: 1st review of resumes on 09/23/22

Salary: $67,566-$76,999

Grade: 22

This position is eligible for part-time/full-time remote work (including virtual office arrangement). Must reside in the State of Arizona.

Job Summary:

The Division of Community Advocacy and Intergovernmental Relations (DCAIR) is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Tribal Liaison. This position serves as the tribal liaison between Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Tribes and other interested parties, representing AHCCCS on task forces and in meetings addressing the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives. This position is responsible for tribal consultation between AHCCCS and the American Indian tribes in Arizona. This position will identify health care problems and issues to AHCCCS eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives through development of policies, documents, Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) and recommendations, as well as monitoring of communications relating to AHCCCS and American Indians and Alaska Natives. This may include interaction with federal, state, and local governmental officials, and AHCCCS management to include budget and legislative action recommendations.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
? Meet with IHS and Tribal officials, other state and local agencies, and advocacy groups; Review and update the Tribal Consultation policy. Liaison with the Governor's office, review and update the Tribal Consultation policy.
? Respond by phone or in writing to requests for information and assistance from Tribes, IHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other interested parties.
? Participate on various task forces and represent AHCCCS as required on other forums.
? Read, research, analyze and write issues papers and policies with recommendations on various topics that affect health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives, including drafting of language for IGA’s.
? Monitor legislative, regulatory or policy activity via publications, memoranda, letters, meetings, etc., to identify actual or potential issues related to health care as it affects American Indians and Alaska Natives.
? Provide technical assistance and serve as subject matter expert on internal workgroups and/or education to IHS. Tribes and other interested parties as related to AHCCCS and provision of health care.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


  • Health care issues that impact American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Familiarly with the cultural diversity of the various Tribes and able to effectively and sensitivity interact with Tribal leaders/representatives, federal/state officials, and other interested parties
  • Medicaid and health care delivery systems, including but not limited to 638 healthcare systems that provide services to American Indians and Alaska Natives both on-and-off reservation
  • Federal and State laws/regulations that affect health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Research techniques and ability to effectively locate source material
  • Budgeting principles and developing budgets
  • Computer word processing and spreadsheets
  • Tribal government operations


  • Excellent verbal skills for oral presentations
  • Excellent written skills to present material in clear and logical format
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to organize and facilitate large stakeholder events
  • Skills with Zoom and Google meets


  • Provide public presentations and/or coordinate with others in the agency
  • Research complex policy issues, analyze material and present written and verbal results
  • Work independently with minimum supervision
  • Superior organization and interpersonal relationship skills, including facilitation of group interaction
  • Understand the unique characteristics of issues that impact health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Present and recommend solutions for issues that will arise with health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Understand the culture diversity of the Tribes and interact with sensitivity
  • Perform under pressure within tight time frames
  • Represent AHCCCS in the highest professional manner

? Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or related field and two years of experience in tribal relations. Familiarity with Medicaid and health care delivery to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

? Master’s degree or higher, two or more years’ experience in researching, analyzing, and preparing reports about health care and American Indians and Alaska Natives. Familiarity with AHCCCS eligibility categories

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 is 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. 


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)
* 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
* Opportunity to work 100% virtually or remotely on an ad-hoc basis (home office)

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

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.

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