Chief Human Resources Officer

Arizona Department of Administration


Phoenix, AZ 85007


$90,000 – $120,000
per year

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) assigned to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is a trusted business partner responsible for helping DES leadership determine strategic direction and priorities in the areas of Human Resources and Business Operations.  The position oversees approximately 140 HR professionals to support over 8,000 agency employees among 5 program divisions and multiple support divisions/units. The CHRO gives voice to the Agency’s brand strategy, models the desired behavior for workplace success, partners with management to seek out and identify vital resources, and embraces the complexities and challenges of the Agency’s various programs and services.

The CHRO will be an employee of the Arizona Department of Administration’s Human Resources Division (ADOA HRD) and will be assigned specifically to DES. The DES CHRO will be part of a cohort of CHROs of the State’s largest agencies who report to both ADOA HRD and their assigned agency.  CHROs work together frequently to build the State’s HR capacity and collaborate on shared challenges and opportunities.

Job Requirements

HRD leaders are viewed as strategic partners who help solve real problems by:


  • Using the business or entity strategy to drive HR activities
  • Knowing what drives success for the business
  • Understanding human resources business metrics
  • Determining the skills and capabilities that are needed to deliver the business strategies
  • Identifying top talent and matching them to business-critical roles.
  • Determining the organizational risks that could jeopardize business success
  • Designing organizations that deliver outstanding business results

Knowledge of:

  • Human resources principles and practices, including classification and compensation, talent acquisition, performance management, employee relations, operations  and employee benefits administration
  • Federal and state employment laws, State Personnel System Personnel Rules, Statewide Human Resources Policies and Guidelines and Lean Management Systems
  • Public sector processes, including legislative process, budgeting, procurement, and public records 
  • Branding and communications for a publicized agency 
  • Change management and process improvement within a large organization

Skill in:

  • Leadership and organizational development 
  • Oral and written communication 
  • Interpersonal relations with executive leadership, managers and various levels of contributors and stakeholders within and outside the organization
  • Developing and implementing work measurement methods, project planning, analysis and interpretation of data

Ability to:

  • Effectively direct large, centralized administrative services, problem solve complex issues, and drive culture initiatives
  • Synthesize data and analyses into compelling written or verbal presentation materials to facilitate decision making
  • Perform sound, objective analyses to draw out logical conclusions; ability to apply logic and reason to identify opportunities, and drive goals


The ideal candidate will have six or more years of professional-level leadership experience emphasizing Human Resources functions.

Education: Preferred candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration or a related field. Top candidates will hold a Master's degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration or other related field or a Juris Doctorate with emphasis in employment law.

Preferred Certification: A nationally-recognized human resource-related certification from SHRM, HRCI or other reputable certification institutions

  • Fingerprint Clearance/Background Check
  • Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, required to maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11)

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