Help Wanted: Ethical Commanding General

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[See Dennis Welch’s series Letting Down the Guard]


Department of Emergency and Military Affairs


The State of Arizona is seeking a highly qualified executive and senior military leader to direct the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). The Director of DEMA also serves concurrently in a military position as the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard.

The Adjutant General serves as the military chief of staff to the Governor and the chief of all branches of the militia within Arizona. DEMA employs approximately 500 state employees, over 2,500 full-time federal employees, and a total of approximately 8,000 personnel. Under the direction of the Governor, the Adjutant General is the agency’s chief executive and provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to agency management and staff and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. The Adjutant General is the senior military officer for the Arizona National Guard that is responsible for providing trained, equipped, and ready forces in response to state requirements as well as federal missions and deployments.

Through subordinate managers and officers, the Adjutant General plans, directs, and coordinates all organizational components of the agency and is responsible for:

Overseeing and monitoring:

  • The Army National Guard consisting of six major military organizations with 60 subordinate commands
  • The Air National Guard consisting of three flying units with 42 subordinate commands
  • The Emergency Management Division responsible for preparing and coordinating emergency services, and the efforts of government to reduce the impact of disaster on person and property
  • The State Activities Division which conducts day-to-day operations, human resources, accounting, purchasing, contracting, public and legislative affairs, Military Installation Fund, and special programs
  • The Joint Headquarters which is responsible for day-to-day activities of the counter-drug program and southwest border support operations, Civil Support Team, State Partnership Program, and federal emergency response planning and exercises
  • Developing and managing DEMA’s budgets that include a state budget of $9 million and federal budgets in excess of $600 million dollars.
  • The management and maintenance of over 1,200 facilities and four training sites located throughout the State of Arizona.
  • Testifying before the State Legislature on budget and policy issues.
  • Representing the interest of both the Army and Air National Guard with local, state, and federal officials, National Guard Bureau, Federal agencies, and various departments within the Department of Defense.
  • Certifying the training, equipping, and readiness of both units and individuals for deployment into combat or in support of federal missions worldwide and defense support to civil authorities in the continental United States.
  • Directing the activities of the Total Force Team responsible for resiliency, family support, re-integration, post deployment activities, and mental health program for service members with deployment connected injuries and illnesses.
  • Oversight of planning, developing and implementing new projects and programs.

The Adjutant General is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.



  • Air Force and Army rules and regulations, functions and policies
  • State and federal rules and regulations, functions and policies
  • Management, planning, training and budgeting
  • State and federal legislative processes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of National Guard organization, force structure, and administration
  • Principles and practices pertaining to the full spectrum of military operations
  • Full understanding of complex personnel systems and personnel rules and policies to include state employees, federal technicians, Active Guard Reserve, and traditional guard members
  • Principles and practices pertaining to Emergency Management


  • Leadership
  • Complex problem solving and decision making
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Technical and tactical experience
  • Public speaking
  • Financial management and planning
  • Policy making and enforcement
  • Organization and analytical thinking
  • Strategic planning, development, and execution


  • Effectively communicate with all levels of government, military and citizens
  • Make sound business and military decisions
  • Provide leadership to subordinate staff, commands, and programs
  • Direct complex analytical and managerial work
  • Organize, plan, and effectively manage resources
  • Effectively represent the organization at official military events, functions, and meetings
  • Ensure correct administration of, and compliance with personnel systems


Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Arizona

Must meet the qualifications required by the United States Department of Defense in order to receive federal recognition in the minimum grade of Brigadier General no later than one year after appointment

Must have served no less than five years in the National Guard of Arizona in the last ten years


The ideal candidate will have executive level experience, a record of success in military assignments, a minimum of four years of command experience, deployment history, master’s degree, and a demonstrated history of innovative leadership and effective management.


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans (subject to a 180 day wait period)
  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans (subject to a 90 day wait period)
  • Accrued vacation pay and sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plans


5636 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85008-3495


To apply, click the APPLY NOW button below and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Please upload and attach the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Military biographical summary
  • Officer Record Brief or Records Review Rip
  • Last five Officer Performance Reports
  • Letters of recommendation (limited to five)

Having trouble applying for this position?

Call 602-542-4700 (option 9) or email for assistance.


Candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal history investigation.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.


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