State of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ (30+ days ago)3.6


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future.

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Minerals Section Manager

Grade 22

Annual Salary Range $60,000 - $77,000

(Position Will Remain Open Until Business Needs are Met.)


1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007


Under the supervision of the Division Director, the Minerals Section Manager performs professional geologic and administrative work related to the oversight of six state wide mineral and energy permitting and leasing programs. The major function of the Minerals Section is to generate income through the issuance of hard rock mining leases, industrial mineral and sand and gravel leases, exploration permits, oil and gas leases, geothermal energy leases and special land use permits for severed mineral estates. In addition to the six statewide leasing programs, the position is responsible for the geologic and economic evaluation of all land sales, long term commercial leases and rights-of-way and a determination of mineral values for: land condemnation proceedings; in-lieu and other land tenure actions; legal quiet title actions; long range planning and annexations; other projects as may be deemed appropriate by the Division Director or Commissioner

The incumbent coordinates State Abandoned Mines Program and State Mined Land Reclamation Act with the State Mine Inspector's Office and cooperatively works with the Arizona Geological Survey to identify and promote the development of mineral resources on State Trust Land. The Section Manager also writes draft mineral policies, rules and statutes, and advises the Commissioner on mineral related inquiries and policy matters.

Summary of Duties:
  • Manages all facets of mineral and oil and gas development on state land through the administration of six statewide leasing programs.
  • Supervises and directs staff efforts; reviews staff work products, especially those involving Mineral Section recommendations; complete all personnel related duties.
  • Reviews and evaluates technical geologic reports; economic assessments; and mineral appraisals.
  • Writes scope of work and administers contracts for geologic evaluations; economic assessments and/or market analyses; mineral appraisals; and petroleum engineering studies.
  • Performs field examinations for lease compliance and collection of geologic information.
  • Responds to inquiries related to minerals leasing and mineral development on state land.
  • Prepares, reviews and revises permit and lease documents.
  • Resolves land use conflicts.
  • Prepares budgets; oversees royalty accounting functions; develops economic forecasts.
  • Writes draft policies, rules, and statutes and advises the Commissioner on mineral policy matters.
  • Applies and positively models the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; identifying meaningful group metrics and adjusting as necessary; leading all continuous improvement activities with courage and humility (i.e. daily group huddles, huddle board updates, problem solving sessions which identify areas for process and quality improvement); successfully adheres to standard work procedures and leader standard work protocols.)
  • Plans and facilitates effective 1:1 coaching sessions (at least twice monthly) in alignment with Arizona Management System principles. Consistently develops subordinate’s problem-solving skills; facilitating alignment on performance expectations and applying quick course corrections.
  • Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

  • A working knowledge of Arizona geology, geologic principals, mineral economics, cash flow analyses, mineral appraisal methodology, and exploration, mining and land reclamation techniques;
  • A comprehensive knowledge of state statutes, rules, and policies governing all types of mineral development on state land.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of federal mining laws and the Federal Land Policy Management Act;
  • An understanding of state personnel rules and procedures.
  • Strong project management skills necessary to plan, organize, prioritize, and direct the work of staff;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in both a technical and general sense;
  • Intermediate skills in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel PowerPoint)
  • Intermediate skills utilizing GIS applications.
  • Ability to develop performance measures for lease and contract administration, staff performance evaluations and budget justifications;
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of people from the non-technical to the very technical, attorneys, corporate officers, the public at large, and other government entities;
  • Ability to maintain composure and provide testimony in legal proceedings;
  • Ability to speak publicly;
  • Ability to resolve conflicts with and between lessees of the Department, the public, and employees.

A Bachelor's degree in Geology and a minimum of five years’ experience as an exploration geologist or mining geologist with project level and supervisory responsibilities. One to three years’ experience or commensurate training in areas of public land laws, federal and state mineral leasing laws, mineral appraisal methodology, mineral economics, and mined land reclamation.


A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.


The State of Arizona provides a highly comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • A Competitive salary
  • A robust and very affordable insurance plan that includes medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options;
  • A top-ranked retirement program with 100% employer matched contributions;
  • 10 paid holidays per year;
  • Accrued vacation and sick days;
  • Work-Life balance and additional options for life betterment such as deferred compensation, credit union membership, and a wellness program.

  • Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment
  • Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license
appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s

license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required

driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)

  • 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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