SUSD to Hire Full-time COVID Specialist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 13, 2020) – Seeking a more streamlined, coordinated approach to tracking and reporting COVID-19 cases among students and staff, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will add the position of COVID Specialist to its administrative staff. The full-time position, approved Nov. 4 by the Governing Board, reports to the assistant superintendent of Human Resources, Dr. Jed Bowman. 

SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel says school nurses and principals need help managing the tremendous amount of additional work they have taken on relating to the coronavirus pandemic, including determining the close contacts of people suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19 and submitting required documentation to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). 

“This new position would essentially be our ‘quarterback,’ the person who would direct SUSD’s efforts to ensure we are taking a consistent approach with our reporting to the county and with our communications to families and staff,” says Menzel. 

The position has an annual salary of $70,719 to $80,899 and will entail regular collaboration with all of SUSD’s on-campus school nurses and principals, as well as managing COVID-related questions, concerns and feedback the District receives through Let’s Talk

“In consulting with MCDPH and based on my ongoing conversations with other Valley superintendents, it is clear that COVID is going to be with us for a while, and while I hope we don’t need this position for long, we certainly need it now,” says Menzel. 

For more information on SUSD’s response to COVID-19, visit

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