Agency: Economic Opportunity
Working Title: 178281 - OPS SPECIAL DEPUTY - 40096929
Salary: $18.59 HOURLY
Posting Closing Date: 07/14/2020JOB TYPE
: FULL TIME/OPSPOSITION LOCATION
: JACKSONVILLE, FL
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) works across the state to support Florida's economy, robust and talented workforce and our local communities. DEO is dedicated to making a stronger and more resilient Florida, so our businesses, communities and workforce are better prepared to withstand future economic slowdowns and natural disasters. DEO is focusing our efforts to help Floridians rebuild their homes and lives after the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Michael.
WHAT MAKES DEO UNIQUE AND A GREAT PLACE TO WORK?
* Highly skilled, professional environment *Healthcare Benefits
* Ongoing comprehensive training provided *Leave Benefits
* Student Loan Forgiveness Program (Eligibility Required) *Career Growth
* Tuition Fee Waivers (Accepted by major Florida colleges/universities)
We care about the success of our employees.
We care about the success of our clients.
We are always improving our technology, our tools, our customer's experiences and ourselves.
A rewarding experience for reliable, compassionate and professional employees.
As a condition of pre-employment eligibility, a Level 2 security background screening is required, which consists of fingerprinting and a check of local, state and national law enforcement records. (This is only used when the position requires security, see section 11 of the PD.)
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION RESPONSES TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE VERIFIABLE BASED ON YOUR SUBMITTED APPLICATION.
The OPS SPECIAL DEPUTY
is a member of theRA JACKSONVILLE APPEALS
team of the Division of WORKFORCE SERVICES. THIS POSITION HAS THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
THE HIRED CANDIDATE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING
- Knowledge of and ability to accurately interpret Florida statutes, rules, rules of evidence, and State and Federal court cases.
- Principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communication
- Skill at legal research and conducting administrative hearings
- Proficiency with computer systems and software, case management systems and Microsoft Office products
- Sound judgement and strong attention to detail
- Ability to evaluate legal issues; compose and prepare decisions, prioritize and organize documents and workload, and conduct hearings under stress and heavy workload
A Special Deputy is an Administrative Hearing Officer pursuant to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. A Special Deputy conducts administrative hearings on disputed Reemployment Assistance (unemployment compensation) claims based on appeals filed by claimants and employers concerning the payment or denial of benefits. The Special Deputy also resolves issues such as overpayment and repayment of benefits, fraud, and charges to employers. In pre-hearing, hearing and post hearing actions, the Special Deputy must adhere to the statutory requirements of Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, Chapter 443, Florida Statutes, Chapter 73B-10,11, and 20, Florida Administrative Code, the Florida Evidence code, Federal Performance criteria, and relevant Federal Regulations. The Special Deputy formal written decision constitutes final agency action. The incumbent of this position may be required to travel and must provide his/her own transportation.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION
- APPEALS HEARINGS ACTIVITIES: The hearings are conducted at established locations within the geographic area served by the appeals office and may be conducted in person, by telephone, or a combination thereof. The hearings are formal evidentiary hearings conducted pursuant to Section 120.57, Florida Statutes. Among other things, the Special Deputy is required to: take all evidence under oath or affirmation, determine the order of testimony, develop the hearing record, control disruptive parties, rule on objections to evidence, and rule on all oral or written motions filed with the Special Deputy during the hearing. Regardless of whether a party is represented by counsel or duly authorized agent, the Special Deputy is responsible for insuring that a complete record is made of the facts and circumstances surrounding the issues involved. The Special Deputy is responsible for ruling on claimant representatives' requests for representation fees.
- DECISION WRITING ACTIVITIES: The Special Deputy must issue a written decision on each case, using proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure in composing decisions. Decisions must be prepared in a timely manner to meet federal time lapse standards. In formulating the decision, the Special Deputy must analyze the evidence entered in the record at the hearing. The Findings of Fact as set forth in the decision are binding on further appeal, if based upon competent, substantial evidence in the record. In analyzing the evidence, the Special Deputy must rule on the competency and sufficiency of the evidence, resolve disputed issues of material fact, and insure that all relevant findings are included. The Special Deputy must make credibility determinations clear in the decision as needed to resolve conflicting witness testimony. The Special Deputy must accept or reject proposed findings of fact submitted by a party pursuant to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. The Special Deputy is required to analyze the facts according to the statutory provision on appeal and any applicable rules in the Florida administrative Code and apply interpretations issued by administrative and appellate reviewing authorities (Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission and all Appellate Courts). If a party files a brief, the Special Deputy must either accept or reject the case citations therein and specifically set forth the rationale for any rejection. If the Special Deputy is presented with a disputed issue of material fact, the decision must specifically set forth the dispute and the rationale by which it was resolved.
The ultimate decision sets forth the administrative action the agency must take. By statute, the adversely affected party or the Department of Economic Opportunity may file an appeal to a Special Deputy's decision.
- PREHEARING AND SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES: The Special Deputy is routinely required to review each assigned case file, determine the issue(s) involved and set the date, time and location for the hearing. The Special Deputy must schedule sufficient time in which to review all case materials, hold the hearing, write a decision, as well as to provide feedback to the Administrator regarding common issues identified in Adjudication determinations. The Special Deputy is responsible for insuring that the case file is complete. The Special Deputy must rule on pre-hearing motions, such as motions to affect discovery, issue or quash subpoenas, motions for continuance, and any other pre-hearing motions filed by a party.
- ADMINISTRATIVE AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES: The Special Deputy must timely and accurately prepare required reports, such as time distribution, expense reimbursement, case status, and any other required reports. The Special Deputy must respond, either orally or in writing, to party requests concerning the status of cases, timely read and analyze decisions from higher level reviewing authorities and is responsible for learning and administering statutory and rule changes. The Special Deputy will read and follow all remand orders received from the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission and maintain familiarity with case precedent. The Special Deputy will participate in providing the input for local and statewide training programs.
PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS THAT HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS
- A Juris Doctorate Degree, and
- Must be an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar or be successfully admitted to The Florida Bar within 8 months after his or her date of employment
- Currently admitted to The Florida Bar and in good standing
At DEO, we salute our heroes. We are honored to have the opportunity to support our nation's veterans and their family members by encouraging them to apply for positions at DEO that fit their skill sets. Let DEO's mission become yours.
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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. (TTY/TDD 1-800-955-8771 or the Florida Relay Service - 711.)
If you think you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either the recipient's Equal Opportunity Officer, or the Director, Civil Rights Center:
Equal Opportunity Officer, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building - MSC 150, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-4129; or
Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. Nearest Major Market: