Requisition No: 284541
Agency: Economic Opportunity
Working Title: 284541 – SPECIAL DEPUTY (ATTORNEY HEARING OFFICER) – 40031126
Position Number: 40031126
Salary: $40,000 – $42,000 ANNUALLY
Posting Closing Date: 01/05/2021
JOB TYPE: FULL TIME/CAREER SERVICE
POSITION LOCATION: TALLAHASSEE, FL
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) works across the state to support Floridas 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)
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.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION RESPONSES TO THE QUALIFYING QUESTIONS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE VERIFIABLE BASED ON YOUR SUBMITTED APPLICATION.
The SPECIAL DEPUTY is a member of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals team within the Division of Workforce Services. A Special Deputy is an attorney that functions as a hearing officer conducting administrative hearings on disputed Reemployment Assistance (unemployment compensation) claims based on appeals filed by claimants and employers concerning the eligibility or disqualification of benefits, overpayments, fraud, reemployment assistance tax, employer liability, and benefit charges to employers.
THIS POSITION HAS THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Ability to understand and interpret laws, legal code, court procedures, precedential cases, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, rules of evidence, and evidentiary hearing processes
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication
- Skilled at legal research and legal writing
- Ability to evaluate and analyze data relating to reemployment assistance insurance benefits, tax liability, assessments tax rates and reimbursements
- Ability to prepare for and conduct hearings
- Knowledge of and ability to use computer programs and equipment and web applications, including document and case management software, electronic mail software, word processing and spreadsheet software
- Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
THE HIRED CANDIDATE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING
- Conduct hearings to decide issues regarding reemployment assistance benefits and liability
- Monitor and direct the activities of hearings to ensure they are conducted fairly
- Determine existence and amount of liability, eligibility or qualification of benefits according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents and available evidence
- Prepare written decisions
- Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, evidence, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and determine conclusions
APPEALS HEARINGS ACTIVITIES: The Special Deputy is required to take all evidence under oath, 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.
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.
PREHEARING AND SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES: The Special Deputy is required to review each assigned case file, determine the issues involved and compile the evidence, schedule the hearing and prepare for the scheduled hearing. 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.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION
- A Juris Doctorate Degree and
- 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
PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE APPLICANTS THAT HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS
- 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 nations veterans and their family members by encouraging them to apply for positions at DEO that fit their skill sets. Let DEOs mission become yours.
This positions advertisement may also be viewed by registering on the Employ Florida website at http: www.employflorida.com/.
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 recipients 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.
VETERANS PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.