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Date:  Nov 13, 2022

COCOA, FL, US, 32922

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify Website.

Requisition No: 694546 

Agency: Elder Affairs

Working Title: OPS CARES ASSESSOR - 65650205

Position Number: 65650205 

Salary:  $15.00-$17.50 HOURLY 

Posting Closing Date: 12/13/2022 











Mission Statement: To promote the well-being, safety, and independence of Florida’s elders, their families, and caregivers.

Vision Statement: For all Floridians to live well and age well.




This is a highly responsible position that provides comprehensive assessments of applicants for nursing facility placement and home and community-based services, evaluates the Level of Care, and recommends the most appropriate placement.


Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


Coordinates and conducts comprehensive assessments of applicants for nursing facility placement and home and community-based services. Evaluates the Level of Care and recommends the most appropriate placement; participates as a member of an interdisciplinary staffing team for Level of Care determination.


Maintains accurate and up-to-date medical information on clients through regular documentation of activities. Ensures timely and accurate data collection, reporting, and follow-up with individuals in accordance with established CARES policies, procedures, and regulations as directed in the CARES Handbook. Inputs assessment data into Client Information & Registration Tracking System (CIRTS). Maintains updated data in CIRTS on cases assigned in accordance with established CARES policies, procedures, and regulations as directed in the CARES Handbook.


Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team in making Title XIX Level of Care decisions (inclusive of physicians and other specialized professionals), maintains accurate and up-to-date medical information on clients through regular documentation of casework activities, ensuring timely and accurate data collection and reporting.


Ensures that the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process is completed before a Level of Care is issued when a request is received from a state mental hospital, a psychiatric hospital, or a psychiatric hospital unit.


Participates in monitoring of placement decisions on cases assigned through an annual recertification process; communicates with the long-term care network and relevant providers to ensure the appropriate Level of Care, program recommendation, and placement recommendation.


Maintains a high level of professional CARES knowledge, including an understanding of State and Federal rules and laws governing the activities performed by CARES. Improves/enhances professional knowledge, skills, and abilities through education courses, seminars, workshops, review of policies and procedures, etc.


Participates in pilot/special projects, which involves collaborative efforts to improve assessment and delivery of services.


Participates in disaster recovery efforts throughout the State of Florida. Reports to Special Needs Shelters to assist with discharge planning during a hurricane-related or other type of emergency situation.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


Attendance is an essential function of this position.



Knowledge of Level of Care rules and regulations, knowledge of CARES policies and procedures, knowledge of the aging process and the effects of chronic illness, knowledge of interviewing techniques, knowledge of community resources, as they relate to elders and adults with disabilities, ability to compile, organize, and analyze client information, ability to work with clients with a variety of physical and emotional problems, ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.


Possess strong written and oral communication skills, and uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Be detail oriented and able to enter data accurately into a computerized system. Navigate multiple computer screens and applications. Basic proficiency in Microsoft Windows Operating environments and Office Suite products to include Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint. Prepare clear, concise, and accurate records and other documentation in a logical format.


Ability to demonstrate a professional and courteous demeanor to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public and staff.


Ability to follow written and oral directions and instructions. Ability to read, understand, and apply complicated and detailed regulations, policies, procedures, and programs governing the agency.


Ability to communicate with others to obtain and verify information concerning eligibility.


Analyze and interpret written, numerical, and verbal data from various sources. Ability to type and prepare reports and memorandums accurately and timely. Plan and organize to ensure work is completed in accordance with regulations relating to eligibility and timeliness.


Ability to work in a large, open office environment.


Ability to lift and carry a laptop and associated documents (up to ten pounds).


Maintains confidentiality as required.



Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field or a combination of education and professional experience totaling four (4) or more years in a related field.


Travel is required. Operates own private motor vehicle for routine travel within the assigned planning and service area. All applicable State and local driving laws and insurance regulations must be strictly adhered to in the operation of the private vehicle while performing State business. Must possess a valid driver license. Overnight travel may be required.



Preference will be given to the Department of Elder Affairs employees.



A Successful completion of a Level 2 Criminal History Background Check is required for all applicants selected for this position.



Applicants should apply on-line via the People First Website by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of the position vacancy advertisement but are strongly encouraged to apply by 6:00 p.m. on the closing date to avoid any system down times or any other complications that may arise.


If you have problems applying on-line, call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287. Paper applications will not be accepted by the agency.


The Department of Elder Affairs is an "older worker-friendly" employer and also lists vacancies on the Silver Edition website, found at, that connects persons age 50 and older with other businesses/volunteer organizations/employers who specify they are "older worker-friendly."


The Department of Elder Affairs is an E-Verify employer and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each New Employee’s I-9 Form to confirm work eligibility.


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: Melbourne