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52011 - SPECIAL DEPUTY - 40031063 1

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 52011 

Agency: Economic Opportunity

Working Title: 52011 - SPECIAL DEPUTY - 40031063 1

Position Number: 40031063 

Salary:  $40,500.00 ANNUAL 

Posting Closing Date: 01/18/2019 

JOB TYPE: (full time/CareerService)



The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) promotes and facilitates economic, community and workforce development for all Floridians. DEO is working with our partners to implement policies that grow the number of jobs, businesses and tourists coming into the state. Our vision is for Florida to have the nation’s top performing economy and be recognized as the world’s best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.

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. 



  • Knowledge of reemployment assistance laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to special deputies
  • Knowledge of legal terminology
  • Knowledge of the Florida Evidence Code
  • Knowledge of administrative law practices
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication
  • Skill at legal research and conducting administrative hearings
  • 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
  • Ability to work under stressful situations
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to reemployment assistance insurance benefits, appeals and liability protests
  • Ability to work independently
  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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. 


  • 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 has a juris doctorate degree


This position’s advertisement may also be viewed by registering on the Employ Florida website at

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
  • Direct, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.

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.

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. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee