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Date:  Jun 14, 2022


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Requisition No: 641442 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: HIRING SPECIALIST - 60071324

Position Number: 60071324 

Salary:  $37,500.06 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/03/2022 

Hiring Specialist

Department of Children and Families

Tallahassee, FL

Open Competitive


Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF salary policy. 

Special note:  **We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.**


Mission:  The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.


Vision:  We are a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community stakeholders, we will deliver world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people we serve with the level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own families.


Values:  A workforce that operates with integrity maintains loyalty to a code of ethics that requires the courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable. We are a solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and accountability of results. Both within the organization and among our stakeholders, we thrive in a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication. High performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving quality outcomes for those we serve.



This is independent work in which the incumbent will be responsible for coordination of recruitment and selection activities for the assigned geographical Region/Facility Recruitment Team.


Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for monitoring vacancies and managing internal movement process. Position is responsible for presenting plan to fill vacancy(ies) to hiring managers as it relates to internal movement of employees and the use of viable candidate pools.
  • Responsible for sending job postings to Statewide Advertising specialist; receiving and reviewing employment applications; evaluating applicants’ education, training and work experience; determining eligibility for appointment; and coding applications accordingly for all assigned job classifications.
  • Sends automated pre-screening tests to eligible candidates; Issues list of eligible candidates for interview and interview screening tools to interview panel.
  • Participates as interview panel member to ensure job requirements and expectations are clearly understood and candidates are assessed against appropriate criteria.
  • Assists in New Hire Orientation.
  • Maintains internal database to include, but not limited to, open position report, time to fill, and notification to the Statewide Advertising team for disposition of applicants.
  • Actively participates in staffing related activities and engages in cross functional projects as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication. Knowledge of interviewing principles and techniques. Knowledge of the methods of data collection. Knowledge of hiring practices and understanding of fair employment practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Ability to professional interact with both internal and external customers in a tactful, courteous and effective manner. Ability to record, collect, evaluate and analyze data. Ability to work independently by planning, organizing and coordinating work assignments. Ability to listen effectively. Ability to speak clearly and correctly. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Strong decision-making skills.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Proven knowledge and experience in recruitment and selection activities; and
  • Experience with determining candidate eligibility; and
  • Hands-on experience with People First Applicant Tracking System; and
  • Valid Driver’s License (Travel is required to attend off-site job fairs, interviews and meetings as needed).



  • BS or master’s degree;
  • Department of Children & Families’ experience in services related to child welfare, adult protection, economic self-sufficiency, or mental health treatment facilities direct care;
  • Experience in conducting and applying proven interview techniques.


NOTE: Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities used to meet the minimum qualifications, and in response to the pre-qualifying questions, must be verifiable through information contained on your State of Florida Candidate Profile (it is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering the work history).  All gaps in employment must be accounted for and explained.  Incomplete profiles will not be considered. 

Other Pertinent Information:


The position will perform all job tasks in accordance with laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements applicable to state and federal laws or procedures.


BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT:  It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies. Background checks will also include an Abuse Check.


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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