Human Resource Research Specialist

  • Job Code: W1318
  • Pay Grade:WQ
  • Pay Scale:$26.68-$48.46 Hourly; $55,494.40-$100,796.80 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Conduct human resources research studies, primarily, to support the development of selection tests and performance evaluation criteria; conduct training sessions, administer examinations, and produce related reports.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Plan and conduct job analysis studies; interview job incumbents, supervisors, and department heads; design and analyze task and knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) questionnaires.
  • Draft examination plans to match outcomes of job analyses and draft examination items to measure important KSAOs.
  • Perform statistical analyses to identify and improve psychometric characteristics of examinations.
  • Administer human resources selection examinations.
  • Write reports to document job analysis procedures and results and assist in writing job descriptions.
  • Assist in the development of performance evaluation instruments; manage and deliver the countywide performance management training program; and provide guidance, applicable rule interpretation, and technical assistance to county personnel regarding proper implementation of the performance management process.
  • Collect performance management data and develop, produce, and distribute summary reports.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of human resources selection techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of the American Psychological Association’s Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.
  • Considerable knowledge of descriptive and correlation statistical analysis procedures used in psychometrics.
  • Considerable knowledge of individual performance evaluation methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of test security.
  • Working knowledge of the current principles, practices, methods and procedures used in personnel selection, job performance evaluation, adult learning and training, and organizational surveying.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of management.
  • Skill in interviewing job incumbents and supervisors to accurately identify entirety of work performed and relationships with other jobs.
  • Ability to write effective multiple choice examination items.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to design training and rating plans for all types of jobs.
  • Ability to design job applications to solicit job-specific information from applicants.
  • Ability to write job task and knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics statements.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and conduct projects spanning several months.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate, and conduct training activities.
  • Ability to proof own work.
  • Ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports.
  • Ability to complete assignments and projects in an efficient and timely manner.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a major in Business Administration or Psychology.
  • Two years of experience in job analysis and test validation.
  • A master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in an industrial/organizational psychology or business administration field.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training