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Human Resource Research Specialist

  • Job Code: W1318
  • Pay Grade:WQ
  • Pay Scale:$26.29-$47.75 Hourly; $54,683.20-$99,320.00 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. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored 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