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Office of Inspector General - Appeal Hearings

This is an administrative Hearing Officer position that conducts administrative hearings related to DCF and APD actions.  The hearing officer must afford a fair and complete hearing and conduct the proceeding so that the record affirmatively shows that the hearing has met all requirements of the law.  The hearing is a formal hearing under the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120 F.S. and federal program requirements, as it often involves disputes of facts requiring specific evidentiary determinations.  The Hearing Officer must provide the petitioner a meaningful opportunity to be heard.  The Hearing Officer has the responsibility of formulating a Department or Agency final action.  This could include granting the appeal and ordering corrective action or denying the appeal and affirming the Department or Agency action.  The incumbent must have a strong knowledge of the programs and policies that come before him/her.  The different types of hearings conducted by this position are:  fair, disqualification and nursing home discharge hearings.  The incumbent will conduct hearings statewide primarily telephonically, and in-person when requested by the petitioner.  The incumbent must travel to the office in Tallahassee or other locations, as required.  The incumbent will conduct hearings statewide via telephone and face-to-face in an assigned geographical area. This position must be able to travel to the office in Tallahassee or other locations as required.



•Conducts the hearing following statutory guidelines between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Administers oaths, establishes the burden and standard of proof required of the parties at the hearing.  Develops the record, rules on motions and the admissibility of evidence.

•Must have the program knowledge to bring into the record facts necessary to resolve the issue(s) under review. Researches, reviews, analyzes, and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the various programs, including pertinent statutes, court decisions, Florida Administrative Code, federal regulations and the agencies’ interpretation of such authorities.  Monitors the agencies’ implementation of these authorities to determine the correctness of the action.

•Reviews hearing requests for jurisdiction, facilitates settlement negotiations, issues orders for prehearing conferences and discovery.  Schedules the hearing, assuring all of the requirements of law have been met.  Issues and rules on subpoena requests.

•Prepares a written decision, setting forth in a concise manner, the facts of the cases and the effect of the application of law to those facts.  This decision must be prepared in a manner prescribed by law to pass a stringent review in the District Courts of Appeal.  The decision must respond to proposed findings of fact and arguments submitted by each party.

•Holds hearings in an assigned geographical area and must travel statewide as assigned.  Must travel to the office in Tallahassee or to other locations for staff meetings as required.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.



•Communicating With Other Workers

•Providing information to supervisors, fellow workers, and subordinates. This information can be exchanged face-to-face, in writing, or via telephone or electronic transfer.

•Getting Information Needed to Do the Job

•Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

•Analyzing Data or Information

•Identifying underlying principles, reasons, or facts by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

•Making Decisions and Solving Problems

•Combining, evaluating, and reasoning with information and data to make decisions and solve problems. These processes involve making Decisions about the relative importance of information and choosing the best solution.

•Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing

•Developing plans to accomplish work, and prioritizing and organizing one’s own work.

•Monitor Processes, Materials, Surroundings

•Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, often to detect problems or to find out when things are finished.

•Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

•Identifying information received by making estimates or categorizations, recognizing differences or similarities, or sensing changes in circumstances or events

•Developing Objectives and Strategies

•Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives




•Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience

•Reading Comprehension

•Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents


•Talking to others to effectively convey information

•Problem Identification

•Identifying the nature of problems

•Information Gathering

•Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information

•Active Listening

•Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate



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 also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, 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.

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