Doe/VR – Research And Training Specialist – 48003809

at Florida Department of Transportation
Published May 14, 2023
Location Tallahassee, FL
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Requisition No: 796646

Agency: Department of Education


Position Number: 48003809

Salary: $3,394.99 Monthly

Posting Closing Date: 05/23/2023



Location: Negotiable within the State of Florida and availability of space

Position Number: 48003809

Minimum Hiring Salary: $3,394.99 Monthly

This posting will be used to fill two positions

* The salary may be negotiable dependent upon years of experience, education level and available salary rate.

Previous applicants who applied will be considered and do not need to re-apply

Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."

This position works in Florida as a Research and Training Specialist

* Preference Will Be Given To Applicants With Experience In Training/Mentoring Vocational Rehabilitation Staff
* Applicants Invited To Interview Will Be Required To Deliver An Ad-Hoc Presentation And A Writing Sample

Minimum Qualifications:

We are looking for someone with a bachelor's degree (or equivalent work experience) from an accredited college or university and four years of professional experience in training, teaching, staff development, research, and learning development evaluation / or a master's degree (or equivalent work experience) from an accredited college or university and three years of professional experience as described above. Requires knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching, and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects; identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs, and instructing others.

Job Description:

The employee must be productive under tight timeframes, balance multiple and competing priorities and maintain goal- directed behavior and performance sometimes under stressful conditions. The employee must interact courteously with others. The employee's performance and behavior must demonstrate consideration of the workload concerns of others and must not negatively affect productivity and morale of the unit. Attendance is an essential function of this position.

This position is a part of the Learning and Development Office (LDO). The incumbent is responsible for working collaboratively with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) business units, program and field staff to provide subject matter expertise support and training in the areas of Rehabilitation Counseling Practices, VR Casework Processes, and Services. The incumbent will work closely with the LDO team to develop, coordinate, and/or deliver training to staff and service providers, statewide.

Duties & Responsibilities:

* Assist in the planning and development of training and resources for field staff as it relates to the provision of Rehabilitation Counseling Practices, VR Casework Processes, and Services
* Confers with the LDO team in determining training and staff development requirements, needs, priorities, objectives, and resources
* Develops, coordinates, and/or delivers training in a variety of approaches (e.g., face-to-face and/or webinar)
* Provides SME support and/or technical assistance on selected segments of the VR casework process and services by coordinating professional training activities and resources for new and existing staff
* Evaluate information from learners, subject-matter experts, and other key stakeholders regarding content and effectiveness of training events
* Able to compile and analyze training related data and information
* Prepares training reports and responses to surveys and other inquiries, as assigned
* Collects information on training requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, case scenarios, business analysis, and task and workflow analysis, as assigned
* Conduct needs analysis and evaluation of training, educational, and professional development activities for all VR personnel statewide, as assigned
* Conduct research and curates content regarding appropriate curriculum tracks for VR staff statewide, including consultation with allied agencies, as assigned
* Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Programmatic Knowledge of the Rehabilitation Counseling Practices
* Programmatic Knowledge of the VR Casework Processes
* Programmatic Knowledge of the VR Employment Services and Processes
* Working knowledge of Vocational Rehabilitation rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
* Knowledge of the principles of learning theories, human behavior, adult learning, communication and instructional design, research, and implementation methodologies
* Strong verbal and written communication skills, including knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and usage, to accurately develop, edit and/or update quality training and instruction
* Demonstrate and use facilitative leadership skills
* Demonstrate and use effective needs analysis, course development, and evaluation skills
* Utilize problem-solving techniques
* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
* Utilize problem-solving techniques
* Can independently develop entry and advanced level courses
* Ability to analyze, evaluate, and define large and complex training needs related to business processes and service delivery programs
* Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; to communicate effectively; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to motivate, develop and direct employees
* Ability to use formative and summative evaluation techniques
* Able to use multimedia technology and authoring tools
* Ability to manage and effectively prioritize multiple projects
* Setting up, operating, and tearing down equipment such as LCD projectors, laptops, & assistive listening devices
* Setting up rooms to best facilitate learning and utilize available space


It is the policy of the Florida Department of Education that applicants for employment undergo level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer.

All applicants for employment or to volunteer who are selected for an interview will be provided with the Consent to Background Screening form for level 2 screening, the Affidavit of Good Moral Character, and the Notice of Rights. The leading candidate for employment or to volunteer will be required to execute the Consent form and Affidavit, report to a designated location, and submit fingerprints for level 2 screening.

No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Department.

Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.


* State of Florida Retirement - 3% Employee Contribution Required
* 10 Paid Holidays annually
* Employees with up to 5 years of creditable service earn 8.667 hours per month, with 5 to 10 years earn 10.833 hours per month and those with over 10 years of service earn 13 hours per month.
* Career Service employees earn 8.667 hours of sick leave credits per month
* Health Insurance for Individual or Family Coverage - State pays 80% of premium
* Life Insurance - State pays premium for $25,000 basic term life insurance for full time employee
* Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, vision, etc.
* Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
* Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction

Benefits information can be found on the following 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