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Human Resources

Job Title

Program Specialist (Benefits and Special Projects)

General Summary

This is professional work in the benefits area of Human Resources as well as assisting the Human Resources Director with Special Projects.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists in administering phases of the diversified and comprehensive legislative human resource program.
  • Researches and proposes improvements in the legislative human resource system.
  • Processes and maintains confidential personnel records of all employees.
  • Counsels employees in matters of retirement, group insurance, and other benefits.
  • Assists in recommending new personnel policies and procedures and changes to existing ones.
  • Inputs data into the legislative human resources system and monitors computerized personnel reports and records.
  • Performs special assignments, prepares reports, and drafts letters of response to inquiries.
  • Advises employees and supervisors on workers' compensation programs and processes injury reports.
  • Responds to questions and problems in the administration of benefits for Legislators, employees, and with other agency personnel.
  • Coordinates with the Finance and Accounting Office on journal transfers, refunds, and vouchering warrants for premium and retirement payments.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of personnel administration.
  • Knowledge of personnel program functions such as employee benefits.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of human resources.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to formulate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and apply related rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Ability to use tact and exercise good judgment when interacting with Legislators and staff, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to make presentations and promote programs.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in accounting, business or public administration, or a related field and three years of professional experience in accounting, auditing, budgeting, human resource, staff development or training, purchasing, research, analysis, program planning and evaluation, or administrative work; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of professional experience as described above. 

Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with a human resources background in State of Florida employee benefits and strong computer skills, including knowledge of Excel functions.


Commensurate with experience (Minimum $38,220)
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.


Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:

Office of Legislative Services
Human Resources Office
Re:  Program Specialist
111 W. Madison Street
Room 701, Claude Pepper Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.