Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I

Requisition No: 44787 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I

Position Number: 12142018 

Salary:  $23,886.49 

Posting Closing Date: 10/18/2018 


The primary function of an Economic Self Sufficiency Specialist I involves determining the eligibility of applicants and recipients for public assistance programs, including food assistance, Medicaid and temporary cash assistance.  The duties of an ESSI include analyzing a broad range of documentation and entering data into a computer-based eligibility system while adhering to time sensitive agency deadlines.  The majority of the workday is spent gathering data from the client by phone and their on-line application and entering it into the FLORIDA system.  ESSIs are responsible for calculating and authorizing monthly benefit amounts based on financial information and household composition.  This is a very challenging position in a high volume, production based environment and requires a flexible team player with strong multitasking skills.      


Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position and if so, you will be contacted via email to participate in a math/reading comprehension work sample.  You must attain a passing score on this work sample to be interviewed for the position.  If hired for this position, you will attend a Pre-service training and study the policy and regulations that govern our public assistance programs.  During training you will be tested on this material and must have a passing score on each one to continue employment.  The starting salary for this career service position will be $23,886.49 annually.  Upon successful completion of the entire Pre-service Training curriculum, and meeting and successfully completing the related Tier 1 Competencies, the salary will be $25,213.51 annually.  After Successful completion of the (1)-year probationary period, attaining permanent status in the position, and demonstration of the required competencies in the ESS Model, the salary will be $26,540.54.



To qualify for the position an applicant must have an Associate degree or 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of college. Equivalent experience where the major responsibility was conducting interviews, recruiting, determining eligibility, conducting investigations, processing claims, billing or collecting accounts, checking credit, processing insurance policies or claims, or providing customer service in a lead/supervisory position on a full time basis can substitute on a year for year basis for the required education.



  • Apply the policies, procedures, and programs governing the agency.
  • Apply the laws, rules, and regulations governing eligibility and grant determination for multiple public assistance programs and the case administration of these programs.
  • Communicate with others to obtain and verify information concerning eligibility.
  • Detect and evaluate potential fraudulent situations.
  • Analyze and interpret written, numerical, and verbal data from various sources.
  • Be detail oriented and enter data accurately into a computerized system.
  • Navigate through computer screens, and complete and review basic computer documents and other forms.
  • Plan and organize to ensure work is completed in accordance with regulations relating to eligibility and timeliness.
  • Read, understand, apply complicated and detailed regulations, and policy directives.
  • Perform a variety of mathematical computations accurately and rapidly.
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate records and other documentation.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public and staff.
  • Be proficient in the use of the computer including exceptional typing skills.
  • Follow written and oral directions and instructions.



  • Possess excellent customer service skills and enjoy dealing with the public.
  • Follow a set schedule and be flexible to the needs of the agency.
  • Be comfortable working in a large, open office environment.
  • Have the ability to problem solve and make decisions.
  • Demonstrate a high level of independence and initiative.  
  • Display a strong work ethic and positive attitude.
  • Be willing to work as part of a team.  
  • Have the ability to effectively communicate and convey ideas and thoughts.



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, if applicable be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S. 

No candidate 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.  Employees are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.


DCF is a tobacco free environment.






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.  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. 

State of Florida
Full time
TAMPA, FL 33612, US