Job Opportunities & Placements

Current Job Opportunities

The Bureau of Educator Certification is currently seeking positions for:

The Bureau of Educator Certification at the Department of Education has two open positions. One is full-time career service, the other an OPS position of up to 40 hours weekly. The Bureau of Educator Certification at the Department of Education prefers someone for the OPS position who will be able to commit 20-plus hours weekly. Both are professional positions requiring a bachelor’s degree, and the successful candidate will have some specialized knowledge. The Bureau issues certification for Florida’s teachers and instructional personnel and requires a Level II background check prior to employment.

Interested graduate students should send a resume to Emily Roach,

Full-time position: Program Specialist I – Educator Certification background unit

A job candidate with license processing experience at another state agency (Versa knowledge a plus) and/or experience with background checks for any criminal or non-criminal justice agency is needed quickly. We are interested in candidates with a criminal justice, education, or public administration bachelor’s and/or work experience. The position requires attention to detail, the ability to work independently and make difficult decisions without significant oversight, and personal integrity. The primary responsibility of the Background Screening unit specialist (Program Specialist I-DOE, Position # 48001569) is to evaluate and manage background screening results for educator certification applications. The employee is also the primary contact with bureau and agency personnel as well as school district certification partners regarding applicant background screening status and investigative referral of applicant cases. Salary base for this position is $2,583 monthly, but that is expected to be higher for a candidate who meets the qualifications we seek.

OPS position: Program Specialist II – Educator Certification evaluations unit

A job candidate with experience evaluating applicants for licensing/certification is needed quickly. Versa knowledge is strongly desired. Education Majors are preferred. Pay is $17-20 hourly, depending on experience.

OPPAGA is currently seeking applications for:

·         Legislative Policy Analysts (salary range $38,220 to $82,608)

·         Senior Legislative Analysts (salary range $52,632 to $105,576)

Positions are available in the following policy areas:  Criminal Justice, Education, Government Operations and Health and Human Services.

Salary is commensurate with experience, and OPPAGA offers excellent employee benefits.  For information on application requirements, click here.

Career Placement

The School provides assistance in such things as searching for placement opportunities, writing resumes, and preparing for job interviews. All students interested in receiving career assistance should make contact with The Career Center. Students should also be aware that impressing school faculty sufficiently to earn strong letters of reference from them is probably more important in finding a job than is the student’s final grade point average! Take care to prove to the faculty that you will be a hard-working, caring, dedicated professional and we will take pleasure in writing strong letters of reference.

A government career day is sponsored each year by the university placement service which is attended by representatives of numerous public agencies. Students should plan to attend this function as well as meetings of the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and other professional associations such as the Florida City & County Management Association, the Florida Personnel Management Association, the Southeastern Evaluation Association, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, and others. The development of a network of professional contacts–through the internship, professional memberships, and conference attendance–is essential.

We also assist students in learning to do computerized searches for job vacancies. We also recommend that students who are nearing graduation become members of the Capital Area Professional Placement Network sponsored by the local office of the Florida Job Service. The network holds regular educational meetings on placement-related topics and gives students access to the nationwide resources of employment services across the nation. Local governments are often negligent in listing vacancies but increasing numbers do. Students who are interested in professional placements both statewide and nationwide should especially become familiar with the employment services’ repository of job vacancies known as America’s Job Bank. Increasing numbers of cities and counties, as well as such organizations as the Florida League of Cities and State Association of Counties, can be accessed via the Florida Communities Network.

Students should always do their homework and be knowledgeable about a prospective employer prior to appearing for a job interview. Initial letters of inquiry can also benefit from doing this “homework.” Nothing impresses employers more than seeing that an applicant has taken the time to learn about them. The Florida Communities Network provides much information about state agencies, cities, counties, and other public and private organizations across the state. Wise use of the Internet can often speed homework for job applications elsewhere beyond Florida’s borders. Few job applicants take the time to really learn about the operations and problems of a prospective employer. Those who do this gain an advantage.

There are a number of competitive post-graduate internships that require early submission of applications (e.g., the applicants’ deadline for applications to the Presidential Management Internship Program is usually in late September or early October). Deadlines for these and other placement opportunities are posted on the job announcements board, or notices about them are posted on the public administration student list serve. Students should begin their placement efforts at least six months prior to graduation.

Job Placement Services and General Assistance

This section includes job search services from a variety of private and nonprofit organizations. Most are placement services, providing job listings across many occupations, usually free online resume posting, among other features.

America’s Job Bank – From the Department of Labor, this site takes you around the country for both public and private jobs.

FSU Career Center – free service to post your resume and get job search advice.