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Eligibility Specialist III

Position Information

The Eligibility Specialist III is the advanced journey/lead-level classification and subject matter expert in the Eligibility Specialist series. Incumbents perform the most complex work and specialized assignments requiring an advanced level of technical knowledge in public assistance programs, departmental processes and caseload/workload administration. Incumbents are expected to independently perform specialized and/or complex duties beyond the journey-level classification of the series. In addition, incumbents may perform help desk functions, provide training to a unit of workers determining eligibility for public assistance and/or serve as a lead worker for less experienced employees. Incumbents demonstrate advanced knowledge of eligibility regulations, procedures and eligibility software systems. Other assignments may include performing quality control and/or quality assurance reviews, participating in early fraud prevention programs, representing the County in administrative appeals and fair hearings and/or performing other specialized assignments and related work as required.

The Eligibility Specialist III differs from the Eligibility Supervisor in that the latter directly supervises a unit of Eligibility Specialists. The class of Eligibility Specialist III is distinguished from the Eligibility Specialist II as the latter requires a higher level of supervision and the Eligibility Specialist III is assigned lead specialist duties or special assignments with a greater degree of independent judgment.

Incumbents in the Eligibility Specialist III classification receive supervision from an Eligibility Supervisor or other manager. An Eligibility Specialist III has no responsibility for direct supervision of others, but may provide lead direction to other Eligibility Specialists.

Minimum Qualifications
One (1) year full time experience in an Eligibility Specialist II classification in an Interagency Merit System (IMS) County;
Three (3) years of full time experience determining eligibility for public assistance programs in a public human services agency.

While the above requirements outline the minimum qualifications, applicants may be further evaluated for qualifications beyond those listed. Those applicants that are determined to be most highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Supplemental Information
  • A valid driver’s license may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Positions may require pre-employment screening, including background checks, and fingerprinting.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks. State agencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information.
If supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.
Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact CPS HR Consulting at or 916-471-3507 upon notification that your application has been approved. Documentation from medical, military, school, or church officials outlining the accommodation request must be received by our office a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled examination.
Plumas County, with a population of 23,090, is located near the northeast corner of California where the Sierra and the Cascade mountains meet and includes rugged canyons, 110 crystal clear lakes, grassy meadows, 1,000 miles of streams. The County seat of Quincy, with a population of approximately 5,300 is about 85 miles from Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. Plumas County offers U.S. National Forests covering over 70% of its area and family recreational opportunities including: golfing, swimming, fishing, bicycling, jet-skiing, parasailing, picnicking, bird-watching, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
CPS HR Consulting
2450 Del Paso Road
Suite 220
Sacramento, California, 95834
(916) 471-3507

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Salary Range: $36,684.00 - $44,652.00 Annually/DOE