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NC Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Human Resources


Writing Vacancy Announcements


When you make a good meal or have a new recipe turn out well, you know it! There are lots of "yums" or second helpings or compliments. Sometimes, you may say, "Oh, it was nothing!" when you know how much planning or hard work really went into it.

Good planning should give you good results in writing vacancy postings as well. Below is a good example because the explanation of the position is clear and empasizes the positive aspects of the job. The KSAs are also specific and easily understandable.


Vacancy Number: xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxx
Salary Grade: 71 
Salary Range: $33050 - $54434
Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Division: Public Health 
Type of Appointment: Perm Full-Time
Location: Wake 
Posting Date: 01/20/2004
Closing Date: 01/29/2004
Number of Positions: 1

Description of Work

The Division of Human Resources (Puublic Health Human Resources) has an opening for an experienced professinal job analyst who is seeking employment in a challenging and dynamic environment. The ideal candidate should possess experience in conducting job evaluations as well as managing job studies for a wide variety of occupational groups such as medical, allied health, administrative, scientific and executive categories, customer service, teamwork, ability to plan and organize critical and analytical thinking, technical documentation and building a partnership with management and employees are required competencies to be successful in this role. This exciting work will afford the successful candidate an opportunity to work in a statewide public health program that has made some of the greatest strides and advances in the nation. Will partner with fellow human resources professionals and management to meet the challenges of ensuring positions and pay are competitive with the market and are effective in recruitment and retention of employees. Other opportunities exist in training, conducting compensation studies and proficing technical consultation related to salary determination.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of job evaluation and occupational studies.

Considerable knowledge of FLSA and other related federal laws affecting job evaluation and compensation.

General knowledge of the practices and principles of conducting salary surveys and evaluating qualitative data.

Ability to effectively plan and organize work.

Ability to take complicated information and interpret results orally and in writing.

Ability to develop and present training programs related to the field of work.

Ability to build and maintain positive relations with customers.

Ability to work independently without close direction and instruction.

Training and Experience Requirements

Graduation from a four year college or university and two years of experience in personnel administration in a technical or administrative capacity involving the development of proposed policies and procedures, and the application and interpretation of policies and procedures in at least one of the program areas assigned to the position; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Management Preference: Experience in working with medical, scientific, and allied health jobs is desired as well as certification as a compensation professional by the American Compensation Association (World at Work).

How To Apply

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants fo remployment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. You must undergo drug testing if you are applying for a direct care position, criminal justice certified position or a position requiring a commercial driver's license. DHHS will also conduct a criminal record check if you are applying for a position which supervises or provides direct care. DHHS will conduct STate and Federal criminal record checks on all applicants selected for direct care and non-direct care positions in the DHHS residential school programs.

All applicants must submit a State Application for employment (PD-107) to the contact person at the Human Resources Office indicated on the vacancy announcement. A separate application must be submitted for each individual position for which you are applying and must include the specific position title and position number. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing a state application. Applications must be received in the appropriate Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Postmarked applications will not be accepted.

Job postings and the State application for Employment (PD-107) may be found at public libraries, local Employment Security Commissions, DHHS Human Resources Offices, or at:
Continuous Recruitment: DHHS continuously recruits for some positions for which we have an urgent need and are critical to our Department. Positions posted with no closing date should be considered as continuous recruitment. Therefore, we will continuously accept applications regardless of whether or not there is an actual vacancy. After three months, these applications will be discarded and new applications must be submitted for further consideration. Ready NC Connect NC