Hiring Practices

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General Hiring Practices
Sunrise follows a merit-based employment system, whereby each applicant is considered on the basis of his or her qualifications. Applications are screened by the Human Resources Department to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements for that position as listed on the job posting. The hiring department contacts applicants for interviews.

The hiring department reviews the applications to determine who may be the "best qualified" for the position, and then contacts only those candidates selected for an interview. After the interview process, the hiring department recommends the person they deem most qualified.

The applicant may then be given a conditional offer of employment, and may thereafter be required to have a physical examination, drug screening and criminal background check all provided by the City. A conditional offer of employment is not binding until a candidate has passed all background checks based on City standards for performance of duties. Any applicant who fails a required drug test will not be hired. Police officers and firefighters may be required to undergo additional screenings, including polygraph and psychological examinations.  This organization participates in E-Verify.

After the successful completion of all required screenings/exams, the applicant will be contacted to establish a start date. A probationary period of at least nine months is required for all full-time, non-management employees. Police officers and firefighters must successfully complete a twelve-month probationary period. 

Please utilize the link on the "Apply for a Job" page to be rerouted to Negov to apply for any open positions the City may be offering at this time.

EEO and ADA Compliance
The City of Sunrise community has a population which is richly diverse. The effective provision of governmental services within such a diverse community requires the services of an equally diverse employee population.

The City of Sunrise is, therefore, committed to providing an employee workforce which, in all positions and at all levels, fairly reflects the community it serves. The City encourages all segments of its population to become involved with, and seek employment in, City government.

To achieve this goal, it is the policy of the City of Sunrise, binding on all officials and employees, to offer equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or disability who are qualified for the jobs they are seeking.

The City will take all necessary steps to ensure that all employment practices, including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, layoffs, promotions, training, terminations, hiring, and recruitment, are administered in a manner that provides full and fair opportunity to all persons.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City is required to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability. The requirement applies to the application process, any pre-employment testing, interviews and actual employment (but only if the City knows that an accommodation is needed). If you are disabled and require an accommodation, you may request it at any time by contacting the City of Sunrise Human Resources Department at (954) 838-4522. Because some types of accommodations may require preparation, we suggest that you make any requests as early as possible.

Veterans' Preference
As provided in the Florida Statutes, preference in initial appointment will be given to applicants who are eligible for Veterans' Preference. Eligible applicants must complete the Veterans' Preference section of the application at the time it's submitted, and include a copy of their DD214 (separation papers) indicating character of service. Applicants must also include any additional required documents to support their level of preference eligibility such as their VA Letter of Disability if applicable.

City of Sunrise Resident Preference
Applicants who are residents of the City of Sunrise, and who are deemed to be qualified for an open position may be given preference over an applicant with the same qualifications who does not reside in the City of Sunrise, provided such preference is applied consistent with the applicable requirements of state and federal law. Sunrise residency documentation will be determined based on two forms of ID (one from each of the lists below) at the time of application. 

One current piece of evidence from the following sources in the applicant's name, spouse's name or relative of applicant:
  • Current telephone or electric bill
  • Rent receipt with the name of lessor and contact information/mortgage statement
  • Lease agreement with name of lessor and contact information
  • Mortgage commitment
  • Home Purchase contract including specified closing date, with copy of deed to be provided within 60 (sixty) days of closing date

 AND one of the following:

  • Automobile Insurance
  • Current Florida Driver's License/Florida Identification Card
  • Cellular telephone bill
  • Credit card statement
  • Bank account statement
  • United States Postal Service confirmation of address change request or evidence of correspondence
    delivered through U.S. Postal Service. Declaration of Domicile form from the County Records Department