Covered agencies are those served by, and which must comply with, the Division of Personnel merit system of Personnel administration. Classified position vacancies in these covered agencies are always filled through Division of Personnel applicant screening and referral procedures. Applicants need only submit one application to the Division of Personnel to be considered for job openings in all of these covered agencies. For example, an individual applying for the job title of Accountant 1 could be referred to several covered agencies for possible interview.
Agencies not covered by the merit system are sometimes also referred to as "exempt agencies." These agencies aren’t required to use DOP services or follow its merit system; however, they do, from time to time, request applicant referral and other services from the Division of Personnel. Individuals interested in jobs in exempt agencies should make inquires directly with each specific agency or office.
Some executive level, policy-making, temporary, and specifically designated positions in covered agencies may be exempt from coverage.
This is only a partial list of non-covered agencies. Many smaller boards, commissions, and offices are not included. Also, local government agencies (Police, Fire, Schools, etc.) are not covered. Some local agencies use “civil service” or merit personnel systems not under the jurisdiction of the Division of Personnel.
Last Updated: May 2019
The Division of Personnel does not process applications for the United States Postal Service or for jobs with the Federal government. For jobs with West Virginia private businesses and organizations, refer to the WorkForce West Virginia website.