Family Services Counselor - 60070712

Florida Department Of Transportation Fort Walton Beach , FL 32549

Posted 2 months ago

Requisition No: 333201

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: FAMILY SERVICES COUNSELOR - 60070712

Position Number: 60070712

Salary: $32,510.40

Posting Closing Date: 04/01/2021

Family Services Counselor:

This requisition will be used to fill two (2) Family Services Counselor positions in Child Care Regulation:

  • Full-time Career Service position, 40 hours per week, located in Fort Walton Beach

  • Full-time OPS position, 40 hours per week, located in Pensacola


This position requires frequent travel and often the use of a personal vehicle while on state business.

Preference will be given to applicants with Child Care Licensing experience.

This is a professional position specializing in counseling, investigative, and administrative activities in Child Care Licensing, responsible for the inspection and licensing of Family Day Care Homes, Large Family Child Care Homes, Child Care Facilities and School Readiness Providers within established time frames.

Conducts inspections for child care homes and facilities to monitor compliance with Child Care Handbooks, Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code and Health and Safety Checklist standards. Maintains tracking system to ensure inspection timeframes are met and the correct number of inspections are completed annually.

Processes initial and renewal applications, including background screening clearances and training as required by statute, determines eligibility and makes recommendations for licensure to supervisor/regional program manager.

Investigates complaints on licensed providers, illegal child care operations and School Readiness providers. Prepares reports and initiates administrative action as required by statute and/or administrative code.

Updates the provider database on a regular basis, archives inspections timely and monitors accuracy of date.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Knowledge of child development and appropriate practices.

  • Knowledge of theories and practice in child protection and family support.

  • Knowledge of professional ethics relating to child care, child protection and counseling. Knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques.

  • Skill in organizing community resources to assist families.

  • Ability to recognize indicators of abuse and neglect.

  • Ability to conduct risk and safety investigations.

  • Ability to complete assessments and develop plans with children and families.

  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

  • Ability to be flexible and work independently.

  • Ability to actively listen to others.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to maintain current and well-organized files, both paper and electronic

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, providers, families, co-workers and community partners.

  • Ability to interact appropriately with families, community resources, service providers and other department professionals.

  • Ability use computer systems to complete inspections, maintain communications, run reports and track data for the job.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements:

Must pass fingerprint and background screening. Must have valid, unrestricted Florida driver's license and daily access to personal vehicle.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Walton Beach

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