The State of Florida - Chattahoochee, FL3.6

Requisition No: 71619

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60006708

Salary: $19,902.48-$58,114.32

Posting Closing Date: 08/26/2019



Level 1 – Pay Band 002
Level 2 – Pay Band 003
Level 3 – Pay Band 004

WORKING TITLE: Behavioral Program Specialist



SHIFT: DAY 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

DEPARTMENT: Rehabilitation Services/Bldg. 1260


It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.

Effective July 1, 2007, several changes were made to the laws relating to Veterans’ Preference in employment, as follows:

Preference eligibility no longer expires upon appointment of the eligible person to a position with the State or any political subdivision of the State.

Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they held or are currently holding a job with a public employer are now eligible to use their veterans’ preference again with all employers covered by State law.

Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they did not serve during an eligible wartime period, may now be eligible for veterans’ preference if they served during Operation Enduring Freedom (beginning October 7, 2001 to present) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (beginning March 19, 2003 to present).

Basically this law allows qualified Veterans to claim preference for every job they apply for in the State System. In the past, once you were hired with a State or governmental employer, you could not claim preference for other jobs, such as promotions. Veterans' Preference ensures that qualified Veterans are given consideration in every stage of the hiring process.


This is skilled professional work involved in planning and providing direct resident services through a variety of therapeutic activities in a large mental health facility. Provides instruction utilizing a variety of methods including: classroom instruction, lesson plan development, individual and group behavior modification and modeling of appropriate staff/resident interactions. Connects with residents to develop a close therapeutic relationship.


Conducts assessments, interviews and record reviews. Consults and communicates with recovery team members to identify resident service needs (strengths, needs, abilities and preferences)

Under consultation with other professional staff, will provide direct resident services including, but not limited to competency restoration and Psychiatric Rehabilitation (developing a trusting relationship with residents, assisting residents in choosing desired roles and acquiring skills and supports needed for goal achievement). Utilizes behavior modification techniques to assist residents to achieve their goals and objectives.

Documents progress and resident reactions/perspective of individual progress by completing progress notes according to the mental health facility procedures and policies.

Assists with program evaluations and provides input for program improvement opportunities. Participates in performance improvement initiatives individually and by working with teams and assists in revising/developing programs as directed by supervisor.

Maintains current training required by the facility. Provides learning opportunities and mentorship for trainees including interns, volunteers and community visitors. Provides role modeling and training for other staff as directed by supervisor.


Assisting and Caring for Others

Providing assistance or personal care to others.

Providing Assistance or Personal Care to Others.

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Combining, evaluating, and reasoning with information and data to make decisions and solve problems. These processes involve making decisions about the relative importance of information and choosing the best solution.

Interpreting Meaning of Information to Others

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be understood or used to support responses or feedback to others.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Providing consultation and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-related, or process related topics.

Coaching and Developing Others

Identifying developmental needs of others and coaching or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Communicating With Persons Outside Organization

Communicating with persons outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged face-to-face, in writing, or via telephone/electronic transfer.

Documenting/Recording Information

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording.

Analyzing Data or Information

Identifying underlying principles, reasons, or facts by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, often to detect problems or to find out when things are finished.


Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react the way they do

Judgment and Decision Making

Weighing the relative costs and benefits of a potential action


Talking to others to effectively convey information

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people

Problem Identification

Identifying the nature of problems

Identification of Key Causes

Identifying the things that must be changed to achieve a goal

Solution Appraisal

Observing and evaluating the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons learned or redirect efforts

Active Listening

Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT (850) 663-7258). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

EFFECTIVE: 12/10/2003
History: 07/01/2002

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An associate's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science and two years of experience involving the application of behavior modification principles; or
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing, education, or a social, behavioral or rehabilitative science.
  • Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
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.

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