Date:  Sep 13, 2023


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Requisition No: 751024 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60074360 

Salary:  $31,200.00-84,836.13 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2023 

Working Title:  Rehabilitation Music Therapist F/C

Agency:  Department of Children and Families

Work Location:  Forensic Central or Forensic Admission Rehab Services

Shift:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm EST and occasional weekends

Open Competitive

This posting will be used to fill position vacancies in OPS, Career Service or both.

Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF salary policy.




This is a skilled professional work involved in planning and providing direct resident services through scheduled therapeutic activities in a large mental health facility. Work involves evaluating programmatic and therapeutic needs, planning appropriate therapeutic services, implementing direct resident services through scheduled session, and ongoing evaluation of services delivered.  The incumbent in this position will spend a minimum of 75% of the time performing duties outlined on the official description in a Forensic facility or institution.



Provides direct resident services including, but not limited to Psychiatric rehabilitation, Treatment and Enrichment services.

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

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

Maintains current training required by the facility as well as the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)/Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT). Increases knowledge of best practices and new techniques for service delivery. Provides learning opportunities, supervision, and mentorship for trainees including music therapy interns, volunteers, and community visitors. Provides role modeling and training for other staff as directed by supervisor

Coordinates frequent program evaluations, evaluates intended outcomes, and identifies improvement processes.  Participates in performance improvement initiatives individually and by working with teams and revises/develops programs.


Additional Information/Requirements

  • This position is designated as an essential position.  Incumbents are expected to work during emergency situations, natural disasters and/or staff shortages that may require working before, during and beyond normal work hours/days for examples nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to possible hazardous conditions in the field.




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.



Knowledge of the principles and practices of Music Therapy.

Knowledge of interviewing techniques.

Ability to work within a forensic inpatient setting.

Ability to interview clients to identify needs.

Ability to plan and conduct music therapy and other rehabilitation therapy programs.

Ability to prepare reports

Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

Ability to write evaluation and progress reports.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Music Therapy from an AMTA-recognized institution.
  • Must be CBMT Board-eligible upon hire, and achieve MT-BC Certification within one year of hire date.


Candidate Profile (application) must be completed in its entirety.

  • Include supervisor names and phone numbers for all periods of employment.
  • Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring process is not delayed.
  • Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • It is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering work history.
  • If you experience problems applying online, please call the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287.   



Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • No state income tax for residents of Florida;
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!


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Growth Opportunities:

With 12,000 employees across the state DCF promotes opportunities and training for all.  Our jobs are among the most challenging, complex, and difficult in State government. They are also among the most rewarding. All employees are encouraged to take advantage of available Department opportunities for advancement and professional development.


About Department of Children and Families:

Mission:  The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.


Vision:  We are a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community stakeholders, we will deliver world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people we serve with the level and quality that we would demand and expect for our own families.


Values:  A workforce that operates with integrity maintains loyalty to a code of ethics that requires the courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable. We are a solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and accountability of results. Both within the organization and among our stakeholders, we thrive in a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication. High performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving quality outcomes for those we serve. 


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  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you will be required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The position will perform all job tasks in accordance with laws, rules, regulations, policies, and requirements applicable to state and federal laws or procedures.
  • We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.
  • Participation in the State of Florida Direct Deposit Program is required as a condition of employment per F.S. 110.113, and enrollment must be completed within the first 30 calendar days of your appointment



SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: 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 also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, 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.



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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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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