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CHIEF, BRAILLE & TALKING BOOK LIBRARY - 48007043 (Blind Services)

Date:  Dec 3, 2022


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Requisition No: 547041 

Agency: Department of Education

Working Title: CHIEF, BRAILLE & TALKING BOOK LIBRARY - 48007043 (Blind Services)

Position Number: 48007043 

Salary:  $60,000.00 - $75,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2022 








Job Description:

The Bureau Chief of the Braille & Talking Book Library reports directly to the Deputy Director of the Division of Blind Services and alerts and advises the Director and Deputy Director on any relevant issues affecting the Division's operations.  The incumbent is expected to be a judicious and pragmatic steward of the State of Florida budget while providing the required services to its clients.  This position oversees the administration of the Braille & Talking Book Library as well as the Library's budget to ensure the accountability of operational and supervisory staff.  This position is responsible for participating in the development, implementation, monitoring, and management of the Division of Blind Services budget.  The incumbent is responsible for the overall operation, collection and services of the Braille and Talking Book Library which provides a statewide system for the circulation of general and specialized reading materials in Braille, and audio formats which are provided to Florida residents who are unable to use standard printed books due to vision loss, blindness, reading disability, or a physical disability that prevents them from gaining access to regular printed materials. 


Job Duties:

  • The incumbent will demonstrate accountability and support towards the goals of agency leadership and communicate the same to other employees.  This includes support to leadership on all program-related actions and activities, and as otherwise directed. 
  • The incumbent will model, demonstrate, and guide other employees in the use of the principals of flexibility, adaptability, and approachability - while adhering to applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures. 
  • As a supervisor, the incumbent must communicate with, motivate, provide, or coordinate training, and direct the work of his/her subordinates.  
  • The incumbent must complete timely performance appraisals, develop timely and accurate work plans, and timely approve monthly attendance and leave for each position under his/her direct report.  
  • The incumbent must ensure that timesheets are approved either weekly or monthly and if monthly, by the 5th business day of the following month. 
  • The incumbent has the authority to make hiring recommendations as well as recommend disciplinary actions. 
  • The incumbent will reinforce the expectation of internal and external cooperation and teamwork to subordinates. 
  • The incumbent will utilize effective coaching and counseling strategies in accordance with the FDOE Code of Personal Responsibility to ensure acceptable job performance of subordinates.  
  • The incumbent will keep the Director, Deputy Director, and the Personnel Administrator advised of personnel issues that may require corrective action. 
  • The incumbent will meet at least quarterly with each subordinate to discuss job performance to ensure each employee is fully aware of their level of performance as it relates to established performance standards. 
  • The incumbent is responsible for ensuring staff are organized and trained in a manner which sustains achievement of program objectives.  
  • The incumbent will ensure that fair and accurate statistics are reported regarding program accomplishments. 
  • The incumbent will grow the program by achieving year to year sustained increases in active patrons. 
  • The incumbent will support and work to achieve the established goals, objectives, and priorities of the Division. 
  • The incumbent will design, plan, and develop policies and procedures for evaluation and accountability regarding Library programs. 
  • The incumbent will direct the compilation and anaylsis of data for planning purposes and coordinate long-range planning. 
  • The incumbent will work in collaboration and will ensure compliance with policies and standards of the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress and other applicable rules, regulations and policies.  
  • The incumbent will communicate and promote public awareness of the Library with appropriate agencies, the media, and volunteers.  
  • The incumbent will represent the Library at conferences and programs that advocate for the Library. 
  • The incumbent will represent the Library at National Level meetings related to the operation of NLS Regional Libraries and the management of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS). 
  • The incumbent will direct and coordinate budget preparation with supporting documents based on input from staff and customers as well as administer Federal grants. 
  • The incumbent will manage all contracts specific to the Library, which include, but are not limited to the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) contract, and the contracts with the Department of Management Services (DMS) for construction and construction-related activities.  
  • The incumbent will manage purchasing and payments including those for utilities, routine operational items, and NewsLine services with the Florida Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). 
  • The incumbent will work to maintain active volunteer programs for the Library and will assist with the subregional libraries in the effective utilization of volunteer services.  
  • Travel is required. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree in Library Science from a program that is accredited by the American Library Association and a minimum of 5 years' of progressively responsible work in a Public Library.  


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the needs and special requirements of readers with disabilities. 
  • Must be proficient in using a personal computer and have a general working knowledge of the Microsoft Suite to include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access. 
  • Must be proficient in reading comprehension, writing, active listening, the English language, communications, critical thinking, information gathering and organization, mentoring, troubleshooting, mathematics, operations analysis, planning, customer service, accessibility issues, problem identification, idea generation, decision making, conceptual thinking, understanding accessibility issues and assistive/adaptive technology. 
  • Must have an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Must have prior experience with budget management and oversight. 
  • Must have prior experience in management or prior experience working in a supervisory position. 


To Be Considered for a Position with the Division of Blind Services:

  • All fields in the candidate profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.  Putting "see resume" does not substitute for completing all sections of the candidate profile. 
  • Responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable in the candidate profile (work history).  Not all applicants will be interviewed.  Preference will be given for qualifying veterans, employees in layoff status, and qualified candidates based on a review of their overall scores, KSAs, primary and supplemental applications, as well as completion of any required work samples, willingness questionnaires, and behavioral/personality/skills tests, as well as interview responses, as applicable.  References and file reviews from previous employment will be verified to determine suitability.  
  • Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.
  • Individuals lacking the ability to competently do the job and those who are unable to positively contribute to a productive team environment, need not apply. 
  • The successful candidate must be able to pass a Level II Background Screening. 
  • All previous periods of employment must be listed and accounted for. 


The Florida Division of Blind Services is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of Veterans and individuals with disabilities and

improving employment outcomes. 

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.

Nearest Major Market: Daytona Beach