Date:  Jun 4, 2024


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Requisition No: 828717 

Agency: Children and Families


 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 60009206 

Salary:  $43,680.00 to $89,077.94 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2024 

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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking and public assistance. The agency’s mission 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.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

Florida State Hospital (FSH) is a mental health treatment facility owned and operated by the State of Florida and is part of the Department of Children and Families. The department’s mission 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.”





This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as Institutional Security Specialist Shift SupervisorThis position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • The applicant selected to fill this position shall be required to submit and pass a pre-employment medical examination including a Drug Screen. This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting, sometimes in excess of 40 pounds. Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management. This position works under the direction of the Emergency Services Director.
  • The incumbent of this position is responsible for supervising employees in Institutional Security Specialist I positions who ensure the safety and security of residents and staff at Florida State Hospital. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all subordinates treat people served in a respectful manner that preserves their dignity. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all subordinates develop and maintain a professional relationship with people served and do not exceed relationship boundaries by developing personal friendships or sharing personal information. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all subordinates perform duties according to their position description and performance expectations. The incumbent is responsible for all security personnel for the assigned shift.
    • The mission and values of Florida Department of Children & Families, Florida State Hospital, Service Area and Security to subordinates.
    • Each performance expectation, operating procedures, guidelines, and any changes that may occur
    • By reviewing subordinates documentation and providing feedback on accuracy.
      • ENSURE:
    • A physically and emotionally safe and secure environment for people served
    • All subordinates receive required education and training.
    • Shift procedures are managed by scheduling employee, assigning work tasks, and orienting staff.
    • Equipment accountability.
    • Performances of each expectation and complete performance evaluations of employees and provide feedback to subordinates.
    • Florida State Hospital grounds daily, documenting and reporting safety hazards, maintenance deficiencies and security issues.
    • Subordinate interactions and interventions with people served, coworkers, and subordinate employees looking for behavior that is respectful, professional, maintains dignity, supports recovery and teamwork, and creates a work environment free of violence and harassment.
    • And provide feedback to subordinates regarding interactions and interventions with people served and interactions with coworkers. 
    • And maintain records applicable to duties and responsibilities identified above for Institutional Security Specialist I's on assigned shift.
  • Perform other related duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of forensic security and safety procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques.
  • Ability to train and supervise others.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate security operations.
  • Ability to deal effectively with individuals.
  • Ability to investigate suspicious or unusual events.
  • Ability to respond calmly in emergency situations and to determine proper course of action.
  • Ability to make accurate observations.
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work and ensure proper completion of work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in providing custody or care of inmates or clients within the forensic area of a state mental health institution.
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, nor have received a dishonorable or undesirable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere or is found guilty of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Pass a medical examination and drug test.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation.
  • Must be certified as a Correctional Officer in Florida.


Preference will be given to applicants who have:

  • Two years’ experience in current employment position.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses

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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected 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).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE 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 required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING 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.

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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