Date:  Feb 3, 2024


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Requisition No: 813980 

Agency: Children and Families


Position Number: 60005483 

Salary:  TBD 

Posting Closing Date: 04/07/2024 

This advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacant Mental Health Security Specialist positions. 


This position will be located in the Civil Units on Florida State Hospital's Campus. The Mental Health Security Specialist will be responsible for providing safety and security to residents, staff and visitor's for each Unit.


Minimum requirements:


  • At least one year experience, interacting with patients within either a residential or outpatient mental health or acute care facility;
  • or successful completion of a basic recruit training course or its equivalent (military, law enforcement, corrections);
  • or successful completion of college course work with a major course of study in one of the social, behavioral, or rehabilitative sciences can substitute on a year-for-year basis;
  • or one year experience within any security related role providing protection of persons and/or property;
  • or a minimum of 2 years credible service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States?
    Additional Requirements
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • This position requires a level II security background check and participation in direct deposit.  NOTE: You will be required to provide you Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 
    State of Florida Certification as a Correctional Officer is not required for this position however; preference will be given to applicants that are currently a certified correctional officer.
    Major Duties and Responsibilities:
    Maintain a security presence by conducting walk-throughs of all dorms with the Units. Respond to calls for assistance or for emergencies relating to resident disturbances, medical emergencies, fires and other types of situations. Assist with medical runs as needed. Conduct and assist with searches of property for control of contraband.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Deemed Essential to this Position:
  • Ability to perform investigations.
  • Knowledge of basic investigative techniques.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply regulatory materials.
  • Ability to use deductive reasoning.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to conduct fact finding interviews.

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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