Date:  Jun 11, 2024


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Requisition No: 820790 

Agency: Children and Families


 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 60074360 

Salary:  $32,760.00-$89,077.94 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2024 

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Working Title:  Rehabilitation Music Therapist

Work Location: Civil and Forensic Units

Agency:  Department of Children and Families

Looking to fill multiple positions, M-F, and may include weekend or evening hours

Announcement Type:  Open Competitive

This posting will be used to fill position vacancies in Career Service.

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


This position is specific for a Music Therapist who is board-certified or board eligible.


The applicant selected to fill this position shall be required to submit to a pre-employment medical examination. This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting. Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management.


The Music Therapist uses therapeutic programs based on the identified patient needs, capabilities, and interests. As well as provides music therapy interventions to support the developmental, rehabilitative, psychological, socioemotional, and psychoeducational needs of FSH patients from various demographic and multicultural backgrounds.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Designs, implements, and evaluates music therapy interventions to address the biopsychosocial needs of patients as appropriate, under the Scope of Practice of the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
  • Provides direct patient services including, but not limited to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (developing a trusting relationship with residents, assisting patients in choosing desired roles and acquiring skills and supports needed for goal achievement), Treatment (Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Competency Restoration), and Enrichment (services aimed at increasing knowledge, skills, and abilities for improving overall quality of life and promoting successful community integration).
  • Assists Music Therapy Department as needed to develop and evaluate music therapy programs and initiatives.
  • Provides support and supervision to Music Therapy Interns through our AMTA National Roster Internship Program.
  • Documents progress and patient reactions/perspective of individual progress by completing progress notes according to the mental health facility procedures and policies.
  • Conducts interviews and assessments, performs record reviews and consults with recovery team members to identify patient service needs (strengths, needs, abilities and preferences).
  • 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 as directed by supervisor.
  • Maintains current training required by the facility and increases knowledge of best practices and new techniques for service delivery. 
  • Provides learning opportunities, supervision, and mentorship for trainees including interns, volunteers, and community visitors. Provides role modeling and training for other staff as directed by supervisor.
  • Attends hospital, community, state and national professional meetings, lectures, staff conferences continuing education seminars and conventions.
  • Provides support for hospital-wide activities and initiatives as directed by supervisor. Escorts patients to activities as directed by supervisor and maintains a safe environment.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Proficiency in instruments such as, voice, guitar, piano, and percussion.
  • Proficiency in sight-reading simple accompaniment and chord charts.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic methods and Music Therapy principles and practices
  • Knowledge of music therapy assessment testing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of methods of compiling, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to develop policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data from peer reviewed research.
  • Contribute to the education of others regarding the use and benefits of music therapy.
  • Ability to formulate and implement goals and objectives.
  • Further optimize the goals of the individualized music therapy treatment plan.
  • Understanding of various mental health diagnoses and terminology.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in research, theory, and techniques concerning addictive disorders and related areas.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.
  • Adhere to AMTA standards of clinical practice.




  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Music Therapy


  • 1,200 clinical hours of music therapy field work which includes an internship in medical setting


  • MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

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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