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Date: Apr 11, 2018

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32609

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Requisition No: 33606 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Working Title: REHABILITATION THERAPIST - 67013512

Position Number: 67013512 

Salary:  $1074.08 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 04/24/2018 





Promotes residents’ skill acquisition by developing, conducting, supervising, and participating in the overall active treatment plan of the residents assigned to the facility through a variety of therapy programs.  These include social and recreational activities, leisure activities, basic academic development activities, human growth and development, motor activities, prevocational and work-related activities, self-care and daily living skills training. Trains, in-services, and monitors staff in the delivery of resident‑directed services and in preparation of related written programs and reports.  Maintains compliance with state, federal and Medicaid regulations and facility protocols and procedures for implementation and oversight of residents’ daily active treatment.


Evaluates through direct observation, direct interactions, assessments and record review to develop recommendations regarding residents’ programmatic needs.  Prepares reports for residents’ Individual Support Plans (ISP) and monthly progress notes related to the residents’ ISP goals and objectives.  Prepares other reports as assigned. Develops tracking systems and complies with facility deadlines.  Participates in the ISP meetings, Interdisciplinary Team meetings, and other meetings as they relate to assigned resident caseload.  Monitors each resident’s progress, evaluates if individual resident programs are effective, and takes necessary action to promote progress and maintenance of skill acquisition.


Coordinates, plans and attends/participates in special activities for residents.  Is flexible with schedule with regard to attending activities outside of regular work schedule, to include days off.   Maintains open communication with home managers to include but not limited to posting activity calendars and activity flyers.  Ensures that the required resources for these events are in place by requesting and managing the necessary funds and providing and/or assisting with transportation of the individuals to and from programs and activities.  Develops monthly special activity calendars and daily activity schedules. 


Purchases, develops, repairs (or submit repair requests), and maintains materials such as leisure/recreational equipment and instructional materials for residents as assigned.


Attends mandatory training and maintains certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Direct Care In-Service.  Completes annual health screening.


Performs other work-related duties as required.




Must have knowledge of Developmental Disabilities or Mental Illness, or the principles and practices of one of the allied health field principles or one of the rehabilitative sciences.


Must have knowledge of computer applications.


Must have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.


Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Must have the ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.


Must have the ability to plan/organize/organize/implement leisure and recreational activities.


Must have the ability to assess and determine training needs and develop training programs in the areas of leisure/recreation and/or self-care and daily living.


Must have the ability to write evaluation and progress reports.




You must have a valid Florida Driver’s License to apply for this position. (If initially hired with an out-of-state license the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida State driver’s license within 30-days of hire. License suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/Employment/Education only license) and some types of restricted license are not acceptable. License that have “Corrective Lenses Restricted,” are acceptable, provided the driver wears the corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.




A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a health field, behavioral or rehabilitative sciences, music therapy/education, physical education or therapeutic recreation. Allied health field, Criminology, Human Science Degree, Health Science.


Substitution: Four years’ experience providing care and treatment for people with developmental disabilities.




This position is located at a 24- hour facility.  Staff members must be agreeable to working a shift schedule; regular, evening, night, or holidays. There may also be times when unplanned double shifts are necessary.


Employees may be required to work additional days/hours based upon the needs of the home and center.  This includes, but is not limited to:  ensuring home coverage, activities and emergency situations.


 ** NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.


Direct Deposit Program – As a condition of employment, a person appointed to a position in State government is required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.


Background Screening requirement – It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that candidates being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, and if applicable Chapter 408, F.S.


Background screening shall include, but not be limited to: Fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal and juvenile records through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal records check through local law enforcement agencies.  Also, employees are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.




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.  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. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville