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Date: Apr 29, 2021

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32609

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Requisition No: 323582 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities


Position Number: 67013559 

Salary:  $961.54 bi weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/02/2021 






Daily and consistently implements approved and scheduled active treatment and skill acquisition programs for residents including, but not limited to areas of self-care, daily living, socialization, recreation, leisure, speech, community awareness, and vocational/prevocational skills. Utilizing approved protocols and training modules to ensure residents’ safety and privacy.  Provides supervision and training at worksites, working with vocational staff to maximize training and attending to residents’ self-care needs as appropriate.  Adheres closely to the residents’ daily activity schedule.  Reports progress or lack thereof of the residents’ goals and objectives to supervisor and suggests improvements as appropriate.


Follows approved individualized behavior support plans utilizing approved strategies.  Follows occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy programs as prescribed.


Implements appropriate recreation and leisure activities for residents at home, as well as away from home through center wide activities, community outings and attending alternative leisure activity sites.


Accurately documents resident information including, but not limited to:  behavioral issues, toileting, food/fluid intake, and active treatment following each activity as required. Provides valuable input concerning the observation of the resident and makes suggestions for improvements in the activities under discussion.  Participates in meetings and discussions concerning residents’ needs, goals and objectives.


Transports and/or escorts residents to and from on-campus activities, community trips and appointments, including emergency visits to the hospital, to ensure their safety and well-being.  Provides care for residents during overnight stays in hospital (until admitted), as directed, in accordance with the established treatment program.


Performs mealtime procedures strictly following each resident’s prescribed diet and assuring appropriate use of prescribed adaptive equipment by assisting the residents as needed.  Assures that residents do not eat too fast, food is cut to appropriate size and residents are properly positioned at all times.  Ensures that foods are maintained at appropriate temperatures, dates and labels are checked, and that food is properly stored and maintained to avoid spoilage. Reviews meal program information to ensure proper implementation of mealtime procedures.


Checks residents’ clothing and personal possessions daily, reporting any needs, concerns, and/or repairs to supervisor in a timely manner.  Ensures daily that the residents’ personal appearance is neat, clean and their clothes are well-fitted.  Completes residents’ Personal Possession Inventory accurately and on a monthly basis as assigned.


Attends to residents’ injuries and illnesses by utilizing appropriate first aid procedures and notifying the nurse/or supervisor as the situation warrants. Accurately completes Incident Reports, and documents illnesses and injuries in the Shift Communication Book within one (1) hour of occurrence.  Maintains compliance with policies and procedures related to reporting resident injuries.


Provides and receives communication with staff on adjoining shifts regarding significant job-related information on a daily basis and documents such in the Shift Communication Book.  Remains on duty at the end of the shift until proper staffing is assured for the oncoming shift, until released by supervisory or management staff. Stays to work the next shift to ensure adequate staffing to meet the needs of the residents, as directed by supervisory or management staff.


Attends in-service training and other staff meetings as necessary.  Attends mandatory training and/or maintains certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Direct Care In-Service.  Completes annual health screening. 


Performs other related duties as required.




Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

Knowledge of the methods of instructing and providing care to others.

Ability to understand and apply the methods and practices used in medical, psychiatric, nursing or childcare or in working with developmentally disabled persons.

Ability to read.

Ability to pay attention to details.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Ability to carry out instructions for implementing prescribed treatment plans including behavior modification activities.

Ability to instruct others in basic self-care skills.

Ability to instruct others in recreational activities.

Ability to provide instruction and personal guidance and care to residents.

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.




A valid Florida Driver’s License. (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.)




One year or more experience working directly with intellectually disabled adults.




Tacachale is a 24/7, 365 day a year facility. Available shifts are: 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.  to 10:30 p.m., and 10:15 p.m. to 6:15 a.m.


The successful candidate must be able to have days off other than Saturday and Sunday.


Employees of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities are required to demonstrate total commitment to outstanding customer service.  This includes, but not limited to, acting in a responsive, professional, courteous manner with the employees, customers and public we serve at all times.


This position may be required to perform essential services before, during and after an emergency per APD OP 2-0035. 

This position is critical to the safety and supervision of residents and may require the incumbent to work beyond their normal work schedule to maintain minimum coverage levels in the facility.


** 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