Date:  May 26, 2024


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Requisition No: 826114 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities


 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 67013658 

Salary:  $1,260.00 TO $1,638.40 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/28/2024 

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POSITION: Residential Unit Specialist - Career Service

POSITION’S LOCATION: Tacachale – Gainesville, FL

POSITION NUMBER:  This advertisement is for multiple vacancies.


This posting may close prior to closing date.


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: 

  • Health insurance (over 90% employer paid)
  • $25,000 life insurance policy (100% employer paid)
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurances available at state rates
  • State of Florida retirement package         
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • 10 paid holidays a year
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Tuition waiver for state college/university courses
  • Training opportunities
  • For additional benefit information available to State of Florida employees, go to


The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) works in partnership with local communities to support people with developmental disabilities in living, learning, and working in their communities. APD provides critical services and support for customers with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. The Agency serves people with spina bifida, autism, Down syndrome, children ages 3-5 at high risk of developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, and intellectual disabilities. There is no charge or co-payment for services provided through the Agency.

Join APD’s TACACHALE and be part of the team that MAKES A DIFFERENCE – NOT JUST A LIVING, impacting the lives of developmentally disabled adults!



$32,760.00 - $36,036.00 Annually      $1,260.00 - $1,638.40 Biweekly



Implements approved and scheduled active treatment, and skill acquisition programs for residents.

Provides resident supervision and training at worksites. Reports progress of the residents’ goals and objectives to supervisor and suggests improvements as appropriate.

Carries out appropriate recreation and leisure activities for residents at home, through center wide activities, community outings.

Accurately documents resident information following each activity as required. Participates in meetings and discussions concerning residents’ needs, goals, objectives and offers suggestions as needed.

Transport and/or escorts residents to and from on-campus activities, community outings, appointments, and emergency visits to the hospital. Provides care for residents during hospital visits until they are admitted.

Performs mealtime procedures strictly following each resident’s prescribed diet and assuring appropriate use of prescribed adaptive equipment by assisting the residents.

Ensures the residents’ personal appearance is neat and clean with clothes that are well-fitted.  Accurately completes residents’ Personal Possession Inventory reporting any needs, concerns, and/or repairs to supervisor accordingly.

Utilizes appropriate first aid procedures and notifies appropriate management. Accurately completes Incident Reports, and documents illnesses and injuries in the Shift Communication Book within one (1) hour of occurrence.

Completes Shift Communication Book as assigned.

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 work-related training and staff meetings as scheduled.  Maintains certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Direct Care In-Service.  Completes annual health screening. 

Performs other related duties as required.


  • A valid Florida Driver’s License.
    • If hired with an out-of-state license a valid Florida State driver’s license must be obtained within 30 days.
    • Corrective Lenses Restricted license are acceptable provided the driver wears the corrective lenses while operating a state vehicle.
  • Must be willing to perform essential services before, during, and after an emergency.
  • Must be willing to work beyond the normal work schedule to maintain minimum coverage levels and meet the needs of the Agency.
  • Must maintain certification in Prevention and Safety Strategies, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Direct Care In-Service. 
  • Must complete annual health screening. 
  • Must be willing and able to provide “hands-on” assistance to residents with activities of daily living to include: personal hygiene and grooming, such as bathing, toileting, and dressing.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40lbs with or without accommodations. 



Knowledge of:

  • the methods of instructing and providing care to others

Ability to:

  • lift up to 40 pounds.
  • understand and apply the methods and practices used in medical, psychiatric, nursing or childcare or in working with developmentally disabled persons.  
  •  read.
  • pay attention to details.
  • follow verbal and written instructions.
  • carry out instructions for implementing prescribed treatment plans including behavior modification activities.
  • instruct others in basic self-care skills.
  • instruct others in recreational activities.
  • provide instruction and personal guidance and care to residents.
  • communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.




Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile, including their work history with the month and year.

Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile, and “see resume” will not be considered an acceptable response.

Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information, but these will not replace the required completed Candidate Profile.

All applicants should complete the online application process.  If assistance is needed to apply for this position, please call the people first service center at 1-877-562-7287.

Responses to the qualifying questions are required to be considered for this position. Answers to the qualifying questions must be verifiable based on your submitted application.



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.


As a condition of employment, a person appointed to a position in the State Personnel System is required to participate in the Direct Deposit Program.  Rather than receiving a paper paycheck, your funds will be deposited directly into your account at your financial institution. This will be accomplished by Electronic Funds Transfer. Banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions are eligible to accept such deposits. Retirement funds are also required to be in the Direct Deposit Program.


It is the policy of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities that applicants for employment undergo Level 2 employment screening in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment or being permitted to serve as a volunteer.

No applicant for a designated position will be employed or permitted to volunteer until the Level 2 screening results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Agency.

Level 2 background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.

Pursuant to S. 110.1127(1), Florida Statutes, this position requires a background investigation, including fingerprinting.

APD only hires U.S. citizens, and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. APD participates in the U.S. government’s employment eligibility verification program (E-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the U.S. after completing the employment eligibility verification form (I-9).



You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.



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. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville