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SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR - 67012943

Date: Aug 28, 2019

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Requisition No: 65411 

Agency: Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Working Title: SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR - 67012943

Position Number: 67012943 

Salary:  $1128.63 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 09/27/2019 

SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR

APD TACACHALE FACILITY

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

 

 Serves as the liaison between the staff, guardians and guardian advocates.  As the facility liaison, assures that supporting court documents are filed on behalf of the residents.  Maintains contact with the guardians/guardian advocates and informs them about all significant events including but not limited to injuries and abuse allegations.  Writes annual reports for the Individual Support Plan (ISP) meetings and monthly reports for the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) meetings.  Assesses the residents by direct observation and record reviews to get pertinent information for the reports.  Sends invitations in advance to guardians/guardian advocates for future and final ISP meetings.  Completes annual letters to the guardians/guardian advocates to summarize the support plans with the ISPs sent to them within 30 days after the meetings.  Completes biannual reports to inform the guardians/guardian advocates about the residents’ progress in their programs/services within the past six months.  Encourages the guardians/ guardian advocates to visit the residents as much as possible during the year.  Assists the residents as needed to contact their guardians/guardian advocates by phone calls, cards, and letters. 

Monitors the residents’ finances and ensures the residents maintain Medicaid Eligibility within span of control.  Informs the Residential Services Supervisor and IDT in advance when the residents are near their asset limits.  Generates Client Trust Fund (CTF) Requests as needed.  Approves/disapproves CTFs.  Provides appropriate information that affects Medicaid Eligibility to the Accounting or Medicaid offices as needed.

Visits the residents on their homes, at community healthcare facilities or at center wide activities to maintain or establish relationships. Participates in trips and/or home visits with the residents as needed or required by the facility.  Monitors quality of life issues on the homes as needed.  Advocates for the residents and their rights and provides annual in-service training to staff on resident’s rights. Attends ISP meetings, IDT meetings, psychiatric clinic reviews, Human Rights Advocacy Committee meetings, placement/transition meetings, facility management, Self-Determination meetings and other meetings as required. Coordinates with the RSS to do a joint review of residents’ inventories and completed forms at least once every six months; reports findings to the Operations and Management Consultant II or designee.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

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

Must have the ability to use a computer.

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

Must have the ability to establish and maintain teamwork and effective working relationships with staff and families/guardian advocates.

Must have the ability to prepare various reports.

Must have the ability to track assignments and complete by the deadlines.

Must be knowledgeable of social services. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT(S)

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. 

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelors’ or Masters’ Degree in Social Work. 

WORK SCHEDULE

This position is located at a 24- hour facility.  Working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Days Off: Saturday and Sunday. 

** 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/AFFIRMATIVE ACTIVE 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 (1-877-562-7287).  NOTIFICATIION TO THE HIRING AUTHORITY MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO PROVIDE THE ACCOMMODATION.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE.  ALL EMPLOYEES ARE SUBJECT TO REASONABLE SUSPISION DRUG TESTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 112.0455, F.S., DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE ACT.

WE HIRE ONLY U.S. CITIZENS AND THOSE LAWFULLY AUTHORIZED TO WORK IN THE U.S.  WE PARTICIPATE 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 COMPLETION OF THE EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM (I-9).

ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD COMPLETE THE ON-LINE PROFILE PROCESS.  IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE CALL THE PEOPLE FIRST SERVICE CENTER AT   1-877-562-7287. 

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