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OPS EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT SPECIALIST - 48006190 (BLIND SERVICES)

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: LAKELAND, FL, US, 33801

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Requisition No: 512467 

Agency: Department of Education

Working Title: OPS EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT SPECIALIST - 48006190 (BLIND SERVICES)

Position Number: 48006190 

Salary:  $15.72 Per Hour 

Posting Closing Date: 12/02/2021 

DIVISION OF BLIND SERVICES

LOCATION:  Lakeland (Polk County)

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A LEVEL 2 BACKGROUND SCREENING IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.

CANDIDATES ARE TYPICALLY HIRED AT THE MINIMUM SALARY.

ALL EMPLOYMENT GAPS MUST BE EXPLAINED AND INCLUDED WITH WORK HISTORY WHEN APPLYING.

**Applicant's may be required to provide proof of a clear driving history prior to employment in this position**

 

Job Description:

The incumbent in this position will serve as an OPS Employment Placement Specialist, within the Division of Blind Services, District 7 Office, located in Lakeland, Florida. The incumbent will be responsible for providing direct job development and placement services for blind and visually impaired consumers of the Division of Blind Services. The incumbent will develop and provide job opportunities for eligible individuals through marketing and job development techniques. The incumbent will make contacts and meet with employers for the purpose of identifying prospective job opportunities. They will provide job coaching and other support services to obtain competitive employment.

 

Examples of Work:

  • Conduct client intake.
  • Assess client resources.
  • Perform job placement and job development activities for clients.
  • Perform follow-up and maintain client contact through telephone calls and home visits.
  • Interview, counsel, and evaluate clients to determine individual therapeutic activity needs.
  • Consult with other professionals and team members concerning recommended programs.
  • Prepare reports on client progress and their reactions to various activities.
  • Evaluate rehabilitation therapy programs and make recommendations for adjustment and revisions.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with a diverse group of blind and visually impaired clients to determine their eligibility for rehabilitation services and the feasibility for achieving a vocational independent living or educational goal.
  • Determine existing problems and evaluate individual needs for achieving independence in daily living, in acquiring communication skills, and/or obtaining suitable employment.
  • Develop community contacts for employment opportunities, similar benefits, and socialization.
  • Assist in the establishment of policies, standards, rules, regulations, and guidelines for program planning.
  • Operate the state vehicle and follow all guidelines in relation to the use of the state vehicle.
  • Complete vehicle mileage logs daily; ensure accuracy and timely submission. 
     

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and three years of professional experience in health, social, economic or rehabilitative programs, health care or hospital administration or planning.
  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Professional or nonprofessional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid Florida Driver's License and a clear driving record.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of social, economic, rehabilitative or health care services, administration or planning techniques.
  • Knowledge of methods of compiling, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Ability to develop program manuals, policies, procedures, standards, and rules.
  • Ability to analyze the effectiveness of service programs and identify resources or adjustments needed to meet needs.
  • Ability to conduct research studies.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

 

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  

Other Personal Services (OPS) temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position.  OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee.  OPS employees who work a minimum of 30 hours per week consistently are eligible for state health care benefits.

 

To be considered for a position with the Division of Blind Services:

  • All fields in the candidate profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position. Putting "see resume" does not substitute for completing all sections of the candidate profile.
  • Responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable in the candidate profile. Not all applicants will be interviewed. Preference will be given for qualifying veterans, employees in layoff status and qualified candidates based on a review of their overall scores, KSAs, primary and supplemental applications, as well as completion of any required work samples, willingness questionnaires, and behavioral/personality/skills tests, and interview responses, as applicable. References and file reviews from previous employment will be verified to determine suitability.
  • Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.
  • Individuals lacking the ability to competently do the job and those who are unable to positively contribute to a productive team environment, need not apply.
  • The successful candidate must be able to pass a Level II Background screening.
  • All previous periods of employment must be listed and accounted for.
     

The Florida Division of Blind Services is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of Veterans and individuals with disabilities

and improving employment outcomes.

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.


Nearest Major Market: Lakeland