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Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: LARGO, FL, US, 33771

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.

Requisition No: 51999 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR III - 64004363 1

Position Number: 64004363 

Salary:  $28,033.00 

Posting Closing Date: 01/24/2019 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health.  If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health your employer of choice.

The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.



The Healthy Start program is a care coordination program for pregnant women and infants up to age 3.  Services are provided in the client’s home or in OB provider offices throughout Pinellas County.  This position is at the Mid County Health Center in Largo, Florida.


This Counselor position reports directly to the Human Services Program Supervisor II for the Mid County Healthy Start team.  The Human Services Counselor III position provides professional Healthy Start Care Coordination services that link pregnant women and infants with the supports and services that complement, supplement, and assure continued participation in prenatal and infant health care.


 Pregnant women complete a Healthy Start screening form at their first prenatal care program and are referred to Healthy Start as needed. Infants are also screened at birth at all local hospitals and are referred as needed.



Responsibilities include



  • Establish a trusting relationship with culturally diverse families by initiating and maintaining regular client contact.
  • Provide Case Management to pregnant women and infants referred to the Healthy Start Program.
  • Provide face to face contact with clients either in the OB provider’s office or in the client’s residence.
  • Provide Parenting Education one on one with clients.
  • Provide Breastfeeding Education and Tobacco Cessation Education to individual clients.
  • Document all client contact information in the web based computer application known as the Well Family System
  • Provide referrals to community resources to supplement Healthy Start services.





  • Experience in Counseling techniques and strategies
  • Experience working with pregnant women and children.
  • Problem solving skills related to advancing client self-sufficiency.
  • Ability to work well with others as a team.
  • Computer skills: competency and experience.
  • Experience in interviewing and assessing to determine the needs of the client.
  • Knowledge of community resources.


Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • Florida Drivers’ License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience working with pregnant women and children.
  • At least two years of experience interviewing and assessing clients.
  • Two years of home visiting experience is highly desirable.


 Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays and 1 personal day
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium
  • Life insurance – State pays 80% of premium
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waivers and Nurse’s Forgiveness Program


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

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade. 

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, visit

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

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 canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.


Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

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: Tampa

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