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GENERAL SERVICES SPECIALIST - 48007037 (Blind Services)

Date: Jan 6, 2021

Location: MIAMI, FL, US, 33128

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Requisition No: 289381 

Agency: Department of Education

Working Title: GENERAL SERVICES SPECIALIST - 48007037 (Blind Services)

Position Number: 48007037 

Salary:  $35,770.24 

Posting Closing Date: 01/20/2021 

LOCATION: Miami   





*Preference shall be given to applicants with the ability to speak and write both Spanish and English*

Job Description

The General Services Specialist (Business Enterprise Consultant) serves as the primary point of contact for licensed operators in the BBE program.  The consultant provides communication, training, support and new site development as directed. The consultant advises and assists blind clients in managing food service facilities with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures; provides training, as needed, on menu planning, food preparation, equipment care and business development; ensures that businesses are operating according to Licensed Operator Facility Agreements, State and Federal regulations; helps negotiate with building managers and cafeteria site owners; procures equipment, materials and supplies; and assists with installing, replacing or repairing equipment and vending machines.


Examples of Work

  • Provide coordination services for licensed operators. Advise and assist blind managers with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures. Provide training in business development or other areas deemed necessary. Inspect business sites for compliance with sanitation and health codes. Write activity reports and document client manager’s progress. Write purchase and repair orders as needed.
  • Recommend new opportunities for food service and/or vending routes throughout Florida.
  • Participate in the activities of the committee of vendors as required.
  • Make surveys of buildings or properties to determine their suitability as locations for vending facilities to be operated by blind Business Enterprise Managers.
  • Assist with the completion of necessary contractual arrangements for the establishment and operation of vending facilities with appropriate property management companies.
  • Arrange for the design, installation of equipment, supply procurement, and initial stock needed for opening new or remodeled units.
  • Prepare reports as required on the status of various Business Enterprises Program activities including reports related to the operation of facilities by licensed operator’s and unassigned facilities.
  • Ensure availability of in-service and training opportunities for facility managers.
  • Document contacts with BEP managers, public representatives and private vendors utilizing standardized reports.
  • Serve as the contract manager with respect to licensed operator agreements.
  • Participate in on-going staff development opportunities and maintain current Safe Serve Certification.
  • Implement effective facility visitations to ensure optimal operation of each facility. At minimum, visitations must include a review of financial, compliance, health and safety and sanitation matters.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with four courses in business and four years of experience in business administration, purchasing, procurement, supply inventory, property management, food service operations, and/or real property management.
  • Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of purchasing, supply inventory, property management, food service and/or real property management.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to formulate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to analyze and identify operational and/or management problems. 
  • Ability to develop various reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


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.

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: Miami