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GENERAL SERVICES SPECIALIST - 48007037 (Blind Services)

Date:  May 28, 2022

MIAMI, FL, US, 33128

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Requisition No: 566421 

Agency: Department of Education

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

Position Number: 48007037 

Salary:  $35,770.20 Annually (Includes CAD) 

Posting Closing Date: 05/28/2022 





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


Job Description:

This position is located within the Division of Blind Services, Business Enterprise Program. The General Services Specialist (Business Enterprise Program Consultant) serves as the primary point of contact for licensed operators in the BEP 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:

  • Provides coordination services for licensed operators. 
  • Advises and assists blind managers with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures. 
  • Provides training in business development or other areas deemed necessary. 
  • Inspects business sites for compliance with sanitation and health codes. 
  • Writes activity reports and documents client manager’s progress.
  • Writes purchase and repair orders as needed.
  • Recommends new opportunities for food service and/or vending routes throughout Florida.
  • Participates in the activities of the committee of vendors as required.
  • Makes surveys of buildings or properties to determine their suitability as locations for vending facilities to be operated by blind Business Enterprise Managers.
  • Assists with the completion of necessary contractual arrangements for the establishment and operation of vending facilities with appropriate property management companies.
  • Arranges for the design, installation of equipment, supply procurement, and initial stock needed for opening new or remodeled units.
  • Prepares 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.
  • Ensures availability of in-service and training opportunities for facility managers.
  • Documents contacts with BEP managers, public representatives and private vendors utilizing standardized reports.
  • Serves as the contract manager with respect to licensed operator agreements.
  • Participates in on-going staff development opportunities and maintains a current Safe Serve Certification.
  • Implements 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.


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.

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: Miami