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Date: Dec 7, 2017

Location: OCALA, FL, US, 34482

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Requisition No: 10797 

Agency: Department of Corrections


Position Number: 70044249 

Salary:  $30,988.62 - $54,579.27 

Posting Closing Date: 12/16/2017 



Social Services Counselor – F/C - #70044249


This advertisement is for a Career Service position located Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida reporting to the Bureau of Programs in Central Office.


SALARY RATE: $30,988.62 - $54,579.27


Under the direction of Secretary, Julie Jones, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the 3rd largest state prison system in the country with a budget of 2.4 billion, approximately 99,000 inmates incarcerated and another 140,000 offenders on active community supervision. The DC has 142 facilities and more than 24,000 staff members statewide, making it the State’s largest agency.



  • The position reports directly to the Counseling and Social Services Supervisor I and may also take indirect supervision from the Warden or Assistant Warden of Programs. This position is responsible for assisting in the implementation, direction, coordination and administering the delivery of an inmate substance abuse treatment. This position will assist in the daily program operations of all substance abuse treatment and prevention programming, attend staff meeting, institutional meetings, and in-service training.
  • Assists in the development of curricula for the program and deliver the approved curricula. Participates in clinical staffing and multi-disciplinary staffing.     
  • Interprets and applies all department standards, policies, procedures and other requirements pertaining to substance abuse and other readiness programs.
  • Provides liaison with institutional classification team, collaborate with institutional education department and other community providers/agencies for inmates reentry.
  • Assists in collecting and analyzing data to assess the effectiveness of Substance Abuse screening and referral process.


  • Knowledge of 65D-30, Florida Administrative Code. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Knowledge of corrections principles and practice. Ability to prioritize workload.
  • Knowledge of evidence based practices pertaining to facilitation of individual and group counseling and intervention services for treating substance use disorders. 
  • Knowledge and experience with Chapter 65D-30, F.A.C. in order to provide substance abuse treatment services, including timeframes for completion of various documents.  Knowledge and experience in the provision of substance use evaluations and substance abuse treatment.
  • Knowledge and experience in the interpretation of the DSM-V criteria for the diagnosis of substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge and experience in maintaining clinical files for substance abuse (Chapter 65-D30, F.A.C.), including case management.



  • A bachelor’s degree in counseling, sociology, psychology, or other behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university;
  • Must possess at least two (2) years of professional experience providing services to clients with substance abuse or mental health disorders;
  • Must possess at least one (1) year of experience in re-entry programs that assist in the successful transition of inmates or offenders as law-abiding citizens as documented on their application.


Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date.

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: Ocala

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