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Date: Sep 12, 2019

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Requisition No: 76522 

Agency: Department of Corrections


Position Number: 70003844 

Salary:  $30,988.62 - $37,037.00 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 09/22/2019 


***Re-advertisement; previous applicants must apply to be considered***

Social Services Counselor – F/C - #70003844

This advertisement is for a Career Service position located at New River Correctional Institution in Raiford, Florida reporting to the Bureau of Readiness and Community Transition in Central Office.

Salary Range: $30,988.62 - $37,037.00



The incumbent in this position is considered to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Chapter 60L-36, Florida Administrative Code. This is a professional position responsible for providing Prevention, Level I, services in accordance with 65D-30.013 and 65D-30.004, F.A.C., to inmates in restrictive housing and those transitioning from restrictive housing.  Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Skillfully facilitating with fidelity cognitive behavioral programming and psychosocial education targeting criminogenic needs of inmates in restrictive housing or formerly in restrictive housing.
  • Providing behavioral health services in congregate settings and/or cell-front to increase prosocial capacity and prevent substance use disorders and other antisocial behavior in order to assist inmates to move more productively through restrictive housing, and/or assist them in readjusting to the general prison population.
  • Facilitating group and/or one-on-one sessions, where approved and prudent.
  • Actively participating in Multi-Disciplinary Staffing Teams (MDSTs) to assist in developing holistic behavioral goals individualized to each program participant, providing meaningful input regarding gains and areas needing improvement (i.e., conduct/behavior, level and nature of engagement, completion of assignments, group participation, interaction, etc.), recommending goal modifications, observing the inmate during the MDST process, and providing assistance to engage the inmate in the MDST process.
  • Where appropriate, participating in mental health multi-disciplinary services teams to assist with continuity of services, including gaining insight into specific needs to better formulate overall individualized behavioral goals for program inmates.
  • Maintaining contact with program inmates in disciplinary confinement, as appropriate, to retain program engagement and self-awareness.
  • Working closely and cooperatively with all relevant institutional disciplines, including Academic Education, Mental Health, and Classification, to provide targeted behavioral health services with continuity.
  • Assisting with program orientation, as appropriate.
  • Participating in staff program planning meetings, as appropriate.
  • Conducting approved assessments, as requested.
  • Providing reports as requested.
  • Assisting with the maintenance of program files.
  • Participating in FDC professional development opportunities.


  • Knowledge of counseling techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, facilitation, education, or counseling.
  • Knowledge of 65D-30, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Demonstration of knowledge, skills, and abilities as demonstrated by education and work experience.
  • Knowledge of counseling techniques and evidence-based facilitation practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to motivate.
  • Ability to roll with participant resistance.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to facilitate cognitive behavioral and psychoeducational programming.
  • Ability to effectively manage a class and/or group to accomplish the intended purpose.
  • Ability to assess levels of comprehension and integration of program concepts.
  • Ability to provide case management for program participants.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the effectiveness of learning strategies and behavior plans.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review information to develop and evaluate solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any of the social sciences fields; and
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in the social services field.

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. 

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