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Date: May 20, 2020

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Requisition No: 171661 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind

Working Title: PRESIDENT FSDB - 48008001

Position Number: 48008001 

Salary:  $85,506.31 - $140,788.77 

Posting Closing Date: 06/25/2020 


The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) seeks a President who is the Chief Administrative Officer serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees, and is responsible for the organization, operation and management of the School and its programs.

                                                                                                           Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with Education, Credentials, and Experience
Range: $85,506.31 - $140,788.77
On-Campus Housing/Automobile for Official Business

Florida Retirement System, Health Insurance ($50/month for individual coverage, $180.00/month for family coverage), $25,000 Life Insurance policy (paid for by the state).  Supplemental policies are offered to employees (dental, vision, additional life insurance, accident, hospitalization, etc).

8.15 hours of annual leave and 2 hours of sick leave every 80-hour pay period

    Nine (9) paid holiday’s and one personal day per year

Moving Expenses to On-Campus Housing (Payment or reimbursement of moving expenses will be reported on form W-2 and will be subject to employment taxes). 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s Degree, or higher, from an Accredited College or University.  Knowledge of, and involvement with, Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired issues.  Eight (8) years of experience in an educational setting.  Five (5) years supervisory experience.  Proven Leadership Skills with experience in educational administration.  Proven communication and interpersonal skills that will allow him/her to relate to staff, students and legislators.  Proven experience with Budget Formulations and other Fiscal Matters.  

PREFERRED:  Current Certification in Hearing Impaired/Deaf Education or Visually Impaired/Blind Education or eligible for certification within a reasonable amount of time as specified by the Board.  

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  Prior to interview, selected applicants will be required to complete a detailed background investigation not limited to: credit check, level 2 background as required by Section 435.04, Florida Statutes, and inquiries to previous employers.  Please be further advised and forewarned that Florida has a very expansive Public Records Act (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes).  Consequently, FSDB cannot guarantee that information divulged to it, or obtained by it, in the course of performing the abovementioned background checks, will be exempt from Florida's Public Records Act.  Quite the contrary, unless the information disclosed to, or obtained by, FSDB falls within a discrete and narrow exception to Florida's Public Records Act, such information will be available to anyone who requests it.

The President is required to physically reside on FSDB’s campus, even after normal business hours, in order to respond to any urgent needs or emergency circumstances, 24 hours a day, at the earliest possible opportunity.  The requirement that the President of FSDB must physically reside on FSDB’s campus is expressly for the convenience of FSDB, as well as the safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty, staff and stakeholders. The President will continuously reside at the President’s Residence, located on FSDB’s campus, during the term of employment.  In addition to performing work from the business office located in Walker Hall, it is understood and agreed that the President, will routinely perform work from the President’s Residence, either after business hours and/or on weekends.

The President will be required to use certain parts of the President’s Residence, and/or its surrounding grounds, on multiple occasions throughout the calendar year for School-related business meetings, conferences, and the entertainment of officials, donors, stakeholders, alumni, and other groups or individuals, as well as for planned School-related events, functions, galas or parties. 

WORK LOCATION: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, 207 North San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida

WORK HOURS:  Schedule is at least 40 hours weekly.  President is expected to be on call at all times.

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: The incumbent in this position serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and educational leader of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, under the direction of the Board of Trustees. This position does have Financial Disclosure responsibility in accordance with 112.3145, F.S.  Responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to achieve the school’s mission of providing quality educational programs, boarding programs, and services for students of the deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, and multi-handicapped students of FSDB. Works with the executive and legislative branches of government of the State of Florida to identify needs and provide resources to the school.  Directs the operation of the school through the various program administrators and supervisors in order to provide a quality and efficient use of fiscal and human resources.  President serves as the final authority on issues that require determination on budget, personnel, and programs.  Interprets and carries out the policies and directives established by the FSDB Board of Trustees.  Develops and recommends administrative organizations that provide efficient and effective service delivery system to the students and families served by the school.  Recommends budgets and policy adoption to the Board of Trustees and communicates with the Board regarding policy issues.  Directs the development of a master plan to maintain and enhance the physical facilities and grounds of the school in order to provide the optimum facilities and grounds to meet the needs of the students served by the school.  Provides direction to designated staff toward funding opportunities outside the general revenue areas and assist in the development of strategies for private funds and grants for specialized projects. Maintain liaison with the Department of Education, School Districts, the Legislature and other appropriate agencies to enhance the operations and services of the school.  Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of organizational structures, budgets, human resource management, educational laws and rules, facilities management, student discipline, parent rights and responsibilities, residential programming, educational programming, finance and development, and political structures; Ability to coordinate a diverse staff, organize a system to serve a diverse population; Ability to initiate a personnel evaluation system at all levels; Ability to manage a large organization in an efficient manner; Ability to make decisions affecting the overall school program; Knowledge or willingness to become familiar with laws, rules, and regulations governing education in the State of Florida; Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and assist in the daily operations of the school; Demonstrate the ability for good leadership and human relations skills; Ability and willingness to effectively interact with parents and students of FSDB; Ability and willingness to effectively interact with State and Federal agencies, schools and organizations; Demonstrated ability to lead a complex organization; Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired during CPR.

Applicant who is selected for will be required to attain an Intermediate proficiency in sign language, within four years of hire. Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.

All members of the Florida Retirement System are required to contribute 3% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.


In order to be considered for employment in this position, all applicants must attach proof of transcript(s), current certification(s), if applicable and curriculum vitae or resume to your application on People First upon applying.  *PLEASE NOTE:  Once an application is submitted, it cannot be altered, nor can attachments be added.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Jacksonville