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Date:  Nov 10, 2022


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Requisition No: 737144 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind

Working Title: SENIOR SAFETY SPECIALIST - 48008268

Position Number: 48008268 

Salary:  $33,252.96 - $36,252.96 

Posting Closing Date: 12/05/2022 

Job Advertisement

Senior Safety Specialist - Position Number 48008268

Department – Safety

Career Service


The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) Safety & Facilities department has a full time job opening for a Senior Safety Specialist


Salary Range

12-month position: $33,252.96 – $36,252.96 annually. This range is inclusive of verified experience and education.



Monday – Friday 7am – 3:30pm


Your Specific Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position assists the Assistant Director of Safety with inspecting and maintaining the school's security, life safety and fire protection systems.This position handles confidential information and is trusted and expected to manage this information with discretion. Performs inspections, tests, maintenance, additions and repairs on a variety of electronic addressable and non-addressable fire alarm systems, security alarm systems, and card access systems, including fire alarm control panels, telephone dialers, signal receivers, card readers, door sensors, smoke detectors, horns, strobes, flow and tamper switches. Performs system configuration, device management, and updates to Honeywell data files for the purposes of troubleshooting the campus-wide fire alarm system and reporting systems status. Performs tests and preventive maintenance as required by NFPA 101 for exit and emergency lighting systems. Coordinates and conducts monthly fire exit drills in accordance with NFPA 101 and prepares documentation in compliance with Florida Fire Prevention code. Assists contract professionals in testing building sprinkler systems, hood systems and hood suppression systems. Makes repairs as needed and documents all tests, results and repairs in accordance with NFPA and prepares report for quality assurance. Reviews fire alarm and electrical systems construction drawings/documents for codes requirements and quality standards, makes recommendations and inspects buildings for codes compliance in accordance with NFPA 70, 72 and 101, reports deficiencies and re-inspects to ensure compliance. Assists with the monthly inspections of portable fire extinguishers and its required intervals. Ensures proper operation of the system and the actuation and reset of the shunt trip and alarm systems.Serves as a member of the Emergency Preparedness Evaluation Team for the purposes of critiquing all emergency preparedness drills, as well as assisting in the development of prevention/response/recovery procedures. Assists the department with the creation and maintenance of keys and door hardware. Attends trainings as required. Other duties, as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of computer based fire alarm and card access systems; Knowledge of the codes, methods, techniques and equipment used in maintaining compliance for fire protection and detection systems; Knowledge of electrical codes, theory and testing; Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication; Ability to obtain Journeyman Electrician License; Ability to conduct inspections of properties for deficiencies in electrical and fire safety protection and detection systems; Ability to install, troubleshoot and repair addressable fire alarm systems, card access systems, gate controllers and electrical systems; Ability to understand and apply applicable codes, rule, regulations, policies and procedures; Ability to prepare reports; Ability to acquire FASA/BASA certification; Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during demanding situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow co-workers; Ability to work in all types of weather; Ability to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday; Ability to follow safety procedures and directives; Ability to follow written and oral instructions; Ability to keep records; Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; Ability to work with minimum supervision; Ability to perform building inspections; Ability to stand for sustained periods of time; Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques; Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired in CPR.


Condition of Employment  Applicants under consideration for employment at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will be required to complete background investigation.  Fingerprints will be taken and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a background check of your criminal history record(s) at the state and national level.


Sign Language Requirements

Applicants who are selected for hire will be encouraged to learn sign language. 


Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.


About Our Organization and Mission

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a state public school available at no cost to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind, including boarding and transportation services. FSDB is nationally recognized for its comprehensive educational services, designed for the unique communication and accessibility needs of students. FSDB also provides educational outreach programs for children ages 0-5 and their families.  The FSDB experience provides students with the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success.


The mission of FSDB is to utilize all available talent, energy, and resources to provide free appropriate public education for eligible sensory impaired students of Florida. As a school of academic excellence, the school shall strive to provide students an opportunity to access education services in caring, safe, unique learning environment to prepare them to be literate, employable, and independent lifelong learners. The school shall provide outreach services that include collaboration with district school boards and shall encourage input from students, staff, parents, and the community. As a diverse organization, the school shall foster respect and understanding for each individual. (Section 1002.36, Florida Statutes)


How You Will Grow 

FSDB provides staff members with opportunities to grow professionally, enhancing their ability to support students' growth. School- and state-required training and skills development is offered both online and in-person for academic and non-academic staff members.


Where You Will Work

The FSDB campus is situated in the Uptown area of historic St. Augustine, by the Intracoastal Waterway. St. Augustine, also known as the nation’s oldest city, has a rich heritage that makes the city and its surroundings a charming and distinctive place to live and to visit.


St. Augustine has its own unique character, with friendly local people at farmers markets, nearby beaches, entertainment venues, shopping areas, community events, restaurants, and more. The links below give insight into the city we love:

Florida’s Historic Coast

Visit Florida–St. Augustine

First Coast Relocation Guide

Historic Coast Culture

Florida, the Sunshine State, is known for warm climates, friendly residents, and exceptional outdoor and recreational opportunities.  It offers a great quality of life with a reasonable cost of living without a state income tax.  Florida continues to be a magnet for new residents each year.


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida

FSDB is a state of Florida agency and a major employer in St. Johns County. Working for the state of Florida is more than a paycheck. The state’s total compensation package for our SES and Career Service employees features a highly competitive set of benefits including:

Annual and sick leave

Holiday leave–nine days per year

Personal holiday–one day per year

State group insurance–health, dental, vision, life, and supplemental coverage options

Retirement plan options–including employer contributions (for specifics, visit

Flexible spending accounts

Tuition waivers

And more!

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An attached resume is not a substitute for the information required on the application.  It is the responsibility of all applicants to keep their application current.


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




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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. 

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