Date:  Jul 2, 2024


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Requisition No: 830431 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind


 Pay Plan: Contract FTE (BenEl)

Position Number: 48008537 

Salary:  $54,967.24 - $58,959.60 

Posting Closing Date: 07/29/2024 

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Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB)

Speech Language Pathologist - 7% Specialist– Board of Trustees

Position Number 48008537

Department: Speech & Audiology


Who are we?

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.





How you will make an impact:

The incumbent of this position serves as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Deaf Department which carries responsibility for direct student services.

  • Provide direct individual/group therapy services to Deaf Department students.

Provide comprehensive reports for triennial and special evaluations that determine appropriate program placement. Provide parents with ideas for materials, activities, and techniques to improve the student’s communication skills. Model techniques for teaching auditory, speech and language skills to students based on their evaluation results.  Update the online caseload management/billing program to maximize billing resources on a weekly basis.

  • Participate in interdisciplinary department team meetings to make recommendations or report interventions with students.  Develop speech and language files with evaluations, student’s logs, progress reports, IEP’s audiograms, teacher/parent communications or other reports as needed.  Provide support to the Department Audiologist in the care, maintenance, and use of amplification with every student in the assigned department.  Provide services and assistance to other staff members including dormitory staff, support service staff, supervisors and other staff as required.  This includes participation in IEP meetings, parent conferences, teacher/clinician meetings, director/clinician meetings, and department meetings as required.
  • Attend training and implement skills acquired during professional development activities as required by Federal, State and FSDB mandates.
  • Other additional duties as assigned.




Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of developmental speech, language and auditory training as components of a total communication program for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students;
  • Skill in evaluating the auditory, speech and language performance levels of visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students;
  • Basic knowledge of other speech defects, causes of language delay, and the ability to assess capabilities and needs of individual students;
  • Skill in assessing evaluation results in order to plan appropriate auditory, speech and language management objectives for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students of all ages and ability levels;
  • Ability to teach auditory, speech, and language skills in individual and small group therapy sessions;
  • Ability to write evaluation reports, progress reports, and other necessary forms of communication with teachers, parents and staff;
  • Skill in using and maintaining hearing aids and group amplification equipment or willingness to learn;
  • Knowledge of behavior modification principles and techniques and the ability to establish appropriate rapport with students in order to teach effectively;
  • Ability to plan, organize and use time effectively in order to provide the maximum amount of direct services to students;
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement reinforcement activities with classroom teachers, parents, and other staff;
  • Ability to communicate with deaf/hard of hearing students and hearing or deaf/hard of hearing staff members or willingness to learn;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other staff members in order to provide quality services and establish continuity within the Comprehensive Auditory, Speech and Language program;
  • Ability to pass training and administer skills acquired during CPI and CPR;
  • Ability to attain sign language proficiency level in accordance with FSDB O.P.P.1.24;





  • Master’s Degree or higher in related field.
  • Current Certification of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Current Licensure by the State of Florida Department of Health in Speech Language Pathology (or ability to obtain upon appointment)
  • 12 semester hours in Hearing Impaired or Visually Impaired
  • Additional requirements mandated by state/federal law and position responsibilities



Sign Language Requirements:

Applicants who are selected for hire will be required to attain an Advanced proficiency in sign language within one year of hire.


Please note: FSDB provides education to acquire sign language skills.




Hiring Salary Range: 10-month position (190 Days): $54,967.24 - $58,959.60. This range is inclusive of verified experience. Employees shall receive compensation for higher education beyond a Bachelor’s Degree as noted below.


Master’s Degree: additional $2,400

Master’s +30, or 2nd Master’s Degree, or Education Specialist, or Doctorate Degree: additional $2,400


Employees may earn any combination of degrees and receive that amount. Only one degree in each category will apply.



Hours: Monday – Friday; 8:00am to 4:00pm





FSDB will prepare each student 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)





Integrity & Respect – The FSDB community is a cohesive group that serves with honor, care, kindness and responsibility.

Safety & Security – The FSDB community is committed to the protection and well-being of stakeholders.

Innovation – The FSDB community welcomes change and embraces a continuous improvement mindset to encourage new methods to solve problems and foster creativity and growth.

Trust – The FSDB community is committed to high quality services and accountability through honest, reliable and consistent actions.




Our benefits include:

  • Automatic enrollment into the Florida Retirement System.
  • Medical insurance coverage is $90 per pay period for family coverage; $25 per pay period for employee only.
  • Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions.  Employees may purchase additional coverage.
  • Low-cost supplemental benefit packages that include dental, vision, and much more.
  • Professional development opportunities and ability to learn American Sign Language on campus at no cost.
  • Tuition waiver program – earn up to 6 credit hours per semester at state universities.



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.




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.





Applications accepted through People First only.

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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Take this opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life and become part of a great School.  Apply today!


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.

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