Date:  Jun 18, 2024


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Requisition No: 829546 

Agency: School for the Deaf & Blind


 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 48008387 

Salary:  $25,381.20 - $28,381.20 

Posting Closing Date: 07/19/2024 

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Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB)

Residential Instructor (Career Service)

Position Number 48008387

Department: Boarding Department


Hiring for the 2024-2025 School Year

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 works as a Boarding Instructor within FSDB's Boarding Program.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the importance of staff: student ratios at all times which includes, but is not limited to, being present at work and punctual, following procedures for attendance, completing daily reports (i.e. Daily Chronicles, Night Reports, Incident Reports, Attendance Reports, etc.), meets all established deadlines, and remains in assigned area; Supervises and monitors student behavior and documents positive and negative behaviors;  Promotes student development and self-esteem by providing assistance and supervision during student activities;  Utilizes the Individual Dorm Plan to build social and daily living skills, providing input during completion of the Functional Assessments, and contributing to a positive dorm environment.
  • Effectively communicates with students in a developmentally appropriate manner and recognizes the individual communication needs of the students; Effectively, consistently, accurately, and professionally communicates with parents, in accordance with the Boarding Program Policy.
  • Demonstrates flexibility with scheduling which includes accepting changes in the work assignment, implementing appropriate recommendations regarding students, and adjusting expectations, interactions and behavior management styles based on the individual needs and abilities of the students.
  • Complies with all school, department, and individual dorm policies and procedures which includes, but is not limited to: Boarding Guidelines, Staff/Student/Parent Handbook, Standards for Disciplinary Action, School Policies and Procedures, Management Memorandum (Student Abuse, Self-Harm, Health Care Center, Staff/Student Relations, and Missing Students), Emergency Preparedness, Critical Incidents Reference Guide, Food Service Policies, and accurate completion of all FSDB required training. Maintains a safe and clean environment.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication;
  • Ability to instruct deaf and/or blind persons in social and daily living skills;
  • Ability to visually monitor and keep track of assigned students;
  • Ability to ensure that health and sanitary conditions are maintained;
  • Ability to encourage independence and self-development in others;
  • Ability to plan, instruct and conduct leisure and recreational activities;
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and work cooperatively with all members of a work group;
  • Participates in all required training and other employee development activities to improve skills and knowledge according to individual work unit needs;
  • Ability to document and follow through on behavior programs;
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs occasionally, stand for sustained periods of time, and walk about on foot throughout campus or for recreational outings;
  • Ability to attain sign language proficiency level in accordance with FSDB O.P.P.1.24;
  • Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired during CPR and CPI;



A high school diploma or its equivalent; or Completion of a program of study in child care from a vocational/technical school; or one year of experience in working with disabled persons. **Proof of High School Diploma or Completion of Child Care course will need to be provided at time of interview. **



Sign Language Requirements

Applicants who are selected for hire for the afternoon shift in the Deaf Apartment Program Dorms/Deaf Residential Dorms will be required to attain an Intermediate Plus proficiency in sign language within one year of hire. 


Applicants who are selected for hire for the overnight shift in the Deaf Apartment Program Dorms/Deaf Residential Dorms will be required to attain an Intermediate proficiency in sign language within one year of hire. 


Applicants who are selected for hire in the Apartment Program Dorms (who are working with Blind/Visually Impaired students) will be required to attain Survival Plus proficiency in sign language within one year of hire. 


Applicants who are selected for hire in the Blind Residential Program 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.

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



Hiring Salary Range 10 month position: $25,381.20 - $28,381.20 annually. This range is inclusive of verified experience and education. Position is eligible for a shift differential due to the majority of shift being between 5:00pm – 6:00am. $60.00 per biweekly period; $1560.00 annually. Pay additive is dependent on agency funding.



Afternoon Shift: Sunday – Thursday, 3:15pm – 12:15am; Schedule may vary.

Overnight Shift: Monday – Friday, 12:15am – 8:15am;




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.
  • Biweekly accrual up to four (4) hours of sick leave and annual leave.
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.


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.



To apply

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.

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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