Requisition No: 33284 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: SOCIAL SERVICES COUNSELOR - SES - 64084993

Position Number: 64084993 

Salary:  $45,000 - $48,500 annual 

Posting Closing Date: 04/26/2018 

This is a Selected Exempt Service (SES) position and includes comprehensive employee benefits at nominal or no cost to the employee.



This is a supervisory and social work/counseling position in the Healthy Start program with the Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties (DOH-Hendry/Glades) and is responsible for providing direct supervision to the Healthy Start team, along with direct client servcies, including psychosocial services and in-home counseling, according to standards set by the Healthy Start (HS) Standards and Guidelines and HS contract. Incumbent should have knowledge of family violence, substance abuse intervention, medical or health promotion, mental health, and a prevention theory approach to intervention. This position reports to the Healthy Start Program Manager (Operations and Management Consultant II). 


The incumbent is also responsible for assisting the Program Manager with Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) of the program. This position requires the incumbent to be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. Position reports directly to the Program Manager (Operations and Management Consultant II – SES) and is headquartered in Clewiston. Certain immunizations and TB testing may be required.



Required: Master’s degree in social work from a U.S. accredited college and two years of professional experience working with children/families or Current Florida RN Licensure (BSN) with advanced specialized counseling education and training as a clinical nurse specialist or certified psychiatric nurse can substitute. Required knowledge in the areas of family violence, substance abuse intervention, medical or health promotion, mental health and prevention services.


Preferred qualifications include: Current Florida license (LCSW, LMHC or LMFT) and a minimum of two (2) years of experience providing individual and/or family therapy to those affected by domestic violence, mental health or substance abuse. Knowledge of infant and child development, positive parenting, parent-child attachment, and maternal-infant health; experience in home visitation with a background in prevention services to the zero to three age population. 




Supervision of Family Support Workers (FSWs)

  • Responsible for all supervisory duties including, but not limited to, hiring and selection, developing performance plans, conducting performance appraisals, planning and directing work, approving leave, arranging and/or providing training, conducting team meetings, and taking disciplinary action as appropriate.


Healthy Start Case Management

  • Provides care coordination and psychosocial services to eligible Healthy Start families per Healthy Start (HS) Implementation Standards and Guidelines and the HS Coalition contract.
  • Responsible for outreach, initial contacts, assessments, and ongoing care coordination services for families via letter, phone calls and home visits. Provides services in a location that best meets the needs of the family through home visits, clinic visits, and visits in alternative settings. 
  • Assigns a Well Family System (WFS) level to all clients, prioritizing caseload according to client risk status.
  • Provides Healthy Start services, including: care coordination, parenting support/education, childbirth support, smoking cessation, and breastfeeding support, and education on child growth and development, nutrition principles and the benefits of immunizations.
  • Assists families in assuring access to prenatal or infant care and community resources.
  • Promotes basic health principles, psychosocial, and preventive care related to disease control, maternal/fetal/child health and family planning.
  • Provides appropriate referrals to client for community resources.
  • Responsible for the development of Family Support Plans. 
  • Client assignments may include issues related to substance abuse, domestic violence and teen pregnancy.
  • Client assignments may include issues related to substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, incarceration, and teen pregnancy.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Children and Families and other community partners in the follow up of referred at risk families.


Psychosocial Services and Support

  • Attends psychosocial trainings as related to the Healthy Start program. These trainings may require travel and overnight lodging.
  • Educates/trains the Healthy Start staff on psychosocial issues pertaining to Healthy Start clients.
  • Conducts psychosocial assessments.
  • Counsels and evaluates clients to determine individual therapeutic activity needs.
  • Provides services through face to face contact.


Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

  • Assists with the coordination of Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs.
  • Evaluation of HS FSWs, including chart/documentation reviews per the HS Standards and Guidelines.


Community Involvement

  • Attends scheduled meetings, training sessions, and outreach events.
  • Promotes public awareness of the Healthy Start Program and develops and maintains community relationships to support client referrals.



  • Ability to effectively supervise and mentor staff for career development.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct psychosocial counseling to pregnant mothers and/or parents of newborns.
  • Home visiting experience and ability to conduct regular home visits.
  • Ability to actively listen and communicate effectively - verbally and in writing - with clients, DOH staff and community agencies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments independently. Self-motivated.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and maintain written documentation.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate exceptional customer service skills.
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently capture and tabulate data.
  • Fluent in English/Spanish.
  • Knowledge of the target population.
  • Ability to serve a diverse population.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Ability to provide reliable transportation and travel throughout Hendry and Glades Counties.
  • Possession of a driver’s license and favorable driving record through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Willingness to accept training and supervision.


  • ** Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
  • Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:
  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • The State of Florida is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
  • Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
  • Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.


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.

State of Florida
Full time
LABELLE, Florida 33935, US