State of Florida
    Bartow, FL
    Full-time, Part-time
    Similar jobs pay $8.66 - $16.94

    Job Description

    Requisition No:178801

    Agency: Department of Health

    Working Title: HUMAN SERVICES COUNSELOR II - 64003284

    Position Number:64003284

    Salary: $30,000 - $31,000

    Posting Closing Date: 05/29/2020

    Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in PolkCounty. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The incumbent is part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Polk County in its missionto protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community effortsand its vision to be theHealthiest Statein the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values ofInnovation,Collaboration,Accountability,Responsiveness andExcellencein all aspects of their work.

    The person in this position provides services to families targeted for outreach and care coordination of high risk pregnant women and their infants in the Polk County area as determined by the Healthy Start program authorized by the 1991 legislature under the Healthy Start Act, 383.216 F.S., Chapters 100-113, and related activities which identify needs in this population. This position may serve clients that speak only Spanish, Creole, or other languages. It may require performance of interpreter duties, if bilingual, or implementation of the Department'sLimited English Proficiency Plan.

    Provides outreach, assessment of health, nutritional, developmental, social, environmental and behavioral conditions, and care coordination of families. Coordinates services with other community agencies serving pregnant women, children and families.

    Uses screening instruments to assess pregnant women and infants. Uses a team approach for Healthy Start care coordination and other outreach services. Serves as resource/support person to other team members. Act as liaison, communicator and advocate for at risk pregnant women and children; interfaces with health care providers and other resources to improve service coordination. Works with other team members on special projects related to Healthy Start Program.

    Conducts home visits to assess clients and their needs for services, provide health education and to assist them in accessing services.

    Jointly develops written Family Support Plans with clients and families, identifies specific concerns, needs and priorities, and available resources. Specifies service objectives leading to improved health outcomes. Implements, evaluates and monitors Family Support Plan Activities and enhanced services rendered to infants and pregnant women determined to be at risk. Works collaboratively with other community agencies involved with the family. Documents progress and periodically updates the plan using assessment of risk factors and needs.

    Provides supportive counseling on a one to one basis. Educates with a preventative approach on various topics such as: smoking cessation, parenting education, breastfeeding, drug and alcohol avoidance, postpartum depression, childbirth, family planning, interconception care, childhood developmental stages,and nutrition. Promotes and encourages family self-help and self-responsibility.

    Document all client contacts and services provided in the designated Healthy Start client data system. Follows Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines with regard to risk assessment, timeliness of client contacts, services provided, coding, documentation, and case closure processes.

    Maintains professional competency by attending conferences and in-service training. Completes all mandatory training for FDOH and the Healthy Start Coalition.

    Although fluency in both English and Spanish and/or Creole are not requirements of this position, because of the large Hispanic and Haitian populations that are served by this program, skills in Spanish and /or Creole, in addition to English, are desirable.

    Performs other duties as required.

    Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
    • Ability to communicate effectively, including interviewing clients to identify needs.
    • Ability to organize and coordinate work assignments.
    • Knowledge of rules, policies, procedures and laws pertaining to the program.
    • Ability to read, understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to work with socio-economically and culturally diverse populations.
    • Ability to locate and develop community resources and provide information and referral services.
    • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
    • Ability to schedule and coordinate assigned work responsibilities.
    • Ability to compose written correspondence and various reports.
    • Ability to operate a computer and navigate FDOH and Healthy Start client data bases.
    • Ability to compile, organize and analyze statistical data.
    • Knowledge of problem solving techniques.
    • Ability to teach and model parenting according to PCHD curriculum.
    • Knowledge of office procedures and ability to operate a variety of office equipment.
    • Ability to adapt to change.
    Licensure/registration/certification requirement (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university from one of the following areas: social sciences, a health-related field such as nursing, health education, health planning or health care administration, or social work are a requirement of this position.
    • Valid Florida Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
    ***Note:Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

    ***Note:Confidentiality:Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.

    Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

    Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee's current payband/ paygrade.

    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, visit

    This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

    Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

    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 on 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.

    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.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 clickinghere. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

    Nearest Major Market:Lakeland

    Posting ID: 558409792Posted: 2020-05-22