Open Position: Florida Department of Health Clay County Social Services Counselor

Working Title: Social Services Counselor

Posting Closing Date: Dec 10, 2018

Location: Green Cove Springs, FL, US, 32043

Agency: Department of Health

Program: Healthy Start

Salary:  $30,858.10 – $31,477.42 

No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted by the agency.


This position requires that you have a four-year college degree in one of the following areas: Social Work, Psychology, Community Health, a health-related field such as nursing, health education, health planning or health care administration, or Social Services OR a two-year college degree WITH a minimum of three years’ experience in public health/community development OR licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse WITH four years of public health/maternal child health experience. Must be willing to use your personal vehicle and travel to meet with clients in their homes or at other designated places in the community as needed. Must have at least 6 consecutive months of experience with case management OR have you completed an internship of at least 3 months’ duration that included case management. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds unassisted. Must be able to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and experience documenting case notes electronically is preferred.


• Promote innovation by searching for creative solutions and managing resources wisely.
• Collaborate through teamwork to achieve common goals and solve problems.
• Must be accountable and perform with integrity and respect.
• Expected to be responsive by serving our customers and engaging our partners.
• Perform with excellence by promoting quality outcomes through learning and continuous performance.
• Perform ongoing risk assessments, developmental screening, social service evaluations and counseling to Healthy Start clients and their families.
• Participate in the direction of the interdisciplinary team development of Family Support Plans for select Healthy Start participants through ongoing care coordination.
• Provide/deliver social and case management services to clients in the home, community and clinic as needed. Document services in accordance to Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.
• Perform direct care and consultative services to enhance the participant’s ability to access care.
• Explore local resources and meets with alternative service delivery providers to promote access to health care through community agency collaboration.
• Serve as a social work Healthy Start team case manager, providing services to at risk pregnant women and infants, with emphasis on developmental screening, interdisciplinary approaches to care, outreach activities, intervention strategies and care coordination.
• Coordinate activities and provide human services related training for student interns, volunteers and paraprofessional resource mothers and fathers to assure the delivery of quality social services and coordination with other service providers (as available per local resources/funding).
• Actively participate in weekly case management meetings, monthly record reviews, and annual Coalition site visits. Prepare reports for supervisor or designee to the implementation of social services/ case management duties. Participate in the formulation of programs and policies as they relate to the provisions of social services and prenatal/postnatal case management.
• Conduct group sessions for pregnant women and parents of infants in need of emotional support and parenting skills training to reduce risks associated with infant mortality and morbidity (as available per local resources/findings). Plan, develop, coordinate and conduct training sessions, workshops and meetings for professional staff and local community agencies regarding implementation of outreach, care coordination and social service intervention strategies.
• Cultivate and maintain professional linkage with colleagues in the communities and state agencies. Represent the CHD at local meetings and state conferences, coalitions, workshops and seminars regarding assigned area of responsibility.
• Perform other duties as assigned/required by the position and within the realm of the classification specifications for a social services counselor.

All applications must be completed online through People First.  No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted by the agency.

**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 participation in direct deposit.

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. 

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

Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package – 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waiver available

Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!

Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $50
Family coverage is $180

Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $15
Family coverage is $64.30

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 clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.