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Hillsborough County Government

Child Care Specialist (#CHCSPCGENI) GENI
$13.38-$21.25 Hourly / $2,319.20-$3,683.33 Monthly / $27,830.40-$44,200.00 Yearly


Performs child care duties safeguarding the general welfare of youths assigned to a county child caring center.


An Associate's degree; and
One year of experience working with youths as a counselor, recreational leader, or instructor or as a care provider to emotional, mentally or physically disabled youths; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Knowledge of First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions.
  • Knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the unit or department to which assigned.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the implementation of NAPPI crisis intervention (ie. crisis counseling, physical restraint techniques, and environmental safety observations). 
  • Knowledge of available social support agencies and resources in the community.
  • Knowledge of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and terminology of child and adolescent developmental stages and intervention techniques.
  • Skill in the application of consequences and positive reinforcement.
  • Ability and willingness to work with youth with emotional, mental or physical disabilities.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to physically restrain youth weighing up to 107 pounds when required.
  • Ability to detect potential dangers to youth or staff and take proactive and appropriate action, and follow established reporting procedures and protocol.
  • Ability to participate in physical/outdoor activities that may require bending, stooping, and lifting.
  • Ability to follow established procedures and support alignment with the department's goals and vision.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in accordance with established Federal, State and local laws and ordinances.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Monitors the behavior and participates with youth during all assigned program activities.
  • Applies interventions based on prescribed treatment plans and provides life skills, social, emotional, and educational skill-based services training.
  • Ensures a safe and healthy environment at program facilities by monitoring the status of clients and by recommending, implementing, and/or monitoring corrective actions as needed.
  • Completes reports such as runaway, incident, abuse, daily charts, token points, or logs.
  • Facilitates comprehensive intakes, screenings, and assessments of youth entering the program.
  • Conducts timely, accurate and complete eligibility determination for program applicants. Ensure 100% eligibility verification of all program applicants prior to registration/enrollment.
  • Conducts orientations on program eligibility requirements and services.
  • Ensures timely, accurate and complete data input for enrollments.
  • Communicates eligibility criteria, including packet/application submission.
  • Documents all participant contacts and activities in case notes and ensure that contacts are made as required.
  • Maintains all required trainings and certifications mandated by federal, state, and county governments and contracts.
  • CPR/AED, First Aid, NAPPI, HIPAA, and NIMS certifications must be obtained within the first 90 days of employment.
  • Performs general safety inspections of buildings and grounds, general cleaning and maintenance of buildings, and submits maintenance work orders as needed.
  • Transports clients using assigned county vehicle as required.
  • Recruits applicants through proven recruitment and outreach strategies such as social service organizations, community events, schools and other potential referral sources.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


Frequently requires transporting children in County vans.

Frequently in a high noise environment.

Frequently requires extensive safety training.

Frequently sitting at a desk or table and using a computer.

Ability to lift up to 50lbs; Ability to provide physical intervention as prescribed by approved trauma informed practice model (NAPPI).

Frequently standing and/or walking outside around 30-acre campus.

Ability to participate in physical/outdoor activities that may require bending, stooping, and lifting.

CLASS: CHCSPCGENI; EST: 8/22/2008; REV: 10/7/2016;