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Hillsborough County Government

Senior Child Care Specialist (#SCDCSPGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 Yearly


Serves as shift leader and performs more advanced child care duties with minimal assistance; to include safeguarding the general welfare of youth assigned to a county child care center.


An Associate's or higher degree from an accredited college or university; and  

Three years of experience working with youths as a counselor, recreational leader, or instructor or as a care provider to emotionally, mentally or physically disabled youths with at least one year in a leadership role; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and
Possession of a valid Driver 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 NAPPI crisis intervention, counseling and physical restraint techniques.
  • Knowledge of First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions.
  • Knowledge of available social support agencies and resources in the community.
  • Knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the unit or department to which assigned.
  • Knowledge of child/adolescent developmental stages.
  • Knowledge of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and terminology of child and adolescent developmental stages and intervention techniques.
  • Skill in the application and modeling of consequences and positive reinforcement.
  • Skill in detecting potential dangers to youth or staff. Experienced in taking proactive and appropriate action, guiding staff in exercising sound judgment, and following established reporting procedures and protocol.  
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to physically restrain youth weighing up to 107 pounds when required.
  • Ability to participate in physical/outdoor activities that may require bending, stooping and lifting in order to effectively manage and guide group activities.
  • Ability to follow established policies and procedures to support and ensure 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 establish and maintain effective working relationships with others within and outside own organization.
  • Ability to complete, review, and verify the accuracy of all program reports and logs.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to assume responsibilities of a manager in their absence.


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 some or all of the activities described below.

  • Monitors, coaches, and supervises the behavior of staff and youth, and interacts with youth during all assigned program activities; May serve as team leader for activities.
  • Dispenses medication as prescribed by treatment plans and reports medical condition of clients to nurses.
  • Completes, reviews, and verifies the accuracy of program reports and logs.
  • Implements and monitors prescribed treatment programs or skill-based services trainings.
  • Reviews requests for Placement Services and provides recommendations to supervisor.
  • Provides orientation and training for new staff.
  • 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.
  • Ensures maintenance work orders are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Performs Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI) crisis intervention, counseling, or physical restraint.
  • Assigns, oversees, and participates in the transportation of clients.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: SCDCSPGENK; EST: 8/22/2008; REV: 5/21/2014;