Clinical Specialist

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Job Summary: The primary functions of the Clinical Specialist are to provide coaching and consultation to Family Care Counselors and other key staff in the oversight of psychiatric services and clinical processes for PSF clients. This is a highly independent position which will be involved in identifying areas for process improvement or needed support with specialized populations. This position reports to the Director of Clinical Services.

Position Title: Clinical Specialist

FLSA Designation: Exempt

EEO Category: Professional

Hiring Range: $36,000 – $41,738

Location: Gainesville

Mission: To enhance the community’s ability to protect and nurture children by building, maintaining and constantly improving a network of family support services.

Vision: To be a recognized leader in protecting children and strengthening families through innovative evidenced-based practices and highly effective, engaged employees and community partners.

Core Principle: To provide a safe environment for all children. 

Competency: Ability to be proactive, decisive and employ crisis intervention principles appropriately.

Core Functions:

  • Provide Family Care Counselors (FCC’s) coaching and consultation for cases where the child is prescribed with psychotropic medications, which can include questions related to psychiatric appointments for children in care, managing and documenting medications, home visits, pre-consent reviews (as required) and informed consent or court orders if the parent is unavailable.
  • Serve as a liaison for psychiatric and other clinical providers to coordinate psychiatric services.
  • Stay informed via research and trainings of current issues related to psychotropic medications.
  • Participate in processes implemented for children with intensive behavioral and mental health needs in targeted high-risk populations such as sexually exploited, sexually reactive, physically aggressive, and with specialized placement needs to coordinate treatment and discharge plans. This can include, but not limited to, coordinating and facilitating staffings, or providing clinical consultation in internal and community-based staffings.
  • Utilize FSFN to record relevant data and activities as appropriate.
  • Perform other functions as deemed necessary to foster quality clinical services for PSF clients.

Core Principle: To commit to accountability using outcomes to measure performance and improve practice.

Competency: Commitment to ensuring accountability and a results-based orientation.

Core Functions:

  • In conjunction with PSF and Provider leadership, develop, analyze and interpret tracking reports to assist in the management of tasks related to psychotropic medications.
  • In conjunction with PSF and Provider quality management staff, participate in QA activities related to psychotropic medication management and other clinical processes implemented to support stability and safety for high risk populations.

Core Principles: To make prevention of child abuse and neglect a community priority. To respect the diversity of all children and families.

Competencies:  Ability to network with, educate and involve community stakeholders. Respect for each person’s dignity, individuality, and right to self-determination.

Core Functions:

  • Serve as a resource for training and technical assistance to caregivers and staff as needed regarding documentation of medication administration and behavioral issues/changes as a result of medications.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with treating psychiatrists and Baker Act facilities ensuring they understand the requirements for treating children in the Child Welfare System.
  • Display understanding of, and sensitivity to, service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

This list of core functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Partnership for Strong Families reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling Education or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience directly managing client care in a mental health or child welfare setting.
  • Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s license; have and maintain an acceptable driving record; and have accessible, reliable transportation.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling Education or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience directly managing client care in a mental health or child welfare setting.
  • Experience in the State of Florida child welfare system.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Florida’s child welfare system and community social services.
  • Knowledge of clinical issues specifically related to psychotropic medication for children.
  • Skill in managing multiple priorities and conflicting demands
  • Skills in interpersonal communication, collaborative problem solving and planning, and using teachable moments to reinforce best practice
  • Ability to use data to inform practice and implements results-based best practices
  • Ability to use computer software and automated systems
  • Ability to travel

Physical Requirements:

Sitting – 50%

Standing – 10%

Mobility (moving between internal offices) – 30%

Kneeling/Bending/Stooping – 5%

Reaching, overhead – 5%

Speaking – Yes

Hearing – Yes

Reading Comprehension – Yes

Ability to Lift and carry up to 25 pounds.


Same Day – Frequent

Overnight – Infrequent

Weekend and Nights – Infrequent

Infrequent (2 to 3 times year)

Occasional (2 to 3 times Month)

Frequent (2 to 3 times Week)

PFSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ Drug Free Work Place 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 Human Resource Department at 1-352-244-1527.  Notification to the Human Resource office must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Drug Free Workplace: PSF maintains and enforces a Drug-Free Workplace program.  New employees are required to be drug tested prior to employment.  In appropriate circumstances, current employees may also be required to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing.  Information on the Drug-Free Workplace Policy is contained in the Employee Handbook and set forth in the Drug-Free Workplace Policy, both of which are available through the organization’s inter/intranet.


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