Level II Licensing Specialist

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Partnership for Strong Families is the lead agency for a community-based network in 13 counties in North Central Florida, providing services to ensure the safety, well-being and security of its children and families through foster care and related services. We are seeking a Level II Licensing Specialist to join our team. The Level II Licensing Specialist will license, train, and support Level II and V foster homes. This position reports to the Level II Licensing Supervisor, as well.

Salary: $38,000-40,500

Location: Gainesville, Florida

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 evidence-based practices and highly effective, engaged employees and community partners.

Core Functions: 

  • License and re-license foster care homes in accordance with PSF and DCF regulations and requirements.
  • Display an understanding of and sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Conduct PRIDE Training for potential foster parents.
  • Assist in crisis intervention to foster care parents, as necessary.
  • Provide support and guidance to assigned foster homes.
  • Assist with recruitment activities based on the targeted needs of PSF.
  • Conduct quarterly home visits with assigned families to ensure they are receiving services needed.
  • Compose comprehensive foster home studies based on the strengths and needs of the prospective families.
  • Uses a variety of questioning techniques to elicit information needed in order to form conclusions or make decisions.
  • Fit pieces of information into a coherent whole or summary.
  • Understands different views, expertise, and experience of others; understands the perspectives and limitations of other individuals and systems.
  • Enters each home-study with an understanding of what must be accomplished to reach objective.
  • Prepares in advance for situations (i.e., home-visits, PRIDE training class, rehearses presentations).
  • Thoroughly documents issues, questions, or concerns directly related to licensing and re-licensing foster homes.

This list of essential 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 Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
  • Possession of a Florida Driver’s License, maintain an acceptable driving record, and accessibility to reliable transportation.
  • Certification as a Child Welfare Professional or CWP eligible.

Special Condition:

  • Must obtain certification as a PRIDE instructor within 12 months of appointment to this position.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Psychology, Social Work, or related field.
  • Experience training or supervising foster parents.
  • PRIDE certification.
  • Experience or knowledge of special needs children.
  • Two years of professionally related child welfare experience.

For more information about Partnership for Strong Families, please visit us at www.pfsf.org.

PSF is an EEO/AA/ADA/VP/Drug Free employer.


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