Retention Licensing Specialist

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Job Summary: A highly independent position with limited responsibility for retention of new Partner/Foster Families. The focus of this position will be on licensing and relicensing level II and level V homes, Facilitating PRIDE training classes and providing support. This position reports directly to the Licensing Manager.


Position Title: Retention Licensing Specialist

FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

EEO Category: Professional

Hiring Range: $36,000 – $40,000

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 and make prevention of child abuse and neglect a community priority.

Competencies: Knowledge of policies and procedures as they pertain to licensing and relicensing foster homes. Ability to be proactive, decisive and employ crisis intervention principles appropriately. Ability to network with, educate and involve community stakeholders.

Core Functions:

  • License and re-license level II and level V foster 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 licensed 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 the PSF.
  • Analyze, develop and interpret simple data concerning foster parent recruitment and the licensing process.

Core Principles: To individualize services to meet the needs of children and families. To respect the inherent dignity of children and families with permanency in mind. To respect the diversity of all children and families in the community.

Competencies: Commitment to using a strength based, child-centered, family focused practice with the ability to identify strengths and needs. Ability to perceive and communicate with sensitivity without judgment while respecting each person’s potential. Command of the principles of permanency for children.

Core Functions:

  • Compose comprehensive foster home studies based on the strengths and needs of the prospective families.
  • Display understanding of and sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Uses a variety of questioning techniques to elicit information needed in order to form conclusions or make decisions.
  • Fits 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.

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:

  • 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.

Core Principle: To recognize that more can be done with communities and families as partners.

Competency:  Identifies and understands what resources are available, and builds and maintains effective working relationships with a network of systems.

Core Function: Retain, recruit and support Partner Family homes.

  • Find creative and effective ways to advocate for Partner Families.
  • Offers support to co-workers.
  • License and re-license level II and level V foster care homes in accordance with PSF and DCF regulations and requirements.
  • Develop and support Partner/Foster Families Associations Retention workgroups in all five services sites.
  • Conduct PRIDE Training for potential foster parents.
  • Assist with the coordination of Foster Parent Appreciation Banquets and Holiday Parties.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners.
  • Locate external resources to assist with supporting Partner Families.


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.
  • Two years of professionally related child welfare experience.
  • Possession of a Florida Driver’s License, maintain an acceptable driving record, and accessibility to reliable transportation.
  • Certification as a Child Protection Professional or CPP eligible.

Special Condition:

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


  • Masters’ 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to problem solve, make decisions and implement plans.
  • Ability to conduct home visits.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to work in a teamwork atmosphere as well as independently.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting – 40%

Standing – 30%

Mobility (moving between internal offices) – 10%

Kneeling/Bending/Stooping – 10%

Reaching, overhead – 10%

Speaking – Yes

Hearing – Yes

Reading Comprehension – Yes

Ability to Lift and carry up to 40 pounds.


Same Day – Frequent

Overnight – Infrequent

Weekend and Nights – Occasional

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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