at Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (view profile)
Location 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1114, Tallahassee, FL
Date Posted April 25, 2023
Category Restaurant
Job Type Part-time
Financial Incentives Health Benefits if candidate works 30+ hours per week






Position No.: 48006298

Location: Tallahassee, FL


Job Description:

The General Services Specialist (Business Enterprise Consultant) serves as the primary point of contact for licensed operators in the BEP (Business Enterprise Program).  The consultant provides communication, training, support and new site development as directed. The consultant advises and assists blind clients in managing food service facilities with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures; provides training, as needed, on menu planning, food preparation, equipment care and business development; ensures that businesses are operating according to Licensed Operator Facility Agreements, State and Federal regulations; helps negotiate with building managers and cafeteria site owners; procures equipment, materials and supplies; and assists with installing, replacing or repairing equipment and vending machines.
Examples of Work:

  • Provide coordination services for licensed operators.
  • Advise and assist blind managers with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures.
  • Provide training in business development or other areas deemed necessary.
  • Inspect business sites for compliance with sanitation and health codes.
  • Write activity reports and document client manager’s progress.
  • Write purchase and repair orders as needed.
  • Recommend new opportunities for food service and/or vending routes throughout Florida.
  • Participate in the activities of the committee of vendors as required.
  • Make surveys of buildings or properties to determine their suitability as locations for vending facilities to be operated by blind Business Enterprise Managers.
  • Assist with the completion of necessary contractual arrangements for the establishment and operation of vending facilities with appropriate property management companies.
  • Arrange for the design, installation of equipment, supply procurement, and initial stock needed for opening new or remodeled units.
  • Prepare reports as required on the status of various Business Enterprises Program activities including reports related to the operation of facilities by licensed operator’s and unassigned facilities.
  • Ensure availability of in-service and training opportunities for facility managers.
  • Document contacts with BEP managers, public representatives and private vendors utilizing standardized reports.
  • Serve as the contract manager with respect to licensed operator agreements.
  • Participate in on-going staff development opportunities and maintain current Safe Serve Certification.
  • Implement effective facility visitations to ensure optimal operation of each facility. At minimum, visitations must include a review of financial, compliance, health and safety and sanitation matters.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with four courses in business and four years of experience in business administration, purchasing, procurement, supply inventory, property management, food service operations, and/or real property management.
  • Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of purchasing, supply inventory, property management, food service and/or real property management.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to formulate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to analyze and identify operational and/or management problems.
  • Ability to develop various reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

To be considered for a position with the Division of Blind Services:

  • All fields in the candidate profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position. Putting "see resume" does not substitute for completing all sections of the candidate profile.
  • Responses to qualifying questions must be verifiable in the candidate profile. Not all applicants will be interviewed. Preference will be given for qualifying veterans, employees in layoff status and qualified candidates based on a review of their overall scores, KSAs, primary and supplemental applications, as well as completion of any required work samples, willingness questionnaires, and behavioral/personality/skills tests, and interview responses, as applicable. References and file reviews from previous employment will be verified to determine suitability.
  • Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.
  • Individuals lacking the ability to competently do the job and those who are unable to positively contribute to a productive team environment, need not apply.
  • The successful candidate must be able to pass a Level II Background screening.
  • All previous periods of employment must be listed and accounted for.

The Florida Division of Blind Services is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of Veterans and individuals with disabilities and

improving employment outcomes.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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