General Services Specialist

at Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services (view profile)
Location 401 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
Date Posted February 15, 2024
Category Restaurant
Job Type Full-time
Financial Incentives Full Benefits Package (Health, Life, Dental), Retirement, Paid Time Off


Job Description:

This position is located within the Division of Blind Services, Business Enterprise Program in Miami, Florida. The General Services Specialist (Business Enterprise Program Consultant) serves as the primary point of contact for licensed operators in the BEP 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:

  • Provides coordination services for licensed operators.
  • Advises and assists blind managers with employer/employee relations, inventory control, sales strategies and pricing structures.
  • Provides training in business development or other areas deemed necessary.
  • Inspects business sites for compliance with sanitation and health codes.
  • Writes activity reports and documents client manager’s progress.
  • Writes purchase and repair orders as needed.
  • Recommends new opportunities for food service and/or vending routes throughout Florida.
  • Participates in the activities of the committee of vendors as required.
  • Makes surveys of buildings or properties to determine their suitability as locations for vending facilities to be operated by blind Business Enterprise Managers.
  • Assists with the completion of necessary contractual arrangements for the establishment and operation of vending facilities with appropriate property management companies.
  • Arranges for the design, installation of equipment, supply procurement, and initial stock needed for opening new or remodeled units.
  • Prepares 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.
  • Ensures availability of in-service and training opportunities for facility managers.
  • Documents contacts with BEP managers, public representatives and private vendors utilizing standardized reports.
  • Serves as the contract manager with respect to licensed operator agreements.
  • Participates in on-going staff development opportunities and maintains a current Safe Serve Certification.
  • Implements 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.
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