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Requisition No: 818276 

Agency: Children and Families


 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 60020416 

Salary:  $37,000.08 annually /$1,423.08 

Posting Closing Date: 12/10/2023 

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Adult Protective Investigator

Department of Children and Families

Daytona Beach, Florida

Open Competitive


This posting will be used to fill position vacancies in Career Service.

Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF salary policy.


What you will do:

This professional position investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation against vulnerable adults and the mitigation of the risk factors involved. Clients served include those residing in the community and alternative care facilities. Vulnerable adults in crisis need quick action from strong, compassionate individuals dedicated to ensuring their safety. This demanding and challenging career could be your opportunity to speak for those adults who cannot protect themselves and fight to help ensure their safety and independence.


How you will make an impact:

  • Conduct investigations regarding allegations of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or self-neglect of vulnerable adults
  • Work closely with law enforcement and partner agencies such as the Department of Elder Affairs, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Collect information through observation and interviews with the vulnerable adults, relatives, and other parties associated with the case, as well as analysis of criminal, past service history and other records
  • Identify the service needs of the vulnerable adult and determines the level of intervention needed to include voluntary services or court ordered protective services
  • Assess the mental capacity of the vulnerable adult, danger threats, vulnerabilities, and caregiver capacities in order to determine whether a vulnerable adult is safe or not safe
  • Assist victims with temporary emergency shelter placement and other emergency services
  • Notify state attorney, law enforcement, state agencies and other required individuals as appropriate
  • Provide vulnerable adults with service linkages to agency and community resources
  • Establish and maintains working relationships with organizations involved with adult protective investigations such as community services, advocacy groups, law enforcement, medical personnel, schools, and other community resources.



  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent and four years of law enforcement experience or active military service (honorably discharged or status that current service reflects serving honorably); or
  • An associate degree or 60+ credit hours from an accredited college or university and two years of professional work experience (see examples below) or two years of law enforcement experience or active military service (honorably discharged or status that current service reflects serving honorably); or


Examples of professional work experience could be, although not limited to: 

Guardian Ad Litem or similar child advocate role 

Family Support Worker  

Group Home Worker 

Teacher's Assistant/Aide 

Daycare Provider/Worker 

Therapeutic Assistant 

Behavioral Health Technician 

Family Intervention Specialist  

Home Health Aide 

Nurse (LPN or RN) or similar profession 

Nursing Facility Assistant  


Other welfare, education or medical professional jobs that occur in high-paced, high-stress environments that require critical decision-making to occur.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


An official letter from the college/university registrar or unofficial transcriptions with anticipated graduation dates and credits earned must be provided for all diploma/degree requirements. 


Proof of conferred degree such as official transcripts or copy of diploma/degree must be provided within 30 days of hire as a condition of employment.


  • Valid Driver License; and
  • Must possess operational private vehicle for use in the performance of daily work activities. Selected candidates are required to provide proof of vehicle registration and documentation of the appropriate insurance coverage within 30 days of employment as a condition of employment. The Department provides a Vehicle Insurance Allowance to assist with the cost of insurance coverage due to the use of private vehicle for work purposes.
  • Ability to attend a 4 - 8-week mandatory training course that could be scheduled during day, weekend, and evening hours.


Special Notes:

  • Language proficiency may be considered in the selection process as determined by Agency needs at the time of selection.
  • May require successful completion of pre-interview assessment or work sample to be eligible for interview.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Following policy and procedures, managing time, assessing, planning, intervening, evaluating, documenting, engaging, teaming, taking appropriate actions related to domestic violence, mental health, and/or substance abuse, establishing effective relationships with colleagues, professional competencies.


Candidate Profile (application) must be completed in its entirety.

  • Include supervisor names and phone numbers for all periods of employment.
  • Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring process is not delayed.
  • Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • It is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering work history.
  • If you experience problems applying online, please call the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287.


Additional Information/Requirements

  • This position will require night, weekend, and holiday work.  It has also been designated as an essential position. 
  • Incumbents are expected to work during emergency situations or natural disasters and may be required to work before, during and beyond normal work hours/days.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to possible hazardous conditions in the field.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits.

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