GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 10TH CIRCUIT - Senior Attorney - 21013950

Date:  Jan 25, 2024

BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 815899 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 10TH CIRCUIT - Senior Attorney - 21013950

Position Number: 21013950 

Salary:  $60,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 04/30/2024 






IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website: to apply for this position:


  • Click on the “Career Opportunities” icon.
  • Scroll down to the link, “Submit Your Guardian ad Litem Employment Application Here.”
  • Complete the “mini” job application and attach your current resume.
  • Select POLK COUNTY for the job location




The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers, which includes more than 180 attorneys, its primary focus is the powerful and effective representation of Florida’s abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Most of these children are abruptly removed from their homes, and sadly, many end up in foster care.  The Office’s mission is to provide the most vulnerable children in Florida with an adult from their community who will be a consistent, positive presence in the child's life as part of a multi-disciplinary team that always includes an attorney, child welfare professional and hopefully a community volunteer if one is available, providing the highest quality community advocacy and independent legal representation to protect each child's legal interests.


A critical function is to provide dependency judges with thorough and accurate information regarding the children under the court’s jurisdiction. The Office’s core values strongly reinforce and enhance its mission. Those values are:

  • Commitment to Children
  • Communication Built on Trust
  • Collective Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Courtesy


An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found at



As an employee with the State of Florida, your benefits are a significant part of your compensation with 19 percent of your total compensation coming from the benefits that the State offers. As a fulltime employee, your insurance rate will be significantly low due to the contribution of the State of Florida. In fact, single coverage is as low as $8.34 per month with family coverage costing only $30 per month.

While the rates are higher for halftime employees, health insurance options are still available to you as long as you are in a salaried position.



  • State of Florida Retirement package – Pension or investment plan (3% employee contribution required)
  • (9) Paid state holidays
  • (1) Paid personal holiday
  • (13) Paid sick leave days
  • (176) Annual leave hours
  • Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions.  Employee may purchase additional coverage
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, disability, etc. 
  • Florida Bar annual dues are paid for by the Agency, contingent upon agency approval
  • Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • No State of Florida income tax for residents of Florida
  • No mandatory night/weekend/holiday scheduled work
  • State Tuition Waiver Program

An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found at




The Guardian ad Litem Office Senior Attorney is a highly responsible position providing guardian ad litem legal representation for children under the jurisdiction of Florida’s dependency courts. The incumbent will represent the independent legal interests of each individual child using the best interest standard of representation in the cases assigned by the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Work is performed under the supervision of the Managing Attorney or his or her designee.




  • The Senior Attorney may function as the attorney in a three-member multi-disciplinary guardian ad litem team or as an attorney guardian ad litem, representing each child with a focus on timely achievement of permanency and normalcy for the child.
  • The work involves contact with people in stressful situations, and the incumbent must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court. 
  • The incumbent reviews case files to identify legal issues, conducts an independent investigation of the facts of the case, researches and develops legal strategies for the cases, files pleadings, and motions, and attends court proceedings including, but not limited to, hearings, depositions, and mediations, and meets with Guardian ad Litem staff, witnesses, collateral contacts pertinent to the case, and the children represented by the Office.
  • The Senior Attorney represents, advocates, and negotiates for the assigned children inside and outside the courtroom. Senior Attorneys assist other Guardian ad Litem Attorneys in developing and implementing case strategies. The incumbent also performs other duties assigned by management.
  • Incumbents in this class report directly to the Managing Attorney of their assigned Circuit for all activities related to the practice of law; and also works under the operational and administrative supervision of the Circuit Director.




  • Possession of legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the children assigned to the Guardian ad Litem Office in legal proceedings as evidenced by admission to The Florida Bar.
  • Extensive knowledge of juvenile law and guardian ad litem legal representation for children. Ability to advocate effectively in court on behalf of the child.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with individuals involved in litigation and stressful situations. Ability to work with individuals from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer, including software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.




  • A valid Florida Driver’s License is required.
  • Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in the Florida Bar and two years of experience in the practice of dependency law.  Candidates may be considered pending admission if granted by the Executive Director or their designee.
  • Trial experience strongly preferred. An exception for the required experience may be granted by the Executive Director or their designee.


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.





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.

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