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Date:  Feb 5, 2023

BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 780202 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 60070665

Position Number: 60070665 

Salary:  agency to update 

Posting Closing Date: 02/12/2023 

Description: This is work assisting lawyers in the Children’s Legal Services program by preparing legal documents, scheduling court events, filing and serving legal documents, and preparing discovery.  The work is challenging but incredibly rewarding.

Location:  Polk County. Applicants interested in working in counties/cities other than Polk County will need to apply for positions advertised for those specific areas on the People First System.

Annual Salary: $37,000.08. Internal salary appointments are determined according to DCF Salary policy.

Job Responsibilities/Examples of Work May Include: 

  • Preparing legal documents;
  • Coordinating service of process;
  • Maintaining case files;
  • Maintaining court calendars;
  • Maintaining litigation timetables;
  • Filing pleadings and other legal documents with the clerk of court;
  • Performing legal research for attorneys, subject to supervision.
  • Coordinating inter-agency and intra-agency legal functions.
  • Performing notary functions;
  • Attending hearings to assist counsel;
  • Assisting witnesses with court proceedings; and
  • Entering data timely and accurately into statewide databases.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Completion of a training program to become a legal assistant, a paralegal, a legal paraprofessional or a lawyer's or attorney's assistant; or
  • A degree or certificate in legal technology, legal administration, legal studies or allied legal services; or
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in allied legal services; or
  • Two years of experience involving paralegal work; or
  • Two years of experience in legal secretarial work.

Special Note:

  • Incumbents in this position may be required to transport files (up to 25 lbs.) to and from the courthouse regularly.
  • Some Agency positions may require successful completion of pre-interview assessment or work sample prior to interview.
  • Ability to speak/read/write Spanish/Creole/French or other foreign language may be considered in the selection process as determined by Agency need at time of interview.

It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.



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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland