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PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 60071873

Date: Sep 7, 2017

Location: BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 19747 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 60071873

Position Number: 60071873 

Salary:  $25,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 09/21/2017 

Florida Department of Children & Families – Children’s Legal Services

 

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to work in our Children’s Legal Services Division, a premier statewide law firm.  This is an excellent opportunity to work among an elite group of dedicated legal child advocates to ensure justice for the children of Florida.

We have excellent benefits including affordable health insurance plans & options, liberal sick leave and annual leave policy, and, a tuition waiver program through state colleges and universities.  We offer (9) nine holidays and (1) one personal day, FRS Investment or FRS Pension plan and numerous pre-tax and post-tax benefit options.

 

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.

 

Annual Salary:  $25,000.00. 

 

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: (Note: The examples of work as listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Examples of work performed are not to be used for allocation purposes.)

  • Takes affidavits from victims and witnesses of incidents under review.
  • Performs legal research for attorneys, subject to supervision.
  • Coordinates inter-agency and intra-agency legal functions.
  • Maintains case files, court calendars, and litigation timetables.
  • Performs notary functions.
  • Prepares case summaries, pleadings, orders, and summons under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Attends hearings to assist counsel.
  • Drafts pleadings, motions and memoranda for attorneys.
  • Participates at informal proceedings where membership in the bar is not required.
  • Maintains court calendars.
  • Entering data timely and accurately into statewide databases.
  • Performs related work as required.

 

  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: (Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) identified in this class specification represent those needed to perform the duties of this class. Additional knowledge, skills and abilities may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of law and legal procedure.
  • Ability to conduct fact-finding interviews.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret information.
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.
  • Ability to record information accurately.
  • Ability to perform legal writing.
  • Ability to maintain files.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

     

  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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
  • Graduation from a school of law; 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.

 

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.

          

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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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 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.  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