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Date: Jan 12, 2022

Location: CLEARWATER, FL, US, 33762

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Requisition No: 548446 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle


Position Number: 76002841 

Salary:  $51,627.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 01/26/2022 

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 

 Office of Executive Director



  *Open Competitive Opportunity*


In order to be considered for this position, applicant responses to qualifying questions must be clearly stated within the employment history.  Software systems, actual work experience, and years of employment must be clearly defined, or the application may not be considered for the position. 



Salary: $51,627.00 Annually


Contact Person: Tom Moffett;



Who We Are

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. With a workforce of approximately 4,500 employees throughout the state, the Department is leading the way to A Safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles, and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.


Our Benefits Include

  • Annual and Sick Leave Package
  • Nine Paid Holidays
  • State Health and Life Insurance
  • Educational Benefits
  • Contributory Retirement Plan


To learn more about DHSMV and why it’s a great place to work, visit our website at:


Total Compensation Statement

Your Benefits are a significant part of your state compensation. The total compensation package could be anywhere from $72,243 to $82,895 annually.  The total compensation package includes annual salary, insurance, retirement, leave and holidays.


Position Duties & Responsibilities

  • As the Assistant General Counsel Hearing Officer, you will represent the Bureau of Administrative Reviews by:
  • Conducting formal administrative hearings for the Bureau of Administrative Reviews pursuant to Florida law, including Sections 322.2615, and 322.64, Florida Statutes.
  • Responding to inquiries from customers, including but not limited to members of the public, attorneys, legislators, state officials, and DHSMV investigators, as they relate to legal requirements and DHSMV policies as they apply to license issuance and sanctions.
  • Writing final orders with factual and legal analysis concerning driver licenses or automobile dealerships.
  • Performing other duties as required.


Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position is an attorney with a minimum of three years of legal experience, two of which are as an Assistant State Attorney, Judicial Staff Attorney, Public Defender, or similar. Experience conducting administrative hearings is strongly preferred. An ideal candidate will possess excellent research and writing skills and litigation experience. An ideal candidate will also have an outgoing personality, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and will be able to explain complex legal issues to members of the public.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficiency in criminal, appellate, and/or administrative litigation. 
  • Skill to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.
  • Knowledge and ability to understand Florida statutes, the Florida Administrative Code, federal statutes, case law, rules, regulations, and DHSMV policies and procedures.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to make sound, well-informed and objective decisions.
  • Ability to prepare for and conduct hearings.
  • Ability to work under stressful situations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Position Requirements

The selected applicant must be a member of The Florida Bar (a lawyer) in good standing.


The position you are applying is subject to a Level 2 background along with CJIS security clearance, to include fingerprinting as a condition of employment pursuant to Chapter 110.1127, 435 and 943, Florida Statutes.  As an applicant for positions requiring CJIS security clearance, you are required to disclose criminal records that have been sealed or expunged. 


This position requires the incumbent to have and maintain a valid driver’s license in good standing. A driver’s license history review will be conducted on all candidates in consideration for the position.


Travel is required.



The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment and/or oral interview.

Applicants being considered for employment will be required to submit to a fingerprint-based background investigation, which will include a check of the criminal history records of the FBI.

The process for selecting applicant(s) for this position could take up to six months.  Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement in order to be considered for that vacancy.

DHSMV employees are paid once a month on the last workday of each month. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa