Share this Job

GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 6TH CIRCUIT-PARALEGAL SPECIALIST, OPS-21806007

Date:  May 9, 2023
Location: 

CLEARWATER, FL, US, 33762


The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify Website.

Requisition No: 795426 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 6TH CIRCUIT-PARALEGAL SPECIALIST, OPS-21806007

Position Number: 21806007 

Salary:  $15.21 HOURLY 

Posting Closing Date: 07/31/2023 

 

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office

OPS Paralegal Specialist

 

IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website:  WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG to apply for this position:

 

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

OR

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

 

The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers, that 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 a part of a multi-disciplinary team that may include trained volunteers, pro bono attorneys, staff attorneys, and child welfare professionals providing the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s rights and best 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 www.guardianadlitem.org.

 

WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO FULL-TIME OPS POSITION

 

As a full-time OPS employee, your employee insurance rate will be significantly low due to the contribution of the State of Florida. In fact, single coverage is as low as $50 per month with family coverage costing only $180 per month.

  • Participate in FICA social security and Medicare (mandatory)
  • Workers Compensation (mandatory)
  • Unemployment Compensation (mandatory)
  • Participate in Deferred Compensation (voluntary)
  • Participation in group insurance (Only available for employees who work an average of 30 hours or more per week) you may enroll in the $25,000 basic life insurance and pay the entire monthly premium.  OPS employees are not eligible for optional term life insurance.
  • Health Insurance.  OPS employees are eligible for health insurance if they are reasonably expected to work 30 hours or more per week on average.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF WORK

 

This is responsible work performing a variety of paralegal and administrative duties for Guardian ad Litem Attorneys.

         The paralegal may:

  • Cite check, proofread, and finalize legal briefs, subject to supervision.
  • Maintain case files, court calendars, and litigation timetables.
  • Prepare case summaries, pleadings, orders, and summons under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Draft and file pleadings and motions for attorneys.
  • Establish working relationships with State Courts Systems personnel, private attorneys and law firms, outside organizations, and the public.
  • Gather and analyze research data.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 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
  • 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
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any major with substantial writing experience and one year of experience involving paralegal or legal secretarial work.
  • Two years of experience involving paralegal work; or
  • Two years of experience in legal secretarial work.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

  • Knowledge of legal citation and Bluebook.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of law and legal procedure.
  • Knowledge of grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics.
  • Ability to perform legal writing.
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret information.
  • 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.

 

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.


Nearest Major Market: Tampa