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Date: Jun 9, 2018

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301

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Requisition No: 30850 

Agency: Office of the Attorney General


Position Number: 41000999 

Salary:  $39,000 - $45,000 

Posting Closing Date: 06/27/2018 

This is a re-advertisement. Prior applicants need not apply.


INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT:  The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state’s laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  To be considered for the position all applicants must:


Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, part-time employment, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained.  Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position.


Verify that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume.  Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.


The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.


Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.  


OAG employees are paid biweekly.  All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.



Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

SPECIAL NOTE: Must become a member of the Florida Bar within 12 months of appointment to a position in this class.



This position requires as a prerequisite to employment a degree of Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar. This position requires the ability to push or pull at least 75 pounds and the ability to lift at least 25 pounds  


An Attorney - Assistant Attorney General provides legal representation in the area of dependency for the Department of Children and Families (DCF), pursuant to the contract between the agency and DCF, and at the direction of a supervising attorney and/or a Special Counsel, and/or a bureau Chief. This includes providing legal representation to DCF as well as any Community Based Care provider and Sheriff’s Office that contracts with DCF, in all aspects of dependency law, including, but not limited to: shelter hearings, mediation, adjudicatory hearings, motions relating to placement and/or care, judicial reviews, termination of parental rights trials, appeals, and contested adoptions. All legal representation is provided in a manner that promotes justice and ensures the health and safety of children and the integrity of families. 


Responsibilities include: 


Preparation for and provision of legal representation at hearings, trials, and appeals in state courts. Participation in staffings, case management conferences, mediations, and other forms of informal dispute resolution. Maintaining regular and frequent communication with DCF and/or any subcontracted agencies and their staff. 


Attendance criminal and family court proceedings ancillary to pending dependency and cases. 


Preparation and/or oversight of the preparation and filing of all legal documents in a timely manner as has been established by OAG-CLS policy. This includes: drafting, review, and signing of all legally required documents filed with the court in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings. Such documents may include, but are not limited to: petitions, proposed orders, pleadings, motions, discovery, case plans, affidavits, predisposition reports, judicial review social study reports, and notices. This position requires computer literacy and the ability to work without the assistance of a secretary or paralegal. 


Conducting legal research and interpreting statutes, regulations, rules, and operating procedures. Providing legal advice and analysis to DCF and any subcontracted agencies and their staff. This includes serving as an on-call attorney at night and on weekends and holidays when requested.  


Attendance at and participation in community staffing, meetings, and training pertaining to child abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  


Serving as a liaison with the child welfare community, such as, but not limited to: judges, judicial assistants, bailiffs, court clerks, court administrators, state attorneys, court appointed counsels, guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, psychologists, and social services program providers. 


Maintaining and overseeing timely maintenance of case tracking system(s) for all cases assigned.  


Maintaining case files in a professional and organized manner. 


Ensuring all confidentiality laws are strictly followed. 


Completion of any other related work in association with or as directed by a Supervising Attorney, a Special Counsel, the bureau Chief, or any other person in the chain of command. 



Criminal court experience and appellate experience strongly preferred. Demonstrated interest in children's legal issues required.


VETERAN RECRUITMENT STATEMENT:   The OAG values the service provided by veterans and their families and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply, pursuant to chapter 295, Florida statutes.  However, applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, dd form214 member copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by rule 55a-7, Florida administrative code.  All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  For information on the supporting documentation required, click here .  If you have trouble attaching the documentation, contact our HR office at 850-414-3900.


PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT:   The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287.  If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:   All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S.  The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.  


We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.


E-VERIFY STATEMENT:   The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify).  E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the united states after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).


REMINDERS:   Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will 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: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami