Share this Job


Date: Sep 5, 2017

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301

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

Requisition No: 19648 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21012845 

Salary:  Negotiable 

Posting Closing Date: 09/22/2017 

Guardian ad Litem Program, 17th Judicial Circuit.

The Guardian ad Litem Program DOES NOT accept applications on People First. You may apply online for this position at the following website:

or mail your application to:
Guardian ad Litem
612 S Andrews Avenue
Suite 1000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Or Fax:

Fax: 954-831-7096

Or Email:



This is highly responsible work providing leadership regarding the practice of law, legal counsel and representation to a judicial circuit's Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. The Supervising Attorney assists the GAL Circuit/Program Director regarding the implementation of policies and procedures in consultation with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Supervising Attorneys are working supervisors and are responsible for monitoring/litigating the most complex and/or sensitive cases involving the GAL Program's representation as to the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children. In addition to supervising the legal practice, incumbents in this class may serve as administrative supervisors responsible for communicating with, motivating, training and evaluating employees’ performance; planning and directing their work; and recommending hiring, rewarding or disciplining subordinate employees. The Supervising Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further the child’s best interests.  The Supervising Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court. In addition to providing timely and accurate legal advice and representation on complex operational issues originating in the dependency court system, the Supervising Attorney, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel, advises on administrative matters to the Circuit/Program Director and staff including but not limited to media issues, employment issues and claims by third parties against the GAL Program. Incumbents in this class also serve as a liaison between the GAL Program, the community and the courts by speaking to community groups in order to provide information to the public regarding GAL Program issues; and building support for the GAL Program. The Supervising Attorney works with GAL Program staff to develop and implement volunteer training to ensure community volunteers understand applicable legal issues and court procedures. Working relationships must be established with judges, the Office of the State Attorney, the Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies, community organizations, local law enforcement, attorneys, and the public.  Work involves contact with people in stressful situations and with sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed under the supervision of a GAL Circuit Director.


Graduation from an accredited law school, member in good standing of The Florida Bar, and three years of experience in the practice of dependency law.  Some supervisory experience is preferred.


Possession of legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings as evidenced by admission to The Florida Bar. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to develop and deliver presentations. Knowledge of Guardian ad Litem Program policies and procedures, regulations and the legal environment within which they operate. Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise. Ability to learn and apply principals and practices of effective supervision; plan, organize, prioritize, assign, and delegate work; evaluate staff performance; present and conduct complex trials, appeals and administrative hearings; give sound legal advice, instructions, and counsel to subordinates; work independently; perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to complex legal problems; present statements of law, facts, and arguments clearly, logically, and forcefully, in both written and oral format; negotiate settlements; maintain confidentiality and objectivity; manage an assigned caseload; operate personal computers and use computer applications used by the GAL Program; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; understand and accept differences in human behavior and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Work primarily in an office environment including sitting at a desk working with computer equipment, on the phone and meeting with clients for prolonged periods; regularly working with files and with general office equipment; travel to and present cases in the Court.

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