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GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 17TH CIRUCIT- CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015426

Date:  Jan 31, 2023
Location: 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301


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Requisition No: 734859 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 17TH CIRUCIT- CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015426

Position Number: 21015426 

Salary:  $38,425.32 

Posting Closing Date: 03/02/2023 

 

STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE

GUARDIAN AD LITEM CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER

 

IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website:  www.guardianadlitem.org to apply for this position:

 

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

 

(PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THE PEOPLE FIRST WEBSITE)

 

  • You may also email, fax or mail your Cover Letter, Resume and Guardian ad Litem Application to the following:
  • Email:   C17.Apps@gal.fl.gov
  • Fax:    954-831-7096
  • Mail:  Guardian ad Litem Office

Attention:  Samantha Matalon

612 S. Andrews Avenue

Suite 1000

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

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.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

 

This is a highly independent, responsible position focused on achieving the Guardian ad Litem Office’s primary mission:  to represent every child under the jurisdiction of Florida’s dependency courts. This position works on a multi-disciplinary team that may include trained volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and staff attorneys to provide the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s rights and best interests. In this position, you may work directly with children, as a Staff Advocate, or work with children though assigned volunteers, as a Volunteer Supervisor, or by a combination of the two roles.  The Guardian ad Litem Office offers excellent benefits, affordable health insurance plans and options, sick and annual leave policies, free life insurance, a tuition waiver program, holiday schedule and qualified participation in the Florida Retirement System (FRS).

 

ABOUT THE WORK

 

The Child Advocate Manager I position encompasses a broad range of managerial, consultative, administrative, advocacy and leadership activities.  The Child Advocate Manager may also supervise a group of GAL child advocate volunteers.  Some examples of a “typical” working day may include the following:

 

  • Consulting with GAL attorneys , senior child advocate managers and members of the child advocacy team
  • Overseeing the work of GAL child advocate volunteers
  • Gathering and documenting pertinent case information
  • Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the advocacy team or to the court
  • Preparing written reports to the court
  • Attending internal and external case-related court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffings and meetings
  • Visiting or consulting with assigned caseload children, caregivers, schools or service providers
  • Utilizing the organization’s database and reporting systems
  • Participating in internal and external training, meetings and conferences

 

ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

The following are desirable knowledge, skills, abilities and traits for prospective Child Advocate Manager I position candidates:

 

  • Self-motivated and achievement oriented
  • Strong desire to learn and pursue personal development
  • Ability to take direction and work as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively interact with and/or influence people of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to exercise discretion, respect privacy and maintain confidentiality
  • Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral, written and computer literacy skills
  • Able to maintain a professional and effective demeanor in emotional or traumatic situations
  • Ability to coach, instruct and motivate volunteers
  • Knowledge of case management, social support services and concepts of child development
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health
  • Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes relating to child welfare and protection

 

ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

 

The following are education and experience requirements for prospective Child Advocate Manager position candidates:

 

  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in sociology, social work, psychology, child development, education, juvenile justice, communications, or a related social science
  • Two years of experience in a program focusing on child welfare, social service, counseling, teaching, or supervising volunteers desired but not required
  • All individuals hired after February 1, 2020, must obtain a Child Advocate Manager Certification offered by the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of hire date.
  • Maintain certification during the duration of employment.  Agency pays costs of certification.

 

(Please note: The Executive Director or designee may grant an exception for the required education and experience.)

 

 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: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami