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Date: Feb 6, 2019

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33309

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Requisition No: 53763 

Agency: Department of Transportation

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 55013668

Position Number: 55013668 

Salary:  $65,000.00 - $85,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 02/20/2019 



450 / District 4 Chief Counsel





CONTACT PERSON:  Rafael Garcia, Chief Counsel, 3400 West Commercial Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33309

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: (954) 777-4504


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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.


THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES AND SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.  QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance. 


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to District staff concerning the day-to-day operations and business of the Department, including the negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts, funding agreements, joint project agreements, joint participation agreements, intergovernmental agreements, permits, and agreements concerning the use of Department right-of-way and acquisition of interests in real estate, consistent with the direction and advice provided on a statewide basis, as established by the General Counsel.


Responsible for providing legal representation in all phases of eminent domain proceedings, including research, the preparation of pleadings, discovery, preparation of witnesses, hearings, settlement negotiations, and trial.  Responsible for preparing real estate conveyance documents.  Responsible for representation in defense of the Department in claims of inverse condemnation, as assigned.

Responsible for thoroughly researching all state and federal statutes, court cases, rules, and regulations affecting the operations of the District offices that the attorney may be assigned to specifically and regularly advise and represent.  Expected to be familiar with the operations of those offices and to advise responsible personnel in those offices regarding their legal powers and duties, how the law affects their operations, and the implementation of policies and rules.

Provides support to Department attorneys representing the Department in claims and litigation against and by the Department.  Assists with responding to public records requests and subpoenas, as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of litigation and civil rules of procedure and practice and Government In the Sunshine Law. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communications. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Ability to utilize problem solving techniques.  Ability to work independently.  Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.  Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.  Ability to use word processing, graphic presentation software, database, and mainframe applications.




OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a Level I Background Check and requires overnight travel.

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