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GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 20TH CIRCUIT- ASSISTANT CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER OPS- 21820004

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: FORT MYERS, FL, US, 33901

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Requisition No: 71335 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 20TH CIRCUIT- ASSISTANT CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER OPS- 21820004

Position Number: 21820004 

Salary:  $14.58 PER HOUR 

Posting Closing Date: 08/24/2019 

Guardian ad Litem, 20th Circuit

THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE PEOPLE FIRST WEBSITE.

You may apply for this position at the following website:

www.Guardianadlitem.org

·       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 a resume

·       Select LEE COUNTY for job location

This is a Full-Time OPS position (40 hours per week) with some benefits available.              

This is responsible professional work with a circuit court Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program, coordinating the advocacy of the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Assistant Child Advocate Manager may conduct the following tasks gather information relating to the case and give recommendations and written reports to the court on the best interests of dependent children.  The Assistant Child Advocate Manager may attend court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffing’s, and meetings with the Department of Children and Families, community based care lead agencies and other state, local and private social service agencies. 

The Assistant Child Advocate Manager completes tasks to expedite case work and promote timely permanency objectives.  Extensive contact is made with the Department of Children and Families, local law enforcement agencies, the Office of the State Attorney, schools, teachers, doctors, attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and a variety of other social service agencies and professionals.  The Assistant Child Advocate Manager must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.  Work is performed under stressful conditions and involves contact with individuals involved in emotional and traumatic situations.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Child Advocate Manager II/Team Leader.

This Assistant Child Advocate Manager will assist the child advocate manager team with projects and special needs in efforts to increase representation of children in the Circuit.  Tasks included but not limited to are initial visits, visits for unavailable volunteers, and specializing in various populations of children and families including such  advocating for children with special needs such as children in a state wide psychiatric inpatient facilities and children residing in relative care. 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License. 

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social science, social work, psychology, juvenile justice, child development or a related field.  Knowledge of the child welfare system or experience as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer is preferred.  The Executive Director or designee may make an exception to the training and experience requirements.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Ability to follow instructions and organize work assignments.  Ability to conduct research through the review of documents, phone conferences, home visits, site visits and contacts with professionals and caregivers working with or providing services to children.  Ability to document findings and conclusions in clear statements, written and oral.  Ability to communicate effectively with people from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds, and people involved in emotionally distressing situations.  Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information.  Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others, both internally and externally, including Program volunteers.  Ability to utilize a variety of computer applications, including using programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

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 Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral