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Date: Feb 7, 2018

Location: KEY WEST, FL, US, 33040

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Requisition No: 29596 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21012940 

Salary:  $36,525.10 

Posting Closing Date: 02/18/2018 

Guardian ad Litem Program, 16th Circuit.

The Guardian ad Litem Program cannot accept applications or resumes  submitted through People First.

You may apply online for this position at the following website:
or by mail to:

Lacy Caraballo
5503 College Rd, Suite 206

Key West, FL 33040
or via email:
or via fax: 305-295-3659

This is responsible professional work coordinating the advocacy of the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Child Advocate Manager may personally conduct the following tasks, or may supervise a group of volunteers who, gather information relating to the case and give recommendations and written reports to the court on the best interests of dependent children. The Child Advocate Manager may personally or may oversee the work of volunteers as they, 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 and community organizations. 

The Child Advocate Manager may carry out or assign tasks to volunteers to expedite case work and promote timely permanency objectives. Extensive contact is made with the Department of Children and Families, community based care lead agencies, local law enforcement agencies, schools, teachers, doctors, attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and a variety of other social service agencies and professionals. The 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 Senior Child Advocate Manager, Program Director or Circuit Director.


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, and two years of experience in a program of child welfare, social service, counseling, teaching, or supervising volunteers.  An exception for the required training and experience may be granted by the Executive Director or designee.


Knowledge of Florida Statutes relating to child protection. Knowledge of the principles and dynamics of child development. Knowledge of the issues and dynamics of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health. Knowledge of social services available to children and families. Knowledge of the operations of the Florida State Courts System and the Guardian ad Litem Program.  Ability to communicate effectively with people from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds, and people involved in emotionally distressing situations. Ability to supervise and coordinate case work activities of volunteers. Ability to manage, encourage and motivate volunteers. Ability to maintain proper documentation on case activity and to prepare or assist in the preparation of detailed court reports recommending a course of action for children. Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with individuals involved in litigation and stressful situations.

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: Key West