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GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 3RD CIRCUIT-PROGRAM ATTORNEY - 21013558

Date:  Jun 2, 2022
Location: 

LAKE CITY, FL, US, 32025


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Requisition No: 610823 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 3RD CIRCUIT-PROGRAM ATTORNEY - 21013558

Position Number: 21013558 

Salary:  $45,467.77 

Posting Closing Date: 07/31/2022 

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office

Anticipated Vacancy Program Attorney

 

IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website:  WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG to apply for this position:

 

  • 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 your current resume
  • Select COLUMBIA COUNTY for 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 GAL Application to the following:
  • Email:   allison.gill@gal.fl.us
  • Fax:    386-364-5419
  • Mail: 

         Guardian Ad Litem

         1361 Ohio Ave. N

         Live Oak, FL 32064   

             

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

 

The Guardian ad Litem Program is Florida’s award winning, state-funded, child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 volunteers and 900 employees, its primary focus is powerful and effective “best interests” advocacy for Florida’s abused, neglected and abandoned children.  Most of these children are abruptly removed from their homes and sadly end up in out of home care. The Program’s mission – “FOR CHILDREN” – is achieved through operating an innovative partnership of local community volunteer advocates and professional staff.  Utilizing a unique “child advocacy team” approach, the Program strives to ensure that all dependent children receive quality legal representation, a safe place to live and increased focus on their physical, educational and emotional needs.  The Program’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 Guardian ad Litem Program can be found at the WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG website.

 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

 

This is highly responsible entry level work in a developing capacity, providing legal counsel and representation to a circuit Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program which advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children involved in dependency proceedings.

 

ABOUT THE WORK

 

The Program Attorney provides legal representation in court on behalf of the GAL Program, files pleadings and motions, and attends depositions, mediations and staffings with social service agencies, GAL employees and volunteers concerning children represented by the GAL Program.  The Program Attorney reviews case files to identify legal issues, and participates in the development and implementation of case strategies.  The Program Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further the child’s best interests.  The Program Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.

Incumbents in this class provide legal advice and support to the GAL Circuit Director, the Managing Attorney and to the GAL Program generally, and may assist in recruiting, training and assisting pro bono and contract attorneys working with the GAL Program at the discretion of the Managing Attorney.  Working relationships must be established with judges, 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 Managing Attorney.

 

ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

Possession of legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings.  Ability to develop an understanding of juvenile law and the GAL Program.  Ability to advocate effectively in court on behalf of the GAL Program. 

Ability to conduct legal research and to draft and file pleadings, motions and appellate briefs on behalf of the GAL Program.  Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally and deal tactfully with individuals involved in litigation and stressful situations.  Ability to work with individuals from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.  Ability to utilize a personal computer, including using software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

 

ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

 

The following are education and experience requirements for prospective Program Attorney position candidates. Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License and graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and admission to the Florida Bar. THIS POSITION MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SENIOR PROGRAM ATTORNEY AT A HIGHER RATE OF PAY WITH ADDITIONAL DEPENDENCY 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: Lake City