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GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 5TH CIRCUIT-SUPERVISING ATTORNEY - 21012735

Date: Oct 12, 2020

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Requisition No: 250302 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM, 5TH CIRCUIT-SUPERVISING ATTORNEY - 21012735

Position Number: 21012735 

Salary:  $56,200.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/30/2020 

Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office

Guardian ad Litem Managing 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 MARION COUNTY for job location

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

Incumbent may be located within any of the following 5TH Circuit counties:  MARION, CITRUS, HERNANDO, SUMTER and LAKE.

THIS IS A RE-ADVERTISEMENT AND PREVIOUS APPLICANTS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT RE-APPLY.

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 WORK

This is highly responsible work providing leadership regarding the practice of law, legal counsel and representation to a judicial circuit's Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program.  The Managing Attorney assists the GAL Circuit Director in the implementation of policies and procedures in consultation with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office.  Managing Attorneys are working supervisors and are responsible for monitoring/litigating the most complex and/or sensitive cases involving the GAL Program's representation as to the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children.  In addition to Managing the legal practice, incumbents in this class may serve as administrative supervisors responsible for communicating with, motivating, training and evaluating employees’ performance; planning and directing their work; and recommending hiring, rewarding or disciplining subordinate employees. The Managing Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further each child’s best interests.  The Managing Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.

The incumbent provides timely and accurate legal advice and representation on complex operational issues originating in the dependency court system.  Incumbents in this class also serve as a liaison between the GAL Program, the community and the courts.  The Managing Attorney works with GAL Program staff and volunteers to ensure they understand applicable legal issues and court procedures.  Working relationships must be established with judges, the Department of Children and Families, community based care lead agencies 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 day-to-day supervision of a GAL Circuit Director.  Practice of law is overseen by the Legal Regional Counsel.

ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in the Florida Bar and five years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of dependency law.  Trial experience is essential.  Supervisory experience is preferred.  An exception for the required experience may be granted by the Executive Director or designee.

ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Legal skills and knowledge of Ch. 39, F.S., sufficient to effectively represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings. Admission to the Florida Bar in good standing.  Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.  Ability to organize, develop and deliver presentations.  Knowledge of Guardian ad Litem Program policies and procedures, regulations and the legal environment within which they operate.  Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in child welfare.  Ability to apply principles and practices of effective supervision; plan, organize, prioritize, assign, and delegate work; evaluate staff performance.  

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: Ocala