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Assistant General Counsel - 60000081 1 1

Date: Nov 30, 2019

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Requisition No: 86724 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: Assistant General Counsel - 60000081 1 1

Position Number: 60000081 

Salary:  52K-77K 

Posting Closing Date: 12/15/2019 

The Florida Department of Children and Families has set an agency wide goal of reducing families in crisis by 20% before June 2021. Come be a part of the new paradigm and leadership as we work towards this important goal.  The Office of General Counsel is seeking an Assistant General Counsel at its Tallahassee Headquarters. Specifically, this position will oversee and facilitate public records requests to ensure compliance with Florida’s Public Records Law, provide legal analysis and coordinate responses. This position will also perform other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels. An ideal applicant will have a strong interest in protecting vulnerable populations and promoting strong and economically self-sufficient families, excellent academic credentials, and strong writing and communication skills. Our office functions as a team environment, which provides opportunities for our Assistant General Counsels to expand their legal skills and practice proficiency.


The job duties of this position will include:

•    Preparing legal opinions regarding Florida’s public records and open meetings laws. 

•    Processing 10-25+ requests a week (for public information or public records) from various sources including media, lawyers, advocacy groups, private citizens, and other state agency employees.

•    Proactively identifying potential legal issues in the Department’s planning, operation and administration, mainly in the areas of public records and open meetings laws.  Consulting with management and other Department personnel on these issues.

•    Developing curriculum for instruction on Florida’s public records and open meetings laws.  Each curriculum is tailored to what is needed in different program areas within the Department.

•    Representing the Department in litigation involving public records or open meetings and assisting regional attorneys who are involved in similar litigation.

•    Reviewing proposed legislation which may affect the operation or administration of the Department.

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: Tallahassee