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Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 147943 

Agency: Department of Corrections


Position Number: 70005951 

Salary:  $45,000.02 

Posting Closing Date: 03/15/2021 


Attorney – 70005951

This advertisement is for a SES position located at Central Office  in the Office of General Counsel

Salary Rate: $45,000.02



  • The chosen candidate will represent the Department of Corrections before federal and state courts and administrative bodies; review agency policies; prepare legal pleadings in civil and administrative actions at trial and appellate levels; review written materials for legal sufficiency; serve as legal advisor to Department administrators, review, analyze and draft proposed legislation; by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel; give legal advise and assistance on a daily basis regarding issues generated by employees, inmates, probationers, parolees and/or the public; handle telephone and written requests from agency staff for legal administrative tribunals and state and federal trial and appellate courts; be responsible for all matters related to representation including reviewing evidence, researching the law, drafting pleadings and memoranda, conducting and responding to discover, prepping and interviewing witness, proving legal representations at hearings and trials, writing briefs and representing the agency at appellate oral arguments.
  • This position is located within the Human Resource and Community Corrections Unit of the Office of the General Counsel. The chosen candidate will; review proposed discipline action for legal authority and sufficiency; represent the Department before the Public Employees Relations Commission; represent the Department in arbitrations pursuant to the States’s Collective Bargaining Agreements; autho the Department’s position statements for cases filed before the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; represent the Department in overpayment cases and FCHR cases before the Division of Administrative Hearings; review Department policies and procedures related to Human Resources and Community Corrections; conduct review of proposed litigation for assigned program areas; represent the Department in employment cases in circuit courts and appellate courts; provide legal advise regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, public sector collective bargaining, career service appeals, grievance arbitration, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Employment Act, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, Affordable Care Act, Family & Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Florida Drug Free Workplace Act, Employment Torts, Workers Compensation, Criminal Punishment Code Worksheets, Sex Offender Registration, Duty to Uphold/Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence and Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision; represent the Department in garnishment proceedings; advise and provide legal representation regarding subpoenas and public records request.
  • Gives legal advice and assistance on a daily basis regarding issues generated by employees, inmates, probationers, parolees and/or the public.  The incumbent will handle telephone and written requests from agency staff for legal assistance, and will conduct legal research and issue legal opinions, as needed.
  • Represents the department and its officials in litigation matters before administrative tribunals and before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as requested.  Assists in all matters related to such representation, including, but not limited to, reviewing the evidence, researching the law, drafting pleadings and memoranda, conducting and responding to discovery, prepping and interviewing witnesses, providing legal representation at the hearing or trial, writing briefs, and representing the agency at appellate oral arguments.
  • Renders legal advice and provide legal assistance regarding the following matters:  Contracts, bids and requests for proposals; construction and environmental law; personnel/labor relations issues, including all legal matters related to employee discipline, grievances, consultations and/or negotiations with collective bargaining unit representatives, interpretation and/or administration of collective bargaining agreements, discrimination and disability law, and other state and/or federal personnel related law and/or regulations; inmate sentence structure; inmate grievances; correctional law and community control issues; rules, policies, procedures and legislation; public records requests, including requests from capital collateral regional counsel; subpoenas; and, garnishments.
  • The administrative tribunals in which department attorneys generally appear are the Public Employees Relations Commission and the Division of Administrative Hearings. 


  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of juris prudence.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
  • Civil and criminal law and procedure, court proceedings, labor and employment law.
  • Chapter 941-949 Florida Statutes, constitutional law, ethics, administrative law, open government and public records law and/or health care law.
  • Must have skill in writing and research
  • Ability to research, summarize and provide advice on disparate legal issues as needs dictate, clearly explain the facts of a case and the legal issues involved.
  • Provide legal counsel.
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws and rules.
  • Ability to prepare and conduct litigation.
  • Ability to perform legal research.
  • Ability to conduct hearings.
  • Ability to relate one law or precedent to another case.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to prepare various legal documents.
  • Ability to prepare and present trial and appellate briefs, pleadings and oral arguments.
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Please note, when submitting a college/university degree, if selected for this position official transcripts will be required.

  • Must be a current member of the Florida Bar with good standing or eligible for admission to the Florida Bar

Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date.

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