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FDC-SENIOR ATTORNEY-70003205-CENTRAL OFFICE (LEON) TALLAHASSEE, FL

Date: Jan 19, 2022

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 517281 

Agency: Department of Corrections

Working Title: FDC-SENIOR ATTORNEY-70003205-CENTRAL OFFICE (LEON) TALLAHASSEE, FL

Position Number: 70003205 

Salary:  $65,920.14 - $70,040.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/06/2022 

***OPEN COMPETITIVE ADVERTISEMENT***

Senior Attorney - 70003205

This advertisement is for a Selected Exempt Services (SES) position located in the Office of General Counsel.

SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT PAY POLICY.

Salary Range: $65,920.14 - $70,040.00 Annually

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Gives legal advice and assistance daily to the Florida Department of Corrections regarding issues generated by employees, inmates, probationers, parolees and/or the public;
  • Represents the Florida Department of Corrections before federal and state courts and administrative bodies;
  • Reviews agency policies;
  • Prepares legal pleadings in civil and administrative actions at trial and appellate level;
  • Reviews written materials for legal sufficiency;
  • Serves as legal advisor to department administrators, rendering legal opinions concerning the application of state and federal statues and administrative rules;
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and Attorney Supervisor;
  • Handles 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; and,
  • Is responsible for all matters related to such representation, including, but not limited to: reviewing 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.
  • The sections within the Bureau consist of a personnel section, contracts section, inmate litigation section and administration section. This position will report to the Attorney Supervisor of the Administration Section of the Office of the General Counsel, but applicants may be considered for vacancies in any section of the office;
  • Attorneys in the Administration Section advise agency staff on constitutional conditions of confinement, institutional, operational and programming questions, sentence structure and inmate grievances, promulgate rules for the agency, coordinate the bureau’s review of legislative bills, advise agency staff on ethics inquiries, respond to questions from field staff, and participate in mental treatment hearings;
  • Attorneys in the personnel section render advice to staff regarding personnel related issues, and review draft disciplinary letters and final agency letters to ensure that the details of the charge are given, appropriate disciplinary violations are cited and that just cause exists to support the charges; they also represent the department before the Public Employees Relations Commission and other administrative tribunals regarding disciplinary matters; 
  • Attorneys in the contracts section draft and render advice to staff regarding and review for legal sufficiency bids, requests for proposals, and contracts; they also represent the department before administrative agencies and tribunals and in court in bid award disputes, contract disputes, leasehold disputes, construction related claims and other matters; 
  • Attorneys in the litigation section monitor litigation involving the agency, participate in discovery and settlements, and advise on agency compliance with subpoenas and public record requests; 
  • The candidate selected for this position will be given responsibilities in one or more sections at any given time, depending upon the needs of the office, and will be responsible for handling matters which are legally complex and/or sensitive in nature, as well as routine assignments;
  • The General Counsel’s office also represents the agency in garnishment proceedings and advises department staff and provides legal representation regarding subpoenas, public records requests, and requests generated by the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSA’s):

 

  • Knowledge of constitutional law, civil litigation, administrative law, Florida’s legislative process, criminal sentencing, ethics, open government and/or health care law;
  • Skill in writing and research;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including arguing motions and objections;
  • Ability to research, summarize and provide advice on disparate legal issues as needs dictate;
  • Knowledge of legal terminology;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of jurisprudence;
  • Knowledge of civil and criminal law and procedure;
  • Knowledge of court proceedings;
  • Ability to clearly explain the facts of a case and the legal issues involved;
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing, or, if a member of another state bar, the ability to take the Florida Bar within 6 months;
  • Must possess at least two (2) years of experience as an attorney.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Membership in the Federal District Courts

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 experience problems applying on-line, please call People First service center at 1-877-562-7287. Or, you may fax a State of Florida Application to 888-403-2110.

The Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. However, applicants claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  Documentation is based on the type of veteran preference claim.  For information on the supporting documentation required, click here.

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.

Successful applicant must pass a background screening and fingerprinting.

Successful completion of a urine drug test will be a condition of employment.

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.


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