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Date: Nov 29, 2019

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Requisition No: 83149 

Agency: Division of Emergency Management

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 31001704

Position Number: 31001704 

Salary:  $51,500 - $60,000 

Posting Closing Date: 12/20/2019 

Senior Attorney Select Exempt Service (SES)

Salary range: $51,500 to $60,000 (Salary commensurate with experience)

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will assist the General Counsel in providing legal assistance, guidance, and representation for the Division and requires working in a team environment.


Provides legal assistance and representation for the Division of Emergency Management including the Director, Deputy Director, Bureau Chiefs and other Division managers in coordination with the Deputy General Counsel. 


Provides guidance and assistance to other governmental entities (state and local) and the public relating to Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, in coordination with the Deputy General Counsel. 


Provides legal advice to Division staff relating to Chapter 287, Florida Statutes, regarding Division procurement and contracting procedures, statutes, regulations, rulemaking, and decisions determining the interests of third parties in coordination with the Deputy General Counsel. 


Provides legal representation for the Division in judicial and administrative proceedings and appeals in coordination with the Deputy General Counsel. 


Coordinates with the Deputy General Counsel on responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) complaints.


Performs legal review of Division procurements, grants, subgrants, contractual service agreements, contracts, memoranda of understanding, memoranda of agreement, and other such agreements.


Assists Deputy General Counsel in drafting Executive Orders (Emergency Management), Division Emergency Orders based on the Governor’s Executive Order, and requests for disaster declaration under the Stafford Act.


During an activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), provide legal support to the State Coordinating Officer and the State Emergency Response Team and other such legal duties as directed by General Counsel. 


This position may be required to work extraordinary hours during an activation of the SEOC.


This position may require travel from time to time.


Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Member in good standing with the Florida Bar and at least two years of professional experience in the practice of law.


Demonstrated abilities in legal writing, researching legal issues, and providing legal opinions.


Knowledge of Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, and experience with administrative proceedings.


Knowledge of Chapter 287, Florida Statutes, and experience with the interpretation and application of the State of Florida’s purchasing/procurement statutes, rules, regulations, and processes.


Knowledge of Chapter 252, Florida Statutes and/or emergency management programs and functions.


Knowledge of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, Public Records and Sunshine law


Knowledge of Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations 200 (Grants and Agreements).


Knowledge of Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Emergency Management and Assistance) and The Stafford Act.


Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Skill and ability to communicate orally and in writing.


Ability to work in teams as well as prioritize duties in a dynamic work environment.


Ability to work non-traditional hours.



The Division of Emergency Management (Division) plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters. These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power. The Division prepares and implements a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities.


The Division is the state's liaison with federal and local agencies on emergencies of all kinds. Division staff members provide technical assistance to local governments as they prepare emergency plans and procedures. Division staff also conduct emergency operations training for state and local governmental agencies.


The Division maintains a primary State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee. The SEOC serves as the communications and command center for reporting emergencies and coordinating state response activities. The Division also operates the State Warning Point, a state emergency communications center staffed 24 hours each day. The center maintains statewide communications with county emergency officials.


After a disaster, the Division conducts damage assessment surveys and advises the Governor on whether to declare an emergency and seek federal relief funds. In response to emergency events, the Division employees may be required to work irregular hours, to work more than 8 hours per day, to work extended periods (including weekends and holidays), to work at locations other than their official headquarters, and to perform duties in addition to those outlined in the employee’s position description. 



Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will 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. 


DEM appreciates the service and sacrifices made by veterans and their family members. Further, DEM recognizes the immeasurable value veterans bring to the workplace and is committed to increasing the number of veterans that serve in its workforce.



It is the policy of the Florida Division of Emergency Management that any applicants who will be considered or recommended for employment undergo Level 2 background screening.  This is in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, Florida Statutes, as a condition of employment. Level 2 back ground screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for Statewide criminal and juvenile records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Federal criminal records checks through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.

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