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Date: Jan 5, 2019

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 49972 

Agency: Economic Opportunity

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 40000184

Position Number: 40000184 

Salary:  $52,000 - $60,000 per year 

Posting Closing Date: 01/25/2019 

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As a condition of pre-employment eligibility, a Level 2 security background screening is required, which consists of fingerprinting and a check of local, state and national law enforcement records. 


In order to be considered for this position, applicant responses to the qualifying questions, software systems, actual work experience, years of employment and hours worked per week must be clearly defined within your work history, or the application may not be considered for the position.



  • Must be a team-oriented and have an ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to engender confidence from agency leadership.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge of Chapter 120 administrative proceedings.
  • Working knowledge/experience using Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively individual and group settings, both verbally and in writing.


The attorney in this position provides legal services to Department administrators under the direction of the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel, and the Attorney Supervisor. The duties are to:

  • Serve as legal counsel to the Department divisions on various issues and matters, including providing assistance in developing policies and agreements and reviewing and interpreting federal laws and regulations and state law.
  • Assist with Department procurement and contracting by providing legal opinions, developing procurement documents and contracts, attending public meetings, and reviewing and approving contracts to ensure that contracts meet all applicable state and federal requirements and ensure adequate legal protection for the Department.
  • Make legal determinations as to whether rulemaking is required by the Florida Administrative Procedures Act and applicable case law and assist in developing, drafting, and promulgating rules for all program areas of the Department when rulemaking is required; conduct public hearings and workshops on proposed rules; respond to Joint Administrative Procedures Committee staff on rules; and interpret and provide legal opinions on application of Department rules.
  • Handle litigation for the Department, including litigation in administrative forums as well as in all levels of state and federal court. 
  • Provide legal advice on, review and approve Department employee disciplinary and other personnel actions and assist in the preparation of disciplinary notices.
  • Conduct legal research.
  • Assist in drafting and reviewing proposed legislation, and review bills passed into law for applicability, effect, and implementation.
  • Review contracts, public solicitation documents, administrative policies and rules. A strong understanding of federal and state administrative law, federal civil rights statutes, 2 C.F.R. § 200, and government contracting is preferred.
  • Assist with Department responses to audits and investigations by state and federal authorities.
  • Handle requests for public records and respond on behalf of the Department to subpoenas and court orders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Juris Doctor from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing and eligible to practice law


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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  (TTY/TDD 1-800-955-8771 or the Florida Relay Service – 711.)
If you think you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date of the alleged violation with either the recipient’s Equal Opportunity Officer, or the Director, Civil Rights Center:

  • Equal Opportunity Officer, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building – MSC 150, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-4129; or
  • Direct, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210.

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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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