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Date: Jan 2, 2020

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Requisition No: 86781 

Agency: Management Services

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 72001668

Position Number: 72001668 

Salary:  $65,000 - $70,000 

Posting Closing Date: 05/04/2020 

Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
State of Florida Department of Management Services
This position is located in Tallahassee, Florida

The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing the various business and workforce-related functions of state government. Under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis and DMS’ Executive Leadership Team, the agency oversees the real estate, procurement, human resources, group insurance, retirement, technology, private prisons, fleet, and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. DMS is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government.  DMS facilitates the delivery of these programs and services and provides tools and training to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its motto, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Jonathan Satter, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: lead by example, serve with excellence, create efficiencies, and challenge the status quo.
The Florida Department of Management Services, Office of General Counsel, is seeking a senior attorney to handle a variety of legal issues, litigation, and other legal office matters for program areas, pursuant to assignment by the General Counsel.
In addition to providing competent legal advice and counsel to DMS’s Directors and employees of program areas as assigned, this Senior Attorney must develop a proficiency in state and federal law affecting the program areas.  The Senior Attorney will be required to research and interpret the statutory laws, codes, administrative rules and regulations, and court decisions as related to specific legal matters.  The Senior Attorney will draft proposed legislation and administrative rules intended to carry out the policies and statutory functions of DMS.  
The Senior Attorney will also defend a variety of agency decisions through the administrative hearing process; some civil trial and appellate work may also be required.
This position may also serve as one of the hearing officers for the agency on certain informal hearings.
Performs other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsels, and/or Executive Level Management.
Position responsibilities:
Specific responsibilities of the Senior Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing competent and strategic legal advice and counsel to DMS.
  • Developing an expertise in the assigned subject areas.
  • Providing polished, timely work product that reflects a thorough understanding of applicable law and an accurate knowledge of the facts.
  • Providing and assisting others who provide legal representation for the agency in administrative, judicial, and appellate proceedings.
  • Successfully managing assigned caseload and assisting with OGC’s overall responsibilities and priorities.
  • Articulating and appropriately summarizing complex legal issues to others with varying backgrounds.
  • Successfully collaborating with other attorneys, support staff, senior leadership, and division employees.
  • Providing excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct special projects as assigned.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Admission to the Florida Bar is required.
  • At least one year of experience as a licensed attorney.
  • Litigation experience is highly desired.
  • Experience with procurement and contract review.
  • Experience in administrative law is highly desired.
  • Knowledge of the Florida Rules of Evidence, Florida Administrative Procedures Act, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, and Government in the Sunshine Law are required.
  • Experience with bill analyses is highly desired.
  • Demonstrate superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in office information technology.
  • This position requires sedentary work and repetitive motion.
  • Accountability, Communication, Empowerment, Flexibility, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A juris doctor from an accredited law school at the time of graduation.
  • Admission to The Florida Bar.
  • A minimum of one year as a licensed attorney.

DMS is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce.  We recognize the extensive training, experience and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce.  Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following provided email addresses.  
An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job related requirements for a position and can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. 
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DMS Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 488-2707. DMS requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.


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