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SENIOR ATTORNEY - DBPR/Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco**OPEN COMPETITIVE**

Date: Nov 29, 2017

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 25215 

Agency: Business and Professional Regulations

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - DBPR/Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco**OPEN COMPETITIVE**

Position Number: 79000931 

Salary:  $1,985.65 to $2,730.77 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 12/11/2017 

Senior Attorney
SES Position Number: 79000931
Hiring Salary Range: $1,985.65 to $2,730.77 Biweekly

**Open Competitive Announcement**

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco licenses the manufacture, distribution, sale, and service of alcoholic beverage and tobacco products in Florida, including: receipt and processing of license applications; collection and auditing of taxes and fees paid by licensees; and enforcement of the laws and regulation of the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries, pursuant to Chapters 210, 561-565, 567-569, Florida Statutes.  The Division's three bureaus - Licensing, Auditing and Enforcement - comprise a team of approximately 328 personnel fulfilling the regulatory obligations of the Division throughout the state.

**Employees are normally hired at the minimum of the salary range.  The salary amount will be determined in accordance with current pay policy, candidate qualifications, and needs of the Division**

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor degree conferred by an ABA-approved law school.
  • Admission to the Florida Bar with membership in good standing.
  • (3) or more years of professional experience in the practice of law.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.

***Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.***

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Chief Counsel for Compliance and Regulatory Programs is a professional, selected exempt service position as a senior attorney assigned to the Office of the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco in Tallahassee, Florida.  The position provides essential daily counsel and guidance for division management and staff in the administration of licensing, auditing, and law enforcement regulatory programs and leads the development and maintenance of division policy through management of formal rulemaking initiatives relating to the regulation of alcoholic beverage and tobacco products in Florida.


The incumbent will serve as the lead regulatory counsel for division programs and daily operations, including:

  • Prepare the division’s annual regulatory plan and manage the drafting, review, approval, and filing of all necessary records for the creation, amendment, or repeal of administrative rules of the division.  Plan and facilitate public workshops and hearings on rule development initiatives of the division as requested.  Review and respond to correspondence from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee and other correspondence directed to the division relating to administrative rules.  Coordinate the routine review of division administrative rules to ensure the rules promulgated by the division are substantiated by proper authority and reflect standards consistent with current law.  Assist division and bureau staff with the development and promulgation of forms incorporated by the administrative rules of the division.
  • Review and analysis of filed legislation or legislative analysis prepared by bureau and division staff.  Assist with the development and execution of implementation action plans for the timely and effective updates of division practices, rules, forms, or other matters needed to correspond to amendments in law.
  • Design, develop, and deliver legal training for division staff relating to laws, rules, and other matters as assigned.
  • Review and authorize the release of responsive public records upon request of members of the public and media organizations, including the redaction of content deemed exempt or confidential pursuant to law.
  • Drafting, review, and/or approval of division and bureau policies and procedures guided toward compliance with laws, regulations, department policies, and other standards applicable to division programs.
  • Assist with drafting and review of division correspondence or responses to inquiries from public and industry stakeholders.
  • Coordination of these duties and responsibilities and related tasks with the chief attorney or other senior attorneys assigned to the division.
  • Assist with other tasks and duties as assigned.


The incumbent will also serve as the primary compliance counsel for assisting and advising division law enforcement members with administrative and criminal matters of law governing division operations, including:

  • Coordination with bureau management, supervisors, special agents, and investigation specialists regarding counsel and guidance needed for the lawful and efficient execution of the division’s compliance and enforcement obligations.
  • Review of investigative reports, inspection records, evidence, data, and other sources of information for the purpose of assisting with the planning and execution of administrative and criminal investigations regarding alleged violations of law.
  • Monitor state and federal legal opinions relating to law enforcement operations, standards and processes of criminal law, standards and processes of administrative law, and other pertinent subjects.  Prepare training or other guidance for apprising division and bureau staff regarding the standards of law and methods or practices of the division impacted by applicable legal precedents.
  • Review draft subpoenas and search warrants as presented for approval in division investigations and recommend edits or approval as warranted.  Assist with preparation and filing of other court-related documents as assigned.
  • Assist personnel of the division’s administrative case unit with research, review, and recommendations relating to case actions pending service, pending compliance, or pending action upon request of a case respondent.
  • Assist division and bureau management and coordinate with the designated department employment counsel in facilitating legal review of personnel and labor issues in accordance with applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Serve as a liaison of the division to offices of State Attorneys, United States Attorneys, state and federal courts, and local, state, or federal agencies as necessary to effectively achieve the law enforcement functions of the division.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have knowledge of and ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to businesses regulated by the department. 
  • Must demonstrate and maintain working knowledge of current substantive law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, evidence, and other legal precedents governing the administrative and criminal legal actions and operations of the division. 
  • Must be able to apply the appropriate laws and procedures to the review and approval of division reference tools, forms, administrative rules, case reports, administrative complaints, policies and procedures, legislative analyses, and other matters as assigned. 
  • Must have strong legal research and writing skills and the ability to utilize these skills for objective and persuasive tasks as necessary. 
  • Must be able to evaluate and analyze data and other information to identify trends, develop recommendations, and implement resolutions for accuracy and consistency of division operations. 
  • Must have ability to develop substantive and creative training methods for delivery of information to audiences of diverse background and experience. 
  • Must demonstrate strong attention to detail and a consistent commitment to the full and accurate review of matters assigned for planning, drafting, feedback, or approval.
  • Must be able to use available technology to perform assigned duties, including computer software, hardware, and data systems. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally. 
  • Must have strong organization and time management skills for managing multiple tasks and competing deadlines. 
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Preference will be given to applicants who have:

  • Experience as a licensed attorney in the drafting and promulgation of administrative rules for a state agency in accordance with the Florida Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Experience as a licensed attorney in advising law enforcement officers regarding legal matters in the operations of law enforcement and the prosecution of criminal acts.
  • Experience in interpreting and applying Chapter 119, F.S., relating to public records, particularly records involving active criminal intelligence or investigative information.

Advertisement Contact: Pamela Hill Pace or 850-717-1116

Applicant Note: If you are the selected candidate for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.

NOTE: This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth in order to conduct this background check.

Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date, by applying online. All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement.  If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287.

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities and

improving employment outcomes.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DBPR Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 487-2074. DBPR requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services 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.

We hire only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Our agency participates in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database available for employers to use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States

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