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Date: Jan 1, 2022

Location: TAMPA, FL, US, 33602

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Requisition No: 498704 

Agency: Juvenile Justice

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 80080504

Position Number: 80080504 

Salary:  $1,985.65 Bi-Weekly/ $51,626.90 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 01/27/2022 

The Department of Juvenile Justice salutes our heroes. 

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We value the service given to our country and support the hiring of service members and military spouses.




The Right Service, the Right Way, at the Right Time



Location Information:  1313 N. Tampa St., Trammell Building, Suite 902, Tampa, FL 33602

Contact Person:  Linda L. Fish, AAIII/Office Manager, (850) 717-2453

Starting Salary:  $1,985.65 Bi-Weekly/$51,626.90 annually. (In accordance with current spending restrictions, an internal promotion into the position will be filled at the minimum of the pay grade or up to 5% of the employee's current rate, whichever is higher.)



Respond to oral and written requests for legal opinions; specially address and answer the questions raised based on careful research, discuss with the person requesting the opinion and other persons having relevant information, and explore underlying relevant facts. 

Seek out and identify potential legal problems in the Department's and Children in Need of Services (CIS) providers operation.

Present identified problems with any proposed legal advice to Department managers, supervisors and CINS providers.  The above is done by advising the Department and provider personnel and groups and reviewing documents, rules, manuals and proposed and existing legislation.

Represent the Department in Child In Need of Services (CINS) cases, and any cases related to CINS, in accordance with Chapter 984, Florida Statutes.

Represent the Department in Delinquency cases, as necessary and any cases related to Delinquency in accordance with Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.

Represent the Department in litigation in all forums. These forums, include, but are not limited to: (a) career service, (b) state trial and appellate courts, (c) federal trial and appellate courts, and (d) state and federal administrative forums. In the course of litigation keep in close contact with Department personnel affected by the litigation. Department personnel are informed in all major decision points, and copied with all pleadings and memoranda filed and received.

Draft for the Secretary's signature requests for Attorney General Opinions.  The requests contain the issue, the Department's position, if any, and thorough legal arguments supporting the Department's position. 

Thoroughly research the facts and law for each issue presented and respond to Department personnel.

Facilitate the department's goal of delivery of human and social services and protecting the public interest.

Upon request from the General Counsel, assist in developing legislation, reviewing proposed legislation assigned by the General Counsel, and reviewing existing statutes for the purpose of proposing any needed remedial legislation.
Review department manuals, letters and documents for legal sufficiency.

As requested by the General Counsel, review contracts, requests for proposals, and contract related documents for legal compliance. Participate in contract negotiation, procurement, arbitration and dispute resolution.

Review and revise all correspondence generated by other departmental entities for the Secretary of the Department's signature.

Performs other duties assigned.

Has access to cell phone.

This position requires travel of 1-25%.

This position is required to comply with Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, Prompt Payment Compliance Law.



A minimum of two years’ experience as a licensed attorney.

Doctorate Degree from an accredited college or university.

This occupation requires membership in the Florida Bar. 

Knowledge of state and federal laws.



All prospective candidates will be subject to a sex offender check, criminal background checks, (state, local and national) and pre-employment drug screening for direct care positions. 

DJJ participates in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility). 

When identified on a position description, a valid driver’s license is required. If initially hired with an out-of-state license, the Florida resident must obtain a valid Florida state driver’s license within 30 days of hire. Licenses suspended or revoked for any reason, work permits (Business purpose/Employment/education only licenses) and some types of restricted licenses are not acceptable.  Licenses that have Corrective Lenses Restriction are acceptable, provided the driver wears corrective lenses while operating the vehicle.


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: Tampa