Requisition No: 797457
Agency: Children and Families
Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 60073650
Position Number: 60073650
Salary: $75,000 - $80,000
Posting Closing Date: 03/27/2023
Office of General Counsel
Department of Children and Families
2415 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303
Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF salary policy.
What you will do:
- Provide legal advice and guidance to the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and to the Department’s Sexually Violent Predator Program.
- Provide legal analysis for proposed legislation that impacts the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
- Assist institutional counsel at state mental health treatment facilities with various legal issues that arise such as: risk management; compliance with the requirements of Chapter 394 and Chapter 916, Florida Statutes; involuntary medication administration; employment related matters; and contact matters.
- Represent the Department in court proceedings related to Chapter 394, Chapter 916, and Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.
- Represent the Department in administrative appeals with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- Draft memorandums, legal opinions, various court pleadings and orders, and appellate briefs for issues arising under Chapter 394, Chapter 916, and Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.
- Assist in the drafting and review of administrative rules for the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
- Review and assist in the drafting of contracts and memorandums of agreement.
- Oversee and assist regional legal counsel with issues related to commitments under Chapter 394, Chapter 916, and Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.
- Conduct legal research on issues related to the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (community based mental health and substance abuse services, Baker Act, Incompetent to Proceed).
- Coordinate with the Florida Department of Corrections to serve DOC inmates committed to the Department under Chapter 916, Florida Statutes.
- Assist attorneys for privately operated mental health treatment facilities regarding commitments under Chapter 394, Chapter 916, and Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.
- Assist licensing attorney with interpretation and compliance issues related to substance abuse and mental health licensing and designation requirements under Chapter 394 and Chapter 397, Florida Statutes.
- Assist outside counsel and the Office of Attorney General in litigation related to substance abuse and mental health programs, and state mental health treatment facilities.
- Assist Agency Clerk with rule waiver petitions submitted by substance abuse providers licensed under Chapter 397, Florida Statues.
- Handle public records requests for records held by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Member of the Florida Bar
Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
- Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
- Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
- State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
- Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
(For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);
- Flexible Spending Accounts;
- Tuition waivers;
- And more!
For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov.
BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history 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.