Requisition No: 798422
Agency: Public Service Commission
Working Title: SENIOR LEGAL ASSISTANT - 61000109
Position Number: 61000109
Salary: $38,429 - $44,000
Posting Closing Date: 06/15/2023
Senior Legal Assistant
Florida Public Service Commission
Office of General Counsel
Career Service - Open Competitive
$38,429 - $44,000
The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive some of their most essential services — electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater — in a safe, reasonable, and reliable manner. In doing so, the FPSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in one or more of three key areas: rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
The 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:
- State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options (For more information, please click https://www.mybeneftis.myflorida.com/health);
- Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click https://myfrs.com);
- Paid Leave of Absence benefits, including Personal and Sick Leave;
- Nine paid holidays and one paid Personal Holiday each year;
- State Employee Tuition Waiver Program – Six credit hours per semester with the state college/university system;
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
- Deferred Compensation Plan;
- Tax Beneficial Flexible Spending Accounts;
- Flexible Work Schedules;
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Student loans can be forgiven after 10 years of qualified public service, certain eligibility requirements must be met. (For more information, please click http://studentaid.gov/publicservice);
- And more!
Office of General Counsel:
The Office of General Counsel provides legal counsel to the Commission on all matters under the Commission’s jurisdiction. This office also supervises the procedural and legal aspects of all cases before the Commission. In addition, this office assists in responding to inquiries from the Legislature.
The office is responsible for defending Commission orders on appeal, for defending Commission rules challenged before the Division of Administrative Hearings, and for representing the Commission before state and federal courts. To assist FPSC offices and divisions, this office offers support in making filings with, or presentations to, other federal, state, or local agencies.
The office advises in the promulgation of rules and attends or conducts rulemaking hearings at the Commission’s direction. It also reviews procurement contracts; counsels the Commission on personnel, contractual, public records, and other administrative legal matters.
In cases involving evidentiary hearings before the Commission or an Administrative Law Judge, the office is responsible for conducting discovery, presenting staff positions and testimony, and cross-examining other parties’ witnesses. In conjunction with the appropriate technical staff, this office prepares recommendations to the Commission and prepares written Commission orders.
Description of Job Duties:
The Senior Legal Assistant (SLA) position must provide legal assistance to the attorneys, from preparing and filing documents in all aspects of the Commission’s rulemaking process, to formatting and filing appellate briefs and other court documents. The SLA also prepares orders, recommendations, notices, and other related documents during the course of a case. The SLA will assist in other sections by organizing testimony, exhibits and other documents for Commissioners and GCL staff for hearings. The SLA must have strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, and be proactive, self-motivated and results oriented to accomplish these tasks effectively and efficiently.
Completion of a paralegal training program or a Bachelor’s degree in legal studies or related field and one year legal experience, or four years clerical experience, two of which must have been as a legal assistant, paralegal, working with administrative, civil or criminal hearings or as a judicial clerk.
Information verifying answers to the Qualifying Questions must be found on the Employment Application.
Background investigations, including criminal history record checks and education verification's, will be conducted on all applicants recommended for hiring. You may be required to provide your Social Security Number in order to conduct this background check.
Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Florida Public Service Commission participates in the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify) to assist in this required verification process.
Civil Service Law requires all males born after December 31, 1959, to register with the Selective Service System unless they meet certain exemptions under the law. Failing to register when required makes one ineligible for appointment.
Preference in appointment and employment shall be given to veterans and other persons as required by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, Veterans’ Law. Applicant must provide the required proof of preference at the time of submitting an application.
We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.
EEO/AA and Accommodation:
The state of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or the People First Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the Commission’s Human Resources Section must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
Pursuant to Section 350.0605(2), F.S., former Commission employees are prohibited from appearing before the Commission to represent any client regulated by the Commission on any matter in which he/she had participated and which was pending at the time of his/her termination.
Pursuant to Section 112.313, F.S., FPSC Senior Management Service or Selected Exempt Service employees shall not personally represent another person or entity for compensation before the Commission, for a period of two years following vacation of his/her position. Exceptions to this law are provided for former Commission employees who are employed by another agency of State government and those employed by the Commission prior to January 1, 1995.
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.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.