Requisition No: 798583
Agency: Management Services
Working Title: SENIOR COUNSEL, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (RET) - 72002483
Position Number: 72002483
Salary: $70,000 - $80,000
Posting Closing Date: 07/15/2023
Senior Counsel – Employee Benefits (Retirement) Practice Group
Office of General Counsel
State of Florida Department of Management Services
This position is located in Tallahassee, FL
Our Organization and Mission:
The 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, telecommunications, private prisons, fleet, and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its mission, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Pedro Allende, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: lead by example, serve with excellence, create efficiencies, and challenge the status quo.
The Work You Will Do:
DMS’ Office of General Counsel is seeking a Senior Counsel to primarily handle litigation for the Division of Retirement (Division), which includes the complex statutes, rules, and regulations affecting all facets of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) and other statewide retirement plans administered by the Division. The FRS is the fourth-largest public state retirement system in the nation, comprised of more than one million active and retired employees.
This Senior Attorney must develop a proficiency in state and federal laws affecting the program area. This position will:
- Represent and defend the Division in administrative litigation, including providing representation in formal and informal hearings;
- Represent and defend the Division in civil litigation, including providing representation at hearings or trials;
- Represent and defend the Division in appellate litigation, including drafting briefs and handling oral arguments;
- Assist in drafting proposed legislation and administrative rules intended to carry out the policies and statutory functions of the Division; and
- Perform other duties as assigned by the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, managing attorney, and/or executive leadership.
How You Will Grow:
This position provides the opportunity to develop an expertise in both state and federal laws affecting the Florida Retirement System (FRS). This area of the law often involves complex issues related to the overlap between federal and state governance, and the attorney will have ongoing exposure to experts in the federal taxing arena to assist in this highly technical work. This attorney will also have the opportunity to assist the Division in reviewing and refining work processes to ensure the FRS continues to be operated in a legal, and highly ethical, manner.
The Office of General Counsel also supports attorney development by providing Continuing Legal Education opportunities and allowing its attorneys to gain exposure to other areas of the law that the office assists with by promoting collaboration and cross-training in these highly specialized areas (e.g., real estate, employment and labor relations, information technology, and health care). Ultimately, this position will allow the right candidate the opportunity to grow professionally while working alongside a team of talented and professional attorneys in a collegial atmosphere.
The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
DMS does not have a billable hour requirement for its attorneys and encourages employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance. On day one, and then on each annual anniversary date, the attorney will receive 176 hours of discretionary leave and 104 hours of sick leave.
State of Florida employees enjoy top-tier benefits offerings including comprehensive health coverage to meet the needs of you and your family while maintaining low deductibles and low monthly out-of-pocket contributions totaling only $8.00 per month for individual coverage and $30.00 per month for family coverage.
State employees enjoy the option of selecting between the FRS Pension Plan and the FRS Investment Plan for retirement.
As an additional benefit, state employment affords you the opportunity to take part in the tuition waiver program within the state university and community college systems.
Living and Working in Tallahassee, Florida
With an average commute of just 18 minutes, Tallahassee is a great city to work in. Tallahassee is famous for its parks, trails, canopy roads, and gardens, making it nature lover’s paradise. Tallahassee also hosts numerous events, parades, festivals, and performances throughout the year. Tallahassee is also the state capital, and a hub for government services and related industries.
For a more complete list of benefits, visit https://www.mybenefits.myflorida.com/.
$70,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of laws, rules, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency policies and procedures or ability to thoroughly research such.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
- Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and timely complete work assignments.
- Ability to collect, evaluate, and analyze data.
- Basic proficiency in office information technology.
- A juris doctor from an accredited law school.
- At least one year of experience as a licensed attorney.
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
- Experience with administrative litigation is highly desired.
- Experience with civil litigation is highly desired.
- Experience with bill analyses is highly desired.
- Experience with Florida’s Sunshine Law is highly desired.
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.
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.