Requisition No: 803727
Agency: Justice Administrative Commission
Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 2ND CIRCUIT- MANAGING ATTORNEY - 21012683
Position Number: 21012683
Posting Closing Date: 07/31/2023
Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
MANAGING ATTORNEY GUARDIAN AD LITEM
IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website: WWW.GUARDIANADLITEM.ORG to apply for this position:
- Click on the “Career Opportunities” icon
- Scroll down to the link titled, “Submit Your Guardian ad Litem Employment Application Here”
- Complete the “mini” job application and attach your current resume
- Select LEON COUNTY for the job location
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers, that includes more than 180 attorneys. Its primary focus is the powerful and effective representation of Florida’s abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Most of these children are abruptly removed from their homes, and sadly, many end up in foster care. The Office’s mission is to provide the most vulnerable children in Florida with an adult from their community who will be a consistent, positive presence in the child’s life as a part of a multi-disciplinary team that may include trained volunteers, pro bono attorneys, staff attorneys, and child welfare professionals providing the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s rights and best interests. A critical function is to provide dependency judges with thorough and accurate information regarding the children under the court’s jurisdiction. The Office’s core values strongly reinforce and enhance its mission. Those values are:
- Commitment to Children
- Communication Built on Trust
- Collective Empowerment
An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found at www.guardianadlitem.org.
As an employee with the State of Florida, your benefits are a significant part of your compensation with 19 percent of your total compensation coming from the benefits that the State offers. As a fulltime employee, your employee insurance rate will be significantly low due to the contribution of the State of Florida. In fact, single coverage is as low as $8.34 per month with family coverage costing only $30 per month.
While the rates are higher for halftime employees, health insurance options are still available to you as long as you are in a salaried position.
- State of Florida Retirement package – Pension or investment plan (3% employee contribution required)
- (9) Paid state holidays
- Paid personal holiday
- (13) Paid sick leave days
- (176) Annual leave hours
- Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions. Employee may purchase additional coverage
- Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, disability, etc.
- Florida Bar annual dues are paid for by the Agency, contingent upon agency approval
- Public Loan Forgiveness Program
- No State of Florida income tax for residents of Florida
- No mandatory night/weekend/holiday scheduled work
- State tuition waivers
ABOUT THE WORK
This is highly responsible work providing leadership regarding the practice of law, legal counsel for the Guardian ad Litem, and representation for the children in a judicial circuit's Guardian ad Litem Office. The Managing Attorney assists the Guardian ad Litem Circuit Director in implementing policies and procedures in consultation with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Managing Attorneys are working supervisors responsible for monitoring/litigating the most complex and/or sensitive cases involving the representation of abused, abandoned, and neglected children. In addition to managing the legal practice, incumbents in this class will serve as administrative supervisors responsible for communicating with, motivating, training, and evaluating employees’ performance; planning and directing their work; and recommending hiring, rewarding, or disciplining subordinate employees. The Managing Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a strategy representing each child. The Managing Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.
The incumbent provides timely and accurate legal advice and representation on complex issues originating in the dependency court system. Incumbents in this class also serve as a liaison between the Guardian ad Litem Office, the community, and the courts. The Managing Attorney works with staff and volunteers to ensure they understand applicable legal issues and court procedures. Working relationships must be established with judges, the Department of Children and Families, community-based care lead agencies and other social service agencies, community organizations, local law enforcement, attorneys, and the public. Work involves contact with people in stressful situations and sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed under the day-to-day supervision of a Circuit Director. The practice of law is overseen by the Legal Regional Counsel.
ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a valid Florida driver license.
Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in The Florida Bar, and five years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of dependency law. Trial experience is essential. Supervisory experience is preferred. An exception for the required experience may be granted by the Executive Director or designee.
ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Legal skills and knowledge of Ch. 39, F.S., sufficient to effectively represent children in legal proceedings. Admission to The Florida Bar in good standing. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to organize, develop and deliver presentations. Knowledge of Guardian ad Litem Office policies and procedures, regulations, and the legal environment they operate. Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in child welfare. Ability to apply principles and practices of effective supervision; plan, organize, prioritize, assign, and delegate work; evaluate staff performance.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may 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.
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.