Requisition No: 43383 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21013955 

Salary:  $44,267.77 

Posting Closing Date: 09/24/2018 

Guardian ad Litem Program, 6th Circuit.

THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS OR RESUMES THROUGH THE PEOPLE FIRST WEBSITE.   Apply for this position at www.Guardianadlitem.org , click on CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, scroll down to the link titled SUBMIT YOUR GUARDIAN AD LITEM APPLICATION HERE, complete the "mini" job application and attach your resume.  Select PASCO COUNTY for job location.

This position will be reclassified and filled as a Program Attorney before being filled. 

The Program Attorney is a highly responsible entry level work in a developing capacity, providing legal counsel and representation to a circuit court Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program which advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children involved in dependency proceedings. The Program Attorney provides legal representation in court on behalf of the GAL Program, files pleadings and motions, and attends depositions, mediations and staffings with social service agencies concerning children represented by the GAL Program.  The Program Attorney reviews case files to identify legal issues, and participates in the development and implementation of case strategies.  The Program Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further the child's best interests.  The Program Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.

Incumbents in this class may assist in recruiting, training and supervising pro bono and contract attorneys working with the GAL Program at the discretion of the Supervising Attorney.  Working relationships must be established with judges, the Office of the State Attorney, the Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies, community organizations, local law enforcement, attorneys, and the public.  Work involves contact with people in stressful situations and with sensitive and confidential information.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney. 

Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Incumbent is expected to become a member, in good standing, of the Florida Bar within 6 months of appointment to a position in this class.

Possession of legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings as evidenced by admission to the Florida Bar.  Must be a member in good standing.  Ability to develop an understanding of juvenile law and the GAL Program. Ability to advocate effectively in court on behalf of the GAL Program.

Ability to conduct legal research and to draft and file pleadings, motions and appellate briefs on behalf of the GAL Program.  Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with individuals involved in litigation and stressful situations.  Ability to work with individuals from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds.  Ability to utilize a personal computer, including using software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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.

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