Closing Date: 7th February, 2023

Description:

Attention Candidates:
  • All fields in the candidate profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position. Putting "see resume" does not substitute for completing all sections of the candidate profile.
  • Selection of candidate will be based on a review of their overall scores, KSAs, primary and supplemental applications, as well as completion of any required work samples, willingness questionnaires, and interview responses, as applicable.
  • References and file reviews from previous employment may be verified to determine suitability.
  • Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.
  • The successful candidate must be able to pass a Level II Background screening.
  • All previous periods of employment must be listed with address of employer, supervisor name and contact phone number. If there is more than a one-month gap in the employment history that period must be included in its own paragraph block in the employment history section.

Paper Applications Will Not Be Accepted by the Agency. Applications Must Be Submitted Through the People First System.

Mission Statement: To promote the well-being, safety, and independence of Florida's elders, their families, and caregivers.

Vision Statement: For all Floridians to live well and age well.

We are seeking an enthusiastic attorney with a desire to share our Agency's mission to promote the well-being, safety, and independence of Florida's seniors, their families, and caregivers, and the vision for all Floridians to live well and age well. If you have good judgment, a desire to enrich the lives of others, and share our mission and vision, please consider joining our team.

Where You Will Work:
The Department of Elder Affairs is in the Southwood Office complex in Tallahassee, Florida's Capital City. Lined with rolling hills, oak trees, and canopied roads Tallahassee combines traditional charm with a modern pace of life. Home to two major universities, Tallahassee has a vibrant art and music scene, stately gardens, as well as a vast number of nature trails for those who love the outdoors. Tallahassee is a highly desirable location for both those seeking their first job and those ready to enter the next exciting chapter in their career. Also, with no state income tax, Florida is a great place to work regardless of where you are on the career ladder. For more information about Tallahassee, please visit: https://www.talchamber.com/visit-tallahassee/.

Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensations package for employees features highly competitive 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 to attend TCC, FAMU, and FSU and more!

For a more complete list of benefits, click: https://www.mybenefits.myflorida.com/health/eligibility_and_enrollment/ops_employees

What you will do:
Under the supervision of the General Counsel, this position incumbent applies her/his legal expertise to handle litigation, to research federal and state rules and statues to conduct legal discovery, and to prepare legal pleadings and briefs. The attorney must be able to assimilate and analyze a variety of complex legislative and legal concepts relating to Department program and/or administrative issues. The attorney will be relied upon to provide legal counsel to Department leadership, management, and staff about the Department's legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Handles Department public records requests and subpoenas to ensure all responsive records are collected, appropriately redacted, any fee requirements applied, and requests are finalized.
  • Assist the Office of Public and Professional Guardians in the prosecution of registered professional guardians who have violated the practice act and/or Florida law.
  • Assists with legal research in evaluating state statutes and preparation of legal opinions on questions relating to Department program and/or administrative issues.
  • Drafts and reviews proposed rules for both substantive and technical legality.
  • Develops, drafts, and reviews contracts and contract amendments and addresses any legal issues related to contract procurement.
  • Represents the Department in litigation in various forums to include state trial and appellate courts, federal trial and appellate courts, and state and federal administrative forums.
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrate Code as it relates to the various functions of the Department.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules.
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
  • Ability to take initiative on independent research projects.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public and coworkers.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data.
  • Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents.
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Requirements:
Possess a juris doctorate degree and be an active member in good standing with the Florida Bar.

Background Checks:
A Successful completion of a Level 2 Criminal History Background Check is required for all applicants selected for this position.

Applicant Information:
  • Applicants should apply on-line via the People First Website https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of the position vacancy advertisement but are strongly encouraged to apply by 6:00 p.m. on the closing date to avoid any system down times or any other complications that may arise.
  • If you have problems applying on-line, call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287. Paper applications will not be accepted by the agency.
  • The Department of Elder Affairs is an "older worker-friendly" employer and also lists vacancies on the Silver Edition website, found at http://silver.employflorida.com, that connects persons age 50 and older with other businesses/volunteer organizations/employers who specify they are "older worker-friendly."
  • The Department of Elder Affairs is an E-Verify employer and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each New Employee's I-9 Form to confirm work eligibility.
  • 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.