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ProfileSupervising Attorney The candidate will be highly responsible work providing leadership regarding the practice of law, legal counsel and representation to a judicial circuit's Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. The Supervising Attorney assists the GAL Circuit Director in the implementation of policies and procedures in consultation with the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Supervising Attorneys are working supervisors and are responsible for monitoring/litigating the most complex and/or sensitive cases involving the GAL Program's representation as to the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children. In addition to supervising the legal practice, incumbents in this class may 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 Supervising Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further each child’s best interests. The Supervising Attorney must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court. Provides timely and accurate legal advice and representation on complex operational issues originating in the dependency court system. Incumbents in this class also serve as a liaison between the GAL Program, the community and the courts. The Supervising Attorney works with GAL Program 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 with sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed under the day-to-day supervision of a GAL Circuit Director. Practice of law is overseen by Director of Legal Advocacy and Legal Regional Counsel.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have completed Graduation from an accredited law school and 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of dependency law. Admission to the Florida Bar in good standing Trial experience is essential. Supervisory experience is preferred. An exception for the required experience may be granted by the Executive Director or designee. Must be a member of the Florida Bar, in good standing to be considered. Should have legal skills and knowledge of Ch. 39, F.S., sufficient to effectively represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings. Must have skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Should have ability to organize, develop and deliver presentations. Must have knowledge of Guardian ad Litem Program policies and procedures, regulations and the legal environment within which they operate. Should have knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in child welfare. Must have ability to apply principals and practices of effective supervision; plan, organize, prioritize, assign, and delegate work; evaluate staff performance. Must be skilled at presenting and conducting complex trials, appeals and administrative hearings; giving sound legal advice, instructions, and counsel to subordinates; work independently; perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to complex legal problems; present statements of law, facts, and arguments clearly, logically, and forcefully, in both written and oral format; negotiate settlements; maintain confidentiality and objectivity; manage an assigned caseload; operate personal computers and use a variety of computer applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships in the course of work; understand and accept differences in human behavior and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Work primarily in an office environment including sitting at a desk working with computer equipment, on the phone and meeting with clients for prolonged periods; regularly working with files and with general office equipment; travel to and present cases in the Court.
Posting Closing Date: 06/20/2018.
Requisition No: 37550
State of Florida Justice Administrative Commission
Post Office Box 1654
Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709