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Guardian AD LITEM, 7TH Circuit - Supervising Attorney The candidate will be providing leadership regarding the practice of law, legal counsel and representation to a judicial circuit's Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. 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. Supervising the legal practice, incumbents in this class may serve as administrative supervisors responsible for communicating with, motivating, training and evaluating employeesâ€™ performance; planning and directing their work; and recommending hiring, rewarding or disciplining subordinate employees. Works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further each childâ€™s best interests. Provides timely and accurate legal advice and representation on complex operational issues originating in the dependency court system. 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.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have graduation from an accredited law school, membership in the Florida Bar and 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of dependency law. Trial experience is essential. Supervisory experience is preferred. Legal skills and knowledge of Ch. 39, F.S., sufficient to effectively represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings is needed. Ability to organize, develop and deliver presentations is must. Knowledge of Guardian ad Litem Program policies and procedures, regulations and the legal environment within which they operate is must. Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in child welfare is must.
Closing Date: 06/21/2018
Requisition No: 37620. Position Number: 21013163
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