FDC

State of Florida Tallahassee, FL
Requisition No: 40160

Agency: Department of Corrections

Working Title: FDC-SENIOR ATTORNEY-70002893-CENTRAL OFFICE

Position Number: 70002893

Salary: $60,000.20

Posting Closing Date: 07/26/2018

* OPEN COMPETITIVE ADVERTISEMENT*

Senior Attorney - # 70002893

This advertisement is for a Selected Exempt Services (SES) position located in the Office of General Counsel.

SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT PAY POLICY.

Salary Rate: $60,000.20

Under the direction of Secretary, Julie Jones, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the 3rd largest state prison system in the country with a budget of 2.4 billion, approximately 97,000 inmates incarcerated and another 167,000 offenders on active community supervision. The DC has 151 facilities and more than 24,000 staff members statewide, making it the State’s largest agency.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position’s primary responsibility will be to provide legal opinions to agency policy chiefs on administrative rulemaking initiatives and coordinating each initiative through the rulemaking process (established in ch. 120, F.S.) including communication with the public, JAPC and OFARR;

Responding to public and inmate petitions to initiate rulemaking.

Coordinating public workshops and public hearings.

Representing the Department of Corrections before federal and state courts and administrative bodies;

Reviewing agency policies;

Preparing legal pleadings in civil and administrative actions at trial and appellate level;

Reviewing written materials for legal sufficiency;

Serving as legal advisor to department administrators;

Reviewing, analyzing, and drafting proposed legislation;

The incumbent will also be expected to render legal opinions concerning the application of state and federal statues and administrative rules;

Expected to perform other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel;

The incumbent in this position gives legal advice and assistance on a daily basis regarding issues generated by employees, inmates, probationers, parolees and/or the public;

The incumbent will handle telephone and written requests from agency staff for legal assistance, and will conduct legal research and issue legal opinions, as needed;

The incumbent in this position also represents the department and its officials in litigation matters before administrative tribunals and before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as requested;

The incumbent will be responsible for all matters related to such representation, including, but not limited to, reviewing the evidence, researching the law, drafting pleadings and memoranda, conducting and responding to discovery, prepping and interviewing witnesses, providing legal representation at the hearing or trial, writing briefs, and representing the agency at appellate oral arguments;

The sections within the Bureau consist of a personnel section, contracts section, inmate litigation section and administrative section. This position is located within the Administration Section of the Office of the General Counsel, but applicants may be considered for subsequent vacancies in other sections of the office;

Attorneys in the administration Section review and draft rules, perform all legal functions related to the rule promulgation process, review and draft final orders regarding petitions for declaratory statements, variances, formal hearings and to initiate rule making, and represent the department in any appeals of those orders;

Administration Section attorneys also coordinate the bureau’s review of legislative bills, advise agency staff on constitutional conditions of confinement and handle special projects of a legal nature as assigned by the General Counsel;

Attorneys in the personnel section render advice to staff regarding personnel related issues, and review draft disciplinary letters and final agency letters to ensure that the details of the charge are given, appropriate disciplinary violations are cited and that just cause exists to support the charges; they also represent the department before the Public Employees Relations Commission and other administrative tribunals regarding disciplinary matters;

Attorneys in the contracts section draft and render advice to staff regarding and review for legal sufficiency bids, requests for proposals, and contracts; they also represent the department before administrative agencies and tribunals and in court in bid award disputes, contract disputes, leasehold disputes, construction related claims and other matters;

The attorneys in the inmate litigation section render advice to staff regarding sentence structure and inmate grievances; they also represent the department in court in all matters related to inmate sentence structure;

The candidate selected for this position will be given responsibilities in one or more sections at any given time, depending upon the needs of the office, and will be responsible for handling matters which are legally complex and/or sensitive in nature, as well as routine assignments;

The General Counsel’s office also represents the agency in garnishment proceedings, and advises department staff and provides legal representation regarding subpoenas, public records requests, and requests generated by the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel;

The incumbent in this position will be given responsibilities in one or more of these areas at any given time, depending upon the needs of the office.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSA’s):

Knowledge of Chapter 120, Fla. Stat., and Florida’s agency rulemaking process;

Skill in writing and research;

Ability to communicate effectively;

Ability to research, summarize and provide advice on disparate legal issues as needs dictate;

Knowledge of legal terminology;

Knowledge of the principles and practices of jurisprudence;

Knowledge of civil and criminal law and procedure;

Knowledge of court proceedings;

Knowledge of constitutional law, ethics, administrative law, open government and public records laws and/or health care law;

Ability to clearly explain the facts of a case and the legal issues involved;

Ability to provide legal counsel.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Membership in the Federal District Courts is preferred;

Must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing;

Must possess at least two (2) years of experience as an attorney;

Must possess excellent writing and research skills.

Support of knowledge, skills, and abilities should be demonstrated on the application, in the education, in the work experience, in the work sample, in the interview and/or during reference checks.

If you are interested in this position and meet the above indicated qualification and have the desired education, knowledge and experience, please submit a State of Florida Application and resume through the People First system. If you experience problems applying on-line, please call the People First Service Center at 1-877-562-7287.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the closing date.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee