MyFlorida PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 41000919 in TAMPA, Florida

PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 41000919

Date:Apr 16, 2018

Location:TAMPA, FL, US, 33602

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Requisition No: 33677

Agency: Office of the Attorney General

Working Title: PARALEGAL SPECIALIST - 41000919

Position Number: 41000919

Salary: $26,242 - $30,000

Posting Closing Date: 04/26/2018

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state’s laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position all applicants must:

Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, part-time employment, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position.

Verify that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.

The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.

Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.

OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Completion of a training program to become a Legal Assistant, a Paralegal, a Legal Paraprofessional or a Lawyer's or Attorney's Assistant; or a degree or certificate in legal technology, legal administration, legal studies or allied legal services; or graduation from a school of law; or a bachelor's degree with a major in allied legal services; or four years of experience involving paralegal work; or four years of experience in legal secretarial work.

JOB SUMMARY:

A Paralegal Specialist is responsible for a variety of paralegal functions as a legal assistant in the area of dependency for the Department of Children and Families (DCF), pursuant to the contract between the agency and DCF, and at the direction of an attorney, supervising attorney and/or a Special Counsel, and/or a bureau Chief. This includes supporting the attorneys in legal representation to DCF as well as any Community Based Care provider and Sheriff’s Office that contracts with DCF, in all aspects of dependency law. All legal representation is provided in a manner that promotes justice and ensures the health and safety of children and the integrity of families. 

This position requires the ability to push or pull at least 75 pounds and the ability to lift at least 25 pounds.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

Preparing in a timely manner, a variety of legal documents including, but not limited to: petitions, summons/subpoenas, motions, notices, final judgments, final orders, recommended orders, and stipulated agreements to be filed in circuit, county, appellate, and administrative proceedings. Drafting and preparing general legal correspondence. Timely is defined as to the following: Petitions are to be completed and provided to the Attorney within the CLS policy time frame of three (3) working days; all other documentation should be completed no later than 5 business days unless a more specific time frame is requested by the Attorney. The time frame designated by the attorney will be the controlling factor as it relates to the term “timely”Maintaining and overseeing timely maintenance of case tracking systems(s) to include entry of data into Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN) with in 48hours of receipt. Organizing and maintaining case files, court calendars, and litigation timetables in the form and manner directed.  

Assisting the attorneys in preparing for hearings and trial, including, but not limited to: interviewing and coordinating witnesses, organizing and redacting discovery, and summarizing depositions and hearings. Performing legal research, gathering factual information, and conducting interviews concerning legal issues and cases. Assisting with preparation of expert witness contracts and testimony. Coordinating and scheduling hearings, depositions, case management conferences and appearance of witnesses. 

Receiving, reviewing and routing telephone calls, fax transmissions, and e-mail. Answering questions which may involve providing information concerning office and court policies and procedures and standard legal questions previously researched by the attorney. Working closely with clerks of court, judicial assistants, private and court-appointed attorneys, court reporters, and staff, as well as DCF and/or its subcontracted agencies, law enforcement officials and the public. 

Attending hearings, both formal and informal,as requested. Assisting the attorney in said hearings by taking notes, data entry into courtroom computers, obtaining additional information pertinent to the case being litigated, researching and providing copies of the rules and statutes as requested. Preparing proposed final orders in informal and formal proceedings.  

Performing special projects and other duties as assigned or requested. 

KSA/EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:

Preferred candidates must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: good writing and organizational skills; knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage; good reading comprehension; ability to communicate effectively; ability to follow written and verbal instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to work well within a team atmosphere; ability to work independently and to multitask and receive direction and meet deadlines on a daily basis; ability to research case law; draft basic pleadings; knowledge of legal processes. Good computer skills essential; computer literacy required. Starting salary commensurate with legal training and experience.

VETERAN RECRUITMENT STATEMENT: The OAG values the service provided by veterans and their families and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply, pursuant to chapter 295, Florida statutes. However, applicants claiming veterans' preferencemust attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, dd form214 member copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by rule 55a-7, Florida administrative code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, clickhere. If you have trouble attaching the documentation, contact our HR office at 850-414-3900.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT: The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287. If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the united states after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).

REMINDERS: Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible forhireorpromotionunless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //www.sss.gov.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clickinghere. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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