SENIOR ATTORNEY – 65000009 1

Overview

Requisition No: 213222 

Agency: Elder Affairs

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY – 65000009 1

Position Number: 65000009 

Salary:  $4,302.25-$5,833.34 MONTHLY 

Posting Closing Date: 09/16/2020 

DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM 

 

POSITION INFORMATION: OPEN COMPETITIVE

TITLE:

LAWYERS

SENIOR ATTORNEY

LOCATION:

TALLAHASSEE/LEON COUNTY

POSITION #:

65000009

SALARY/PAY GRADE:

$51,626.90 – $70,000.08 ANNUALLY

($4,302.25 – $5,833.34 MONTHLY)

PAYGRADE: #230

WORK SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY- THURSDAY; 8:00 – 5:00 (OCCASSIONAL EXTRA HOURS AND WEEKENDS MAY BE REQUIRED)

CONTACT PERSON:

Department of Elder Affairs

4040 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000

(850) 414-2108

 

PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE AGENCY!  APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE PEOPLE FIRST SYSTEM.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

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

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

POSITION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

This is a highly responsible Senior Attorney position reporting directly to the State Ombudsman for the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.  The individual filling this position provides legal representation for all legal matters of the Department of Elder Affairs (Department) relating to the duties and responsibilities of the Department’s Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

 

Serves as counsel to the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; and, in such capacity, and pursuant to s. 400.0063(2)(b)1, F.S., provides advice, consultation and assistance to the Ombudsman in carrying out duties of the office with respect to the abuse, neglect, or violation of rights of residents of long-term care facilities.

 

Provides advise, consultation, and legal representation to any staff or representative of the office on matters involving official duties of the office.  This position will ensure that adequate legal counsel is available to the office and to any representative of the office against whom suit or other legal action is brought in connection with the performance of such representative’s official duties.

 

Provides formal and informal legal opinions and serves as a technical resource to the Ombudsman and representatives of the office.

 

Assists the Ombudsman in developing the legal aspects of the long-term care policy issues to include evaluating proposed changes in law, administrative rules, and policies and procedures.  This position researches, drafts, and reviews proposed legislation relevant to the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, long-term care and resident issues.

 

Undertakes chief responsibility for the development of strategies for the private sector to address legal issues of residents and consumers of the long-term care system.

 

Provides information and training services to staff, council members, and others designated by the Ombudsman.

 

Assists the Ombudsman in various matters, including legal aspects of budgeting, personnel decisions, audit reviews, and development and implementation of ombudsman programs.

 

Prepares and reviews all legal instruments of the office, such as contracts and lease agreements

 

Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and conventions as needed to fulfill the functions of General Counsel and legal advocate for long-term care residents.

 

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Ombudsman.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

 

The candidate must have knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act (Chapter 120, Florida Statutes) and have the ability to express ideas and information orally and in writing.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

The candidate must have obtained a juris doctorate degree;

 

Be an active member in good standing with the Florida Bar or another states’ bar and willing to sit for the next available bar exam.

 

Additional hours may need to be worked during periods.

 

Ability to travel as necessary.

 

If selected for employment, applicant will be required to become a certified Ombudsman upon time frame set by employer.

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.