Current Job Opportunity


May 19, 2014

Closing Date

May 27, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Senior Attorney II (Re-advertisement)

Job Location

Office of the State Courts Administrator, Court Education, Tallahassee, Florida

Salary Range

$5,577.85 to $11,233.80 (Monthly*)

*The successful candidate will be hired at or near the minimum salary.

Job Description

Essential Functions

The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist with judicial branch education programs, using a legal background and the principles of adult education. The position is responsible for supervising staff; assisting with the development, implementation and evaluation of judicial branch education programs; reviewing case law and legislative enactments; performing some legal research; providing legal counsel and recommendations for action; overseeing the planning and development of various court education and administrative publications; writing and/or editing court education and administrative publications; providing legal advice to non-attorney staff members on projects requiring legal analysis and conclusions; and possibly drafting/preparing legal memoranda, legislative proposals, contracts, advisory ethics opinions, and reports. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.


Examples of Work Performed

(Note: The examples of work as listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Supervises staff, including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and terminating or recommending termination.
  • Reviews case law and legislative enactments, including staff analysis, in preparing legal memoranda; draws legal conclusions and provides recommendations for action.
  • Participates and/or serves as lead attorney in supporting the Florida Court Education Council in fulfillment of its responsibilities for furnishing policy-making guidance to the Chief Justice and providing oversight for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive education program for Florida judges and court professionals.
  • Collaborates on the development, implementation and evaluation of judicial education courses/programs, providing opportunities to judges and/or other court professionals for enhancement of legal knowledge, administrative skills and ethical standards.
  • Researches, analyzes and writes on various legal issues, and provides legal advice to OSCA, trial courts and/or Supreme Court committees; provides litigation tracking, reviewing and referral services.
  • Provides legal counsel/assistance in areas, such as mediation, juvenile issues, court reporting, court interpreting or court ethics; reviews standard jury instructions and serves as staff attorney to court committees.
  • Oversees the planning and development of various court education and administrative publications; writes and/or edits court education and administrative publications; provides staff support for court education publications committee(s).
  • Prepares jury instructions and rules of court and submits for court approval; provides legal advice to non-attorney staff members on projects requiring legal analysis and conclusions.
  • Drafts/prepares fact sheets and memoranda, legislative abstracts and proposals, and agendas for committee meetings; renders opinions on matters impacting the judiciary and criminal justice system as a whole, and provides legal submissions to the Supreme Court.
  • Conducts research and responds to courts, OSCA managers, judges, trial court administrators and staff regarding interpretation and application of legislation and general legal interpretation and advice.
  • Manages administrative tasks, such as preparing and managing budgets; preparing, reviewing and managing contracts; serving as staff for judicial and professional education functions; or preparing periodic employee performance evaluations.
  • Attends or conducts staff, committee and other professional meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars and conferences to improve professional skills and/or to make presentations.
  • Provides legal support to the Mediator Qualifications Board and the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee.

Education and Training Guidelines


  • Juris doctorate degree.


  • Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience.
  • Five years of related experience including three years of experience in the appropriate specialty area of law for the position.
  • Must have prior supervisory experience

Licenses, Training, Certifications, and Registrations Required:

  • Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.
  • Must have valid Florida Driver’s License.


Data Responsibility: Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.

People Responsibility: Mentors others by advising, counseling, or guiding them.

Assets Responsibility: Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving considerable economies and/or preventing considerable losses through the providing of legal counsel and/or handling of very large amounts of money.

Mathematical Requirements: Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percentages.

Communications Requirements: Reads and interprets advanced professional and legal materials; writes extremely complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional groups.

Complexity of Work: Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions: Makes decisions with extremely serious impact - affects entire organization and may impact other activities/organizations and the general public.

Equipment Usage: Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing.

Safety of Others: Requires some responsibility for safety and health of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety or health.  

Special Comments

How to Apply

Submit a current and complete State of Florida Employment Application to the People First Service Center online at

For additional information, please contact:  Bobbie Chappell at 850-922-7033.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.  Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicted for each respective position.  Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.