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Date

May 25, 2017

Closing Date

June 21, 2017

Position Number

11211

Position Title

Administrative Hearing Officer

Job Location

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami, Florida

Salary Range

$88,406.44 Annually *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to conduct hearings and make determinations on child support matters referred for hearing by family court judges. The position is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing reports and recommendations with accompanying orders for the referring judge’s signature. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

*This position is responsible for presiding over child support matters that are referred for hearing by family court judges. The incumbent in this position is responsible for conducting research, scheduling cases for hearing in Title IV-D child support establishment and enforcement cases, conducting hearings and making rulings on Title IV-D child support matters and preparing reports and recommendations with orders for the referring judge’s signature. Additionally, this positions is responsible for related administrative and management duties directly related to cases under the Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This position is responsible for supervising other Hearing Officers and administrative support staff assigned to the unit. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic status meetings.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Presides over referred court hearings; reviews court calendars and case files prior to scheduled hearings; grants continuances; reads or listens to allegations and determines if action cited is supported by facts; hears and evaluates evidence of witnesses and technical experts; listens to presentation of cases; rules on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony.

  • Conduct evidentiary hearings in person and over the telephone in accordance with applicable regulations and laws; considers and analyzes related research and information presented at hearing to make determinations; directs planning of child support payments using Child Support Guidelines; prepares recommended orders.
  • Review court files, judges’ orders of referral, and conduct legal research.
  • Supervise staff in the court’s Child Support Enforcement Unit which includes:(3) Hearing Officers, (3) Administrative Secretary I, and (2) Court Security Specialist and oversees the assignment of Court Interpreters.
  • Monitor all caseloads and statistics and directs the performance of case management duties to ensure cases are being heard timely, orders are issued within the specified timeframe, and being closed properly; reports to the Trial Court Administrator the unit’s monthly activity on the number of hearings scheduled, hearings heard, and orders signed.
  • Serve as liaison between the State and Court, resolving calendar/scheduling matters, issues, and complaints.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as preparing periodic employee performance evaluations, or completing job related paper work such as timesheets, travel expense reports or benefit forms.
  • Review letters from attorneys and pro se litigants and prepare responses.
  • Attend staff meetings to exchange information; attend seminars, technical or professional classes, workshops and conferences to improve professional skills.
  • Read and review professional journals and case law updates to stay current on the regulations and statues governing family court.
  • Conduct seminars and training for staff and judges’ staff.
  • The position requires contact with Judges and their staff, court administration staff, State Attorney’s Office personnel, attorneys, litigants, witnesses, expert witnesses, children, court security officers, bailiffs, Department of Correction officers, police officers, Family Court Services staff, Self Help staff, Bar associations.
  • Perform related work as required.

Education and Training Guidelines

Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis and additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis.  

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school and five years of experience in the practice of law and one year of supervisory or administrative experience.

Handling family law cases Title IV-D support matters and one year of supervisory or administrative experience preferred.

Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.

Competencies

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 for achieving moderate economies or preventing major losses through interpreting policy as legal counsel.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurements, or logarithms; may use algebraic solutions of equations and equalities, deductive geometry, and/or descriptive statistics.

Communications Requirements:
Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.

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 moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units or citizens.

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

Safety of Others:
Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Special Comments

Hearing Officer must be a resident of Miami-Dade County upon appointment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Thorough knowledge of state laws and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure.

Thorough knowledge of general and specific law, state laws, established precedents, and sources of legal reference.

Thorough knowledge of court procedures, rules of evidence and trial and courtroom procedures.

Thorough knowledge of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Knowledge of the responsibilities and authority of Hearing Officers.

Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to apply legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.

Ability to conduct legal research.

Ability to prepare for hearings, hear cases, and present reports and orders clearly and logically in oral and written form.

Ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations.

Ability to supervise the work of employees in a manner that is conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to gather, analyze, interpret, summarize, and present statistical data.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, and various stakeholders. Ability to communicate clearly.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.

Ability to counsel persons on sensitive issues.

Ability to perform work as required.

How to Apply

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 submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2017.

For additional information, please email jobs@jud11.flcourts.org, visit  www.jud11.flcourts.org or contact:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Maria E. Mihaic
175 NW 1st Avenue, Suite 2702
Miami, Florida 33128
Telephone: 305-349-7351

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.   NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted.

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 indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay