Current Job Opportunity


November 20, 2017

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Appellate Judicial Assistant - District Court

Job Location

Second District Court of Appeal, Lakeland Florida

Salary Range

$35,868.39 Annually*
*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to provide responsible administrative, secretarial, and clerical and organizational support for a district court judge in the processing of appeals cases in the district court. The position is responsible for administrative tasks of responsibility. The position works independently under limited supervision.

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.  

Two years of college or vocational school education in office skills, business management, paralegal or a closely related field and five years of related experience.


Data Responsibility:
Compiles, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.

People Responsibility:
Persuades or influences others in favor of a service, course of action, or point of view.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.

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

Communications Requirements:
Reads journals and manuals; composes specialized reports and business letters using proper format and grammar; speaks to groups of coworkers and people outside the organization.

Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderate impact - affects those in work unit.

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 or custom applications.

Special Comments

If the appointment is a promotion opportunity for a current state employee, a promotional increase of up to 5% may be available based on qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to compose correspondence, proofread and edit legal memoranda and orders using current software applications. Superior knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.  Requires a thorough knowledge of appellate court rules and procedures, including legal production format and guidelines.  Working contacts are made with justices, judges, law clerks, Office of State Courts Administrator, clerk's office, marshal's office, court administrators, attorneys, The Florida Bar, the media and the general public. Ability to handle matters before the court with integrity and confidentiality.  This position requires initiative, strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Professional verbal and written communication skills are essential.

*Significant experience with composing, formatting, organizing and editting documents in Microsoft Word and Adobe Pro.

*Applicants with legal training or experience are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Submit a current and complete State of Florida application, cover letter and resume to: in PDF file.  Please put "Judicial Assistant" on the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information, please contact:

Mary Siegel, Jodie Siemen or Jacinda Haynes
Post Office Box 327
Lakeland, Florida 33802
Telephone: (863)940-6050

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying.

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.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

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 Service 1-800-955-8771.