Requisition No: 249221

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL – 64085548

Position Number: 64085548

Salary: $85,999.94 – 88,579.92

Posting Closing Date: 10/22/2020

Florida Department of Health


Open Competitive

Tallahassee, FL

$85,999.94 – 88,579.92

Incumbent in this position provides management and leadership to the Attorney Supervisors, Attorneys and staff in the Medical Section, within the Office of the General Counsel, Prosecution Services Unit.

Duties within the section include:

  • Manages caseloads by assigning and coordinating work;
  • Oversees quality and timeliness of litigation by triaging and auditing case inventories;
  • Utilizes computer case management system to track employee productivity;
  • Generates, analyzes, and disseminates real-time reporting data to both employees and senior management;
  • Conducts and arranges training to assist attorneys and staff in their assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • Develops and implements efficient procedures for resolving cases;
  • Represents the Department before the boards, probable cause panels and the Division of Administrative Hearings;
  • Personally, participates in litigation of high priority cases and issues;
  • Renders legal opinions and advice on handling cases before DOAH;
  • Attends employees DOAH proceedings to provide logistic and legal support;
  • Cooperates closely with Executive Directors and Board Counsel to promote efficient progression of cases heard at board meetings.
  • Cooperates closely with Bureau of Enforcement to support statewide enforcement operations and targeted enforcement of state statutes and board rules.
  • Assists in identifying and utilizing contracted health care experts to ensure current and accurate information is available during litigation;
  • Requires attorney accountability for submission of timely Daily Activity Reports;
  • Reviews and researches proposed or pending legislation;
  • Responds to inquiries from counsel, the public and other agencies regarding current cases, agency policy and public record requests;

Performs related prosecutorial work such as drafting pleadings, litigating cases before DOAH, preparing and presenting cases before the boards and probable cause panels, etc., as needed.

This individual will be responsible for supervisory duties, including, but not limiting to, hiring and selection, developing performance plans, conducting performance appraisals, planning and directing work; approving leave and taking disciplinary action, as appropriate.

We request that all applications be completed with People First – no faxed or mailed applications to the agency. Experience, education, and/or training used to meet the minimum qualifications and in response to the qualifying questions must be verifiable through information contained in your application.
When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month, and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please be advised:
Florida DOH is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency. Duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.

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

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

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.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

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.

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