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The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Job Title

General Counsel

General Summary

This is the principal legal position for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) responsible for legal activities of a highly complex nature.

Work involves ensuring that OPPAGA complies with all applicable laws in the performance of its analytical duties; advising Coordinator and research teams in all policy areas regarding legal issues in reports and research documents; serving as legal liaison between OPPAGA and other legislative units including House, Senate and the Office of Legislative Services (OLS); and serving as legal liaison with Executive Branch agencies and other entities for purposes of OPPAGA’s analytical work.  Independent legal decisions are made on a daily basis.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the OPPAGA Coordinator who is appointed by and reports to the President and Speaker, or their designees, and this work is reviewed for overall effectiveness.

Examples of Work Performed

Conducts highly technical, varied, and complex legal research work in connection with the work of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). Advises Coordinator on legal content, statements and conclusions in office products and publications, and other advice as requested.
Advises analysts and project teams in all policy areas during research on legal aspects of analytical products.
Assists teams in acquiring non-public and confidential information necessary for project analysis, including private sector information.
Prepares legal documents as needed for office data agreements and other purposes.
Drafts and assists staff in preparation of proposed legislation or special projects; keeps abreast of pending legislation in which the unit is interested or which might affect the unit in any manner.
Coordinates with Senate, House, or OLS counsel on issues relating to their respective clients.
May serve as a project leader or coordinator on matters not solely legal in nature.
Maintains communications with agency heads, or their assigned deputies, assistants, and agency general counsel.
May supervise subordinate attorneys and review their proposals for final presentation.
Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of legal terminology.
Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedures.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and/or administration.
Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
Ability to provide legal counsel.
Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules.
Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
Ability to take initiative on independent research projects.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public, press, and lobbyists.
Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public.
Ability to collect and analyze data.
Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents and reports.
Ability to research legal documents and legal references.
Ability to prepare and present trial briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments.
Ability to supervise people.
Ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
Ability to formulate policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar and four years of professional experience in the practice of law to include the trial of cases in state or federal courts, or in formal administrative proceedings.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates who are well-versed in Florida law, have knowledge of executive agency rules and procedures, understand the legislative process, and can communicate well with a wide range of subject matter experts as well as elected and appointed officials will be given preference.

Salary

Salary will be commensurate with experience and/or demonstration of preferred qualifications.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:

Florida Legislature
OPPAGA
Kim Gilley
312 Claude Pepper Building
111 West Madison Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.