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The Florida Legislature
Civil Justice Subcommittee

Job Title

Policy Chief - Civil Justice Subcommittee

General Summary

The Civil Justice Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives is seeking to hire an attorney or policy analyst who has experience in civil law.  The subcommittee handles a broad range of issues related to civil justice.  For example, the subcommittee hears bills relating to tort issues, insurance litigation, real estate issues, and trust and probate issues, as well as claim bills.  This is responsible work at an advanced level functioning as a senior advisor and expert to the chair of a subcommittee requiring the ability to perform complex analytical tasks on which state policy may be based. An employee in a position allocated to this class sets priorities, focuses direction of research, monitors work progress, and coordinates final reports, legislation, and correspondence for a subcommittee.
 

Examples of Work Performed

  • Conceptualizes and conducts studies related to subject area policy, draft legislative bills, resolutions and amendments to solve problems identified by the subcommittee chair, other subcommittee members, subcommittee staff, lobbyists, or constituents.
  • Plans and coordinates the preparation of research projects and other major subcommittee documents.
  • Consults and maintains communication with agencies and organizations to identify issues which require legislative attention. Reviews agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedures Act, to identify instances of the invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; monitors Florida court cases and administrative decisions related to subcommittee subject matters.
  • Coordinates the planning of the subcommittee meetings with chair and staff and presents subcommittee findings when appropriate.
  • Maintains oversight of executive branch agencies within jurisdictional area and investigates operations which deviate from an expected or statutory norm.
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and on other matters in question for Legislators and staff; answers telephone inquiries and composes routine responses to constituents.
  • Maintains a high level of expertise in subcommittee subject area and monitors all significant changes and activities.
  • Briefs legislators verbally or in writing on issues to be discussed in committee, on the floor, or with constituents.
  • May select, train, discipline, and evaluate the performance of staff employees. Assists in planning workloads, workflows, deadlines, work objectives, and time utilization with employees.
  • Prepares necessary subcommittee reports.
  • Participates in formulating and implementing policies and procedures for the subcommittee.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the legislative process.
  • Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and legal research.
  • Knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of Florida state government, legislative rules, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the subject matter under the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and management.
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, and organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the demands of the public, press, and lobbyists.
  • Ability to conduct meetings and make presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct work and evaluate results and alternative strategies.
  • Ability to utilize legal research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws and rules.
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
  • Ability to process large amounts of information from diverse sources and to integrate that information into logical format for presentation in reports, documents, and other written materials.
  • Ability to be resourceful and act independently.
  • Ability to do short- and long-range program project planning.
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to train and supervise others.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and seven years of professional administrative, research, policy analysis, or program planning and evaluation experience.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience.

A doctorate from an accredited college or university can substitute for two years of the required experience.

Professional experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to those with a Juris doctorate from an accredited college or university and at least five years of professional experience as an attorney.

Member in good standing with The Florida Bar.

Salary

Salary Range is commensurate with experience.

The Legislature provides competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Submission of Application

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

The Florida House of Representatives
House Administration
Attn: Lawanda Williams
402 S Monroe St, Suite 1201
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

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.