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The Florida Legislature
Committee on Community Affairs

Job Title

Attorney - Committee on Community Affairs

General Summary

Provides legal work in the examination and preparation of legislation, legislative programs, legal instruments, opinions, briefs, bill analyses, or other documents; conducts research to assist staff director; and provides counsel and advice to legislative committees. Common subject areas within the purview of the Committee on Community Affairs include, but are not limited to, local government formation, growth management, municipal annexation and contraction, special districts, property taxes, local option sales taxes, building codes, affordable housing, and local government mandates.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists with legal research in evaluating state statutes and preparation of legal opinions on questions submitted by authorized persons.
  • Drafts legislative bills, resolutions, and amendments in technically complete language, under supervision.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice to legislators and legislative committees on the less complex legal matters including the development of legislation and legislative programs; interprets state and federal legislation related to programs of any governmental unit.
  • Recommends needed changes to legislation based upon trends in case law, agency comment or citizen request.
  • 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.
  • Reviews agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedures Act, to identify instances of invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; monitors Florida court cases and administrative decisions.
  • Maintains communications with agency heads, or their assigned deputies, assistants, and agency general counsel.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
  • 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 and concisely, both 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.
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume, completed Florida Legislature Employment Application, and unofficial college transcripts to:
 
Senate Committee on Community Affairs
ATTN: Elizabeth Ryon, Deputy Staff Director
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
 

 

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.