Company: Osceola County
Posted on: May 3, 2021
General Description of Duties Under executive direction, the
purpose of the position is to perform professional work advising
various County boards, agencies, departments and offices as
assigned on legal matters and representing the County in court when
necessary. Employee functions in a journey professional capacity to
act as general legal counsel in assigned areas on issues with legal
implication, and representing such interests in court, as
necessary. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to,
employment law, real estate law, and civil rights. Employee
supervises and reviews the work of departmental clerical and
support staff. Essential Job Functions The list of essential
functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of
the tasks performed within this classification. It is not
necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The
omission of an essential function does not preclude management from
assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical
assignment to the position.
- Serves as legal counsel to the Board of Commissioners, County
Manager, elected officials, Agency and Department Heads, members of
the County's management staff, and other County employees and
entities as assigned; attends various meetings to provide advice
and legal counsel.
- Develops and recommends policies, procedures and actions based
on legal knowledge and experience, interpretation of legal
documents, and analysis of County liability.
- Investigates claims for and against assigned departments,
programs and boards, and makes recommendations for the settlement
of claims, as appropriate.
- Reviews, investigates and responds to citizen complaints
alleging County duty or failure to act, the County's management
staff, and other County employees and entities as assigned; attends
various meetings to provide advice and legal counsel.
- Prepares or reviews and/or edits contracts, deeds, leases,
resolutions, ordinances and other legal documents as required.
- Conducts litigation in suits for and against assigned
officials, departments, programs and boards; prepares pleadings,
discovery and briefs; researches legal issues; conducts or defends
depositions of witnesses; conducts investigations; prepares and
tries cases; appeals adverse judgments.
- Researches and gathers facts, checks investigation reports,
reviews files, answers correspondence, prepares responses to legal
- Participates in the preparation and presentation of seminars,
workshops and training initiatives on various legal issues as
- Conducts or supervises investigations, including interviewing
witnesses and reviewing documents.
- Supervises and reviews activities of assigned administrative
support staff member; resolves problems as non-routine situations
arise; may perform performance appraisals.
- May perform a variety of administrative functions, e.g., budget
work and verifications, screening and recommendation applicants for
professional employment, administration of internal employment
opportunities program, purchasing and implementation.
- Maintains current knowledge of legislative trends and
developments for application to areas of responsibility.
- Performs duties as assigned/necessary which are related, or
logical in assignment to the position.
Candidates must be a member in good standing with The Florida
Bar. A minimum of three (3) years experience as a practicing
attorney with an emphasis on the practice of local government law
is strongly preferred.
Miscellaneous: Must possess and maintain a valid FL driver's
PHYSICAL DEMAND REQUIREMENTS:
Physical Demand: Light
- 20 pounds maximum lifting.
- Frequent (up to 2/3 of the work time) lifting, carrying up to 10
- If less lifting involved will require significant
- If mostly sitting is involved will require push/pull on arm or
- Expressing or exchanging ideas by spoken word or perceiving sound
- Good eyesight for production or safety of self and others.
- Physical agility is required in kneeling, bending, stooping, and
- Required to have clear vision at distances of 20 inches or less.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to effectively supervise a staff comprised of
professional support staff responsible for carrying out County
- Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws and rules
and regulations governing areas of assignment.
- Knowledge of methods, techniques and strategies applied to
receipt, evaluation and disposition of cases; knowledge of methods
and techniques used to interface pre-trial investigation
information with trial work.
- Knowledge of the body of available and current information
resources applicable to the assignment area for legal research
purposes and for special projects as may be assigned; knowledge of
related methods and techniques used to conduct legal research,
including research computer programs and related software.
- Skill in conducting legal research; drafting legal documents;
conducting effective presentations; and identifying and
investigating the facts of legal matters.
- Skill in problem resolution, decision making, legal
negotiation, arbitration, and mediation.
- Interpersonal, leadership, planning, management and
communications skills; ability to communicate professionally
verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
- Ability to interpret rules, regulations, and policies for
effective decision-making in accordance with established
- Ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of others
in a manner conducive to full performance and compliance with
established policies, procedures and regulatory standards
applicable to the work.
- Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office
equipment and standard software applications, e.g., word
processors, database software, spreadsheet applications.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships and communications with internal customers, external
entities, members of the judiciary, co-workers and the public.
- Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet
established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum
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