MyFlorida GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 13TH CIRCUIT- CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015562 in TAMPA, Florida
GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 13TH CIRCUIT- CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015562
Date: Sep 23, 2022
TAMPA, FL, US, 33602
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Requisition No: 745382
Agency: Justice Administrative Commission
Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE, 13TH CIRCUIT- CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015562
Position Number: 21015562
Posting Closing Date: 10/21/2022
STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
GUARDIAN AD LITEM CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER
IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website: www.guardianadlitem.orgto apply for this position:
Click on the “Career Opportunities” icon.
Scroll down to the link, “Submit Your Guardian ad Litem Employment Application Here.”
Complete the “mini” job application and attach your current resume.
Select Hillsborough County for the job location
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office is Florida’s award-winning, state-funded child advocacy organization. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers, that includes more than 180 attorneys. Its primary focus is the powerful and effective representation of Florida’s abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Most of these children are abruptly removed from their homes, and sadly, many end up in foster care. The Office’s mission is to provide the most vulnerable children in Florida with an adult from their community who will be a consistent, positive presence in the child’s life as a part of a multi-disciplinary team that may include trained volunteers, pro bono attorneys, staff attorneys, and child welfare professionals providing the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s rights and best interests. A critical function is to provide dependency judges with thorough and accurate information regarding the children under the court’s jurisdiction. The Office’s core values strongly reinforce and enhance its mission. Those values are:
Commitment to Children
Communication Built on Trust
An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found atwww.guardianadlitem.org.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
This is a highly independent, responsible position focused on achieving the Guardian ad Litem Office’s primary mission: to represent every child under the jurisdiction of Florida’s dependency courts. This position works on a multi-disciplinary team that may include trained volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and staff attorneys to provide the highest quality community advocacy and legal representation to protect each child’s rights and best interests. In this position, you may work directly with children, as a Staff Advocate, or work with children though assigned volunteers, as a Volunteer Supervisor, or by a combination of the two roles. The Guardian ad Litem Office offers excellent benefits, affordable health insurance plans and options, sick and annual leave policies, free life insurance, a tuition waiver program, holiday schedule and qualified participation in the Florida Retirement System (FRS).
ABOUT THE WORK
The Child Advocate Manager I position encompasses a broad range of managerial, consultative, administrative, advocacy and leadership activities. The Child Advocate Manager may also supervise a group of GAL child advocate volunteers. Some examples of a “typical” working day may include the following:
Consulting with GAL attorneys , senior child advocate managers and members of the child advocacy team
Overseeing the work of GAL child advocate volunteers
Gathering and documenting pertinent case information
Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the advocacy team or to the court
Preparing written reports to the court
Attending internal and external case-related court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffings and meetings
Visiting or consulting with assigned caseload children, caregivers, schools or service providers
Utilizing the organization’s database and reporting systems
Participating in internal and external training, meetings and conferences
ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The following are desirable knowledge, skills, abilities and traits for prospective Child Advocate Manager I position candidates:
Self-motivated and achievement oriented
Strong desire to learn and pursue personal development
Ability to take direction and work as part of a team
Ability to effectively interact with and/or influence people of diverse backgrounds
Ability to exercise discretion, respect privacy and maintain confidentiality
Strong organizational/time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
Excellent oral, written and computer literacy skills
Able to maintain a professional and effective demeanor in emotional or traumatic situations
Ability to coach, instruct and motivate volunteers
Knowledge of case management, social support services and concepts of child development
Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health
Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System
Knowledge of Florida Statutes relating to child welfare and protection
ABOUT THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
The following are education and experience requirements for prospective Child Advocate Manager position candidates:
Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in sociology, social work, psychology, child development, education, juvenile justice, communications, or a related social science
Two years of experience in a program focusing on child welfare, social service, counseling, teaching, or supervising volunteers desired but not required
All individuals hired after February 1, 2020, must obtain a Child Advocate Manager Certification offered by the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of hire date.
Maintain certification during the duration of employment. Agency pays costs of certification.
(Please note: The Executive Director or designee may grant an exception for the required education and experience.)
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may 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.
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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