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Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Hiring Assistant General Counsel

Posted on: 22 Nov 2018 504 views
: Assistant General Counsel
: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
: Bachelors Degree in Law

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Date: Nov 21, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32609

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Requisition No: 48872 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle

Working Title: Assistant General Counsel - 76002714

Position Number: 76002714 

Salary:  $66,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 12/04/2018 

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Executive Director



 In order to be considered for this position, applicant responses to qualifying questions must be clearly stated within the employment history.  Software systems and actual work experience, years of employment, hours worked per week must be clearly defined, or the application may not be considered for the position.


Assistant General Counsel (Class Title: Senior Attorney)

$66,000.00 Annually  

Contact Person: Contact Person: Kathy Jimenez, (850) 617-3101


The Organization

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provide highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. With a workforce of approximately 4,500 employees throughout the state, the Department is leading the way to A Safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles, and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.


Our Benefits include:

  • Annual and Sick Leave Package
  • Nine Paid Holidays
  • State Health and Life Insurance
  • Educational Benefits
  • Contributory Retirement Plan

To learn more about DHSMV and why it’s a great place to work, visit our website at:


Description of Job

This Assistant General Counsel position reports directly to a Chief Legal Counsel, in the Office of the General Counsel. As the Assistant General Counsel you will represent the Department in trial and appellate work in civil and administrative cases, including, Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). This position is responsible for preparing pleadings, briefs, and attending oral arguments incidental to these cases.


Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with a combination of two (2) years of litigation and appellate experience.


Position Requirements

  • The selected applicant must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing.
  • The selected applicant must pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) criminal history background check.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have and maintain a valid driver’s license in good standing. A driver’s license history review will be conducted on all candidates in consideration for the position.
  • Travel is required.


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in civil, appellate, and administrative litigation. 
  • Possess excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Florida statues, Florida Administrative code, and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


General Information

  • The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment and/or oral interview.
  • Applicants being considered for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment fingerprinting and background investigation.
  • The process for selecting applicant(s) for this position could take up to six months.  Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement in order to be considered for that vacancy.
  • HSMV employees are paid once a month on the last workday of each month. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville

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