Salary: $23,645.18 - $33,400.00
Posting Closing Date: 01/22/2018
Administrative Assistant II
Office of the General Counsel
State of Florida Department of Management Services
This position is located in Tallahassee
The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing various business-related functions throughout state government. Under the direction of Governor Rick Scott and DMS’ Executive Leadership Team, the agency oversees the real estate, procurement, human resources, group insurance, retirement, telecommunications, private prisons, and fleet and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. The Department of Management Services is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government. The Department of Management Services facilitates the delivery of these programs and services and provides tools and training to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its motto, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Erin Rock, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: establishing a process-oriented mindset; challenging the status quo; creating efficiencies; and respecting state employees.
- Prepare notices of hearings, notices of appearance, notices of taking depositions, subpoenas for production of documents and appearance of witnesses, trial/hearing preparations, routine legal actions and pleadings, associated memoranda and correspondence in final form without assistance based upon information obtained from assigned attorney(s) and reflected in the office files in accordance with good office practices and the requirements of applicable rules of civil, administrative and appellate procedure.
- Maintain current records of all matters handled by assigned attorney(s) by entering in the Legal Case Tracking System per office procedures. Information in the Legal Case Tracking System may include, but is not limited to: description of matter, persons involved, date received, description and date of developments affecting disposition thereof, date closed, and nature and extent of legal services rendered in connection therewith.
- Schedule court or administrative hearings and secure services of certified court reporters for hearings and for depositions. Maintains all records associated with assigned proceedings; acts as liaison with opposing counsel, witnesses, court reporters, and others; tracks and calendars filing deadlines for all assigned cases.
- Schedule conferences called by assigned attorney(s), including designation of date, time and place thereof; develops agenda of matters to be discussed. Maintains calendar of all scheduled meetings, interviews, conferences, court and administrative appearances, and other commitments involving the assigned attorney(s) in accordance with a determination of the rank and priority thereof.
- Schedule and coordinate all travel arrangements for assigned attorney(s), including travel and hotel accommodations. Confer with Finance and Accounting relative to any problems arising in regard to such travel.
- Maintain contact with assigned attorney(s) as necessary to keep them advised of developments requiring their attention, and performs such clerical and administrative services as are necessary to carry out instructions in handling of developments in their absence.
- Monitor time-sensitive correspondence and issues to ensure compliance with Departmental information requirements. Maintain or assist with maintaining internal tracking systems to ensure legal staff are kept apprised regarding the status of legal cases, special projects and issues within the purview of assigned attorney(s).
- Provide interim cross-functional support within the Office of the General Counsel for special projects and peak workload periods required to support operational needs.
- Provide prompt, professional and courteous customer service in response to all inquiries and requests for information received by the Office of the General Counsel.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Proven record of providing excellent internal and external customer service.
- Strong organizational, technology, and communication skills.
- Must be familiar with Outlook, Microsoft Office applications, and Adobe applications.
- Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position.
- Knowledge of administrative principles and practices.
- Knowledge of office procedures and practices.
- Knowledge of the methods of data collection.
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communication.
- Ability to collect, evaluate and analyze data relating to administrative functions such as accounting, personnel, purchasing or report writing.
- Ability to prepare correspondence and administrative reports.
- Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- 1 year of experience working in the legal field is required.
- Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite.
- 1-2 years litigation experience preferred.
DMS is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following provided email addresses.
An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job related requirements for a position and can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DMS Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 488-2707. DMS requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.
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.
Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee