County Administrator HR Clerk of the Circuit Court

Senior Paralegal Specialist

Recruitment #1911-SRPLSPCPR3-003

Introduction

Hillsborough County (County seat of Tampa, FL) is a great place to work! Situated along Florida's Gulf Coast, this region boasts an enviable quality of life with year round sunshine, a unique cultural heritage and a diverse business climate. For both individuals and companies alike, Tampa offers accessibility, affordability and opportunity.

Hillsborough County Government is a great employer looking for new members to join its team who are aligned with the core values of commitment to excellence; stellar customer service; and embracing diversity, transparency, and accountability. Our employees enjoy careers that are professionally and personally rewarding and provide competitive and reasonable compensation.

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies and thousands of employees. We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including port operations, childrens' education, arts and culture, courts, planning and zoning, public transportation, environmental protection, and employment-related services.

Read below to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

Experience in local government law, including but not limited to, experience in general litigation, specifically, eminent domain matters. 

JOB OVERVIEW

Performs para-professional and independent duties assisting in complex legal issues including legal research, preparation of pleadings, legal documents and reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university;

and

Four or more years experience as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Considerable knowledge of the laws of Florida and other legislation pertaining to Hillsborough County
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of legal research
  • Ability to operate a computer to access automated databases and legal reference materials
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in order to draft legal documents and interact with the public and governmental agencies and employees
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with county officials, employees, court officials and the general public
  • Ability to compile, analyze and organize data and information
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability and willingness to provide assistance in legal office administrative practices and procedures
  • Ability to supervise and train paralegals in the methods of legal research

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Performs complex legal research to aid attorneys in the preparation of civil cases by investigating facts of the case and by identifying appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles and other materials to determine the merits of a proposed case.
  • Reviews law files to determine if cases are appropriate for mediation or arbitration.
  • Prepares complex legal memoranda, general correspondence, reports and legal arguments; obtains affidavits; assists in drafting pleadings, trial and appellate briefs under the direction of an attorney.
  • Analyzes data and prepares tables, compilations and graphs for presentation in legal proceedings.
  • Establishes and maintains a fully indexed and cross-referenced database of briefs, memoranda, and other legal materials.
  • Refers attorneys and laypersons to appropriate legal research materials.
  • Provides guidance to department personnel concerning the conduct of legal research; coordinates the work of non-attorney legal resource personnel; coordinates the preparation of documentary material for civil litigation cases.
  • Identifies and arranges for expert witnesses for court cases.
  • May serve as liaison between attorneys, mediators/arbitrators and the public responding to questions and providing information, as needed.
  • May assist attorneys during trials.
  • Refers attorneys and laypersons to appropriate legal references.
  • May supervise or train paralegals by providing support, guidance and instruction on assigned projects as well as serving as project coordinator on complex or moderately complex legal assignments.
  • Assist Paralegals with the interpretation of organization policies and procedures.
  • Performs business related activities and functions regarding legal office administrative practices and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

Selection Plan

  • Supplemental Questionnaire and Application Screening
  • Establish List of Qualified Candidates
  • Department Selection Interviews*
  • Background Investigation
  • Offer

*The Department named at the top of this job bulletin is responsible for reviewing the qualified applications on the referral list and will carefully consider all qualified submissions during the screening of candidates. You will be contacted by the department directly if you are selected to continue in the recruitment process. Due to the high level of interest in the position, it will not be possible to interview every minimally qualified applicant. The Department, or its Human Resources Department, will notify you, via email, when the position has been filled.