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GUARDIAN AD LITEM, FIRST CIRCUIT - CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER

  • ... Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
  • ... Full time
  • ... Salary: 41371.2 per year
  • Posted on: Feb 05, 2024       Expires on: Mar 21, 2024

GUARDIAN AD LITEM, FIRST CIRCUIT - CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER   

JOB TITLE:

GUARDIAN AD LITEM, FIRST CIRCUIT - CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Fort Walton Beach Florida United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Requisition No: 822256

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM, FIRST CIRCUIT - CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015722

Pay Plan: Justice Admin Comm.

Position Number: 21015722

Salary: $41,371.
20

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2024

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STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
GUARDIAN AD LITEM CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER



IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website: www.
guardianadlitem.
org
to apply for this position:

  • Click on the “Career Opportunities” icon.
  • Scroll down to the link, “Submit Your Guardian ad Litem Office Employment Application Here.
  • Complete the “mini” job application and attach your current resume.
  • Select OKALOOSA COUNTY for the job location
OR
  • Email your mini application and resume directly to C1.
    Apps@gal.
    fl.
    gov

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, which 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 part of a multi-disciplinary team that always includes an attorney, child welfare professional and hopefully a community volunteer if one is available, providing the highest quality community advocacy and independent legal representation to protect each child's legal 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
  • Collective Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Courtesy

An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found at www.
guardianadlitem.
org.


As an employee with the State of Florida, your benefits are a significant part of your compensation with 19 percent of your total compensation coming from the benefits that the State offers.
As a full-time employee, your insurance rate will be significantly low due to the contribution of the State of Florida.
In fact, single coverage is as low as $50 per month, with family coverage costing only $180 per month.


While the rates are higher for half-time employees, health insurance options are still available if you are in a salaried position.


BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE:
  • State of Florida Retirement package – Pension or Investment plan (3% employee contribution required)
  • State group insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
  • Flexible spending account
  • Nine paid state holidays each calendar year
  • One paid personal holiday each fiscal year
  • 13 paid sick leave days accrued within the calendar year
  • 13 paid annual leave days accrued within the calendar year with an increase after five years
  • Life insurance of $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions.
    Employees may purchase additional coverage
  • Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • State tuition waivers
  • Child Advocate Manager training and professional certification with the Florida Certification Board
  • No State of Florida income tax for residents of Florida
  • No mandatory night/weekend/holiday scheduled work

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
This is a highly independent, responsible position focused on achieving the Guardian ad Litem Office’s vision: 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 in collaboration with assigned volunteers, as a Child Advocate Manager, or by a combination of the two roles.


ABOUT THE WORK

The Child Advocate Manager position encompasses a broad range of consultative, administrative and advocacy activities.
The Child Advocate Manager may also supervise a group of Guardian Ad Litem Office Child Advocate volunteers.
Some examples of a “typical” working day may include the following:

  • Collaborate with the Guardian ad Litem Office multidisciplinary team, management, Department of Children and Families, contracted service providers, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Education, Law Enforcement, etc.
  • Overseeing the work of Guardian ad Litem Office volunteers.
  • Gathering and documenting independent pertinent case information.
  • Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the Guardian ad Litem Office multidisciplinary team, to the court and to our child welfare partners.
  • Preparing written reports to the court.
  • Provide testimony to the court.
  • Attending internal and external case-related court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffing’s and meetings.
  • Visiting and contacting assigned children, parents, caregivers, schools and 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 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 is preferred but prior experience will be considered to meet the degree requirement.
    Experience could include time as Child Protective Investigator, Dependency Case Manager, Juvenile Probation Officer, Law Enforcement, Military, Educators, or other professional experiences working with children and families.
  • Two years of experience in a program focusing on child welfare, social service, counseling, teaching, managing people or supervising volunteers is desired but not required.
  • Experience with critical decision making, planning, organizing, coaching, leading, or supervising will be helpful to a successful candidate.
  • All individuals hired after February 1, 2020, must be able to obtain a Child Advocate Manager Certification offered by the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of hire date.
  • Maintain Child Advocate Manager 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.
)
Revised: January 16, 2020
Revised: July 1, 2023


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.

Position Details

POSTED:

Feb 05, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

41371.2 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1707482320-e0fd12d659c7e6f7b264a9d3401e9691

LOCATION:

Florida United States

CITY:

Fort Walton Beach

Job Origin:

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Requisition No: 822256

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: GUARDIAN AD LITEM, FIRST CIRCUIT - CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER - 21015722

Pay Plan: Justice Admin Comm.

Position Number: 21015722

Salary: $41,371.20

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2024

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STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
GUARDIAN AD LITEM CHILD ADVOCATE MANAGER



IMPORTANT! – Please navigate to the following website: www.guardianadlitem.org to apply for this position:

  • Click on the “Career Opportunities” icon.
  • Scroll down to the link, “Submit Your Guardian ad Litem Office Employment Application Here.”
  • Complete the “mini” job application and attach your current resume.
  • Select OKALOOSA COUNTY for the job location
OR
  • Email your mini application and resume directly to C1.Apps@gal.fl.gov

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, which 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 part of a multi-disciplinary team that always includes an attorney, child welfare professional and hopefully a community volunteer if one is available, providing the highest quality community advocacy and independent legal representation to protect each child's legal 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
  • Collective Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Courtesy

An excellent overview of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office can be found at www.guardianadlitem.org.


As an employee with the State of Florida, your benefits are a significant part of your compensation with 19 percent of your total compensation coming from the benefits that the State offers. As a full-time employee, your insurance rate will be significantly low due to the contribution of the State of Florida. In fact, single coverage is as low as $50 per month, with family coverage costing only $180 per month.


While the rates are higher for half-time employees, health insurance options are still available if you are in a salaried position.


BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR THE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE:
  • State of Florida Retirement package – Pension or Investment plan (3% employee contribution required)
  • State group insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
  • Flexible spending account
  • Nine paid state holidays each calendar year
  • One paid personal holiday each fiscal year
  • 13 paid sick leave days accrued within the calendar year
  • 13 paid annual leave days accrued within the calendar year with an increase after five years
  • Life insurance of $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions. Employees may purchase additional coverage
  • Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • State tuition waivers
  • Child Advocate Manager training and professional certification with the Florida Certification Board
  • No State of Florida income tax for residents of Florida
  • No mandatory night/weekend/holiday scheduled work

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
This is a highly independent, responsible position focused on achieving the Guardian ad Litem Office’s vision: 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 in collaboration with assigned volunteers, as a Child Advocate Manager, or by a combination of the two roles.


ABOUT THE WORK

The Child Advocate Manager position encompasses a broad range of consultative, administrative and advocacy activities. The Child Advocate Manager may also supervise a group of Guardian Ad Litem Office Child Advocate volunteers. Some examples of a “typical” working day may include the following:

  • Collaborate with the Guardian ad Litem Office multidisciplinary team, management, Department of Children and Families, contracted service providers, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Education, Law Enforcement, etc.
  • Overseeing the work of Guardian ad Litem Office volunteers.
  • Gathering and documenting independent pertinent case information.
  • Providing best interests advocacy recommendations to the Guardian ad Litem Office multidisciplinary team, to the court and to our child welfare partners.
  • Preparing written reports to the court.
  • Provide testimony to the court.
  • Attending internal and external case-related court hearings, depositions, case plan conferences, dependency mediations, staffing’s and meetings.
  • Visiting and contacting assigned children, parents, caregivers, schools and 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 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 is preferred but prior experience will be considered to meet the degree requirement. Experience could include time as Child Protective Investigator, Dependency Case Manager, Juvenile Probation Officer, Law Enforcement, Military, Educators, or other professional experiences working with children and families.
  • Two years of experience in a program focusing on child welfare, social service, counseling, teaching, managing people or supervising volunteers is desired but not required.
  • Experience with critical decision making, planning, organizing, coaching, leading, or supervising will be helpful to a successful candidate.
  • All individuals hired after February 1, 2020, must be able to obtain a Child Advocate Manager Certification offered by the Florida Certification Board within 12 months of hire date.
  • Maintain Child Advocate Manager 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.)
Revised: January 16, 2020
Revised: July 1, 2023


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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