State of FloridaTallahassee, FloridaFull TimeOn Site

Requisition No: 500182

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21016091

Salary: $40,000.00 - $50,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 11/20/2021

Job Description

Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region has an opening for a Full-Time Forensic Social Worker needed to support dependency attorneys in our Tallahassee office. The position will be tasked with objectives of supporting the client's rights and enhancing the legal positions asserted on the client's behalf. The position requires strong communications skills, the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team setting, and a shared commitment to a client-centered, multidisciplinary representation model. The Forensic Social Worker must have experience and working knowledge of common issues experienced and confronting clients in dependency & TPR proceedings, such as substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and trauma. The Forensic Social Worker must possess the clinical and interpersonal ability and sound judgment to carry out complex assignments in a professional manner which include, but are not limited to, the following: conduct independent client assessments; meet with clients in the community and/or their residences; interface with the state's Department of Children and Families to promote plans for services tailored to the client's needs; monitor and assist client's progress throughout the case; observe the interactions of clients with their children; and advocate for the client's interests in a variety of settings and forums. This position requires obtaining knowledge of the dependency court system and resources in Leon and surrounding counties. There is a requirement to engage in ongoing training relevant to child welfare policy, clinical matters, and other issues related to dependency court law and practice.


(NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed in positions allocated in this class. 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.)

Provide case management services and support to clients;

Complete face-to-face intakes with clients upon case opening and maintain ongoing contact with the clients for the duration of the legal case;

Document work done on the client’s behalf in the case management system;

Link and refer clients to appropriate services and resources;

Communicate with attorneys regarding the client’s progress towards or barriers to success in regard to the client’s service plan and regarding other relevant updates/changes in the client’s status;

Interface with providers offering direct services to clients;

Attend dependency court related meetings and in-court proceedings to offer clinical insights to the attorney and act as a support person for clients;

Attend and observe visitation between parent and child;

Conduct visits with the client in their home or in the community; and,

Participate in trainings on topics such as relevant clinical issues and current multidisciplinary best practices.

Minimum Training And Experience

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Related experience with the local dependency court system or in the local child & family welfare field is preferred.

The regular work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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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