State of FloridaTallahassee, FloridaFull TimeOn Site

Requisition No: 500824

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle

Working Title: ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL - 76005263

Position Number: 76005263

Salary: $61,000.00 - $69,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 11/14/2021

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Executive Director

Office of General Counsel
  • Open Competitive Opportunity*
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.


$61,000.00 - $69,000.00 Annually (Pay commensurate with experience.)

Contact Person: Kathy Jimenez-Morales, , (850) 617-5112

Who Are We?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provides 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.

The Office of General Counsel, Driver License Legal Section is responsible for defending the Department's administrative actions in driver license appeals to the circuit courts and regulatory actions involving third-party administrators of driver license examinations, driver improvement schools, DUI programs, and ignition interlock device installers. The section also advises members of the Division of Motorist Services on issues related to the issuance, cancelation, suspension, revocation, or disqualification of driver licenses and state identification cards.

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:

Total Compensation Statement

Your Benefits are a significant part of your state compensation. The total compensation package could be anywhere from $84,239 to $96,190 annually. The total compensation package includes annual salary, insurance, retirement, leave and holidays.

What will I be doing?

This Assistant General Counsel position reports directly to the Chief Counsel of Drivers license. As the Assistant General Counsel, you will represent the Department in trial and appellate work in civil and administrative cases, including the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). This position will be responsible for preparing pleadings, briefs, and attending oral arguments incidental to these cases. This position also prepares responses to petitions for certiorari and other court actions, and handles any appeals generated from such petitions.

What Do I Need To Succeed In This Job?
  • Proficiency in civil, appellate, and administrative litigation.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate resolution options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to use relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
What Are The Preferred Qualifications?

Preference Will Be Given To Applicants With The Following
  • At least two (2) years of litigation and appellate experience.
Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are encouraged to apply.

What Are The Job-Related Requirements?
  • Must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required.
  • Selected applicant must possess a valid Class E or higher driver's license. A driver's license history review will be conducted on all candidates in consideration for the position.
  • This position is subject to a Level 2 background check, along with Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) clearance, to include a fingerprint-based check of the criminal history records of the FBI, as a condition of employment pursuant to Chapter 10.1127, 435 and 943, Florida Statutes. As an applicant for positions requiring CJIS security clearance, you are required to disclose criminal records that have been sealed or expunged.
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 a fingerprint-based background investigation, which will include a check of the criminal history records of the FBI.

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.

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.

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