Hillsborough County BOCC Home - Current Job Openings - My Applications - Interest Cards - Update Contact Info - Internal Jobs
Job Descriptions - Salaries - Status of Closed Postings - New User Registration -

SENIOR PARALEGAL SPECIALIST (WORKERS' COMP)

Concurrent Open & Closed recruitments require 2 separate apps

Recruitment #A2368-WC-o23129

Introduction

Hillsborough County Government is looking for new members to join our team who are aligned with our 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 that provide fair and reliable compensation.   

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies with over 9,000 combined employees.  We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including law enforcement, detention, fire, street construction and maintenance, courts, library, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, property appraisal, tax collection, water, sewer, and solid waste collection services. In addition, we also employ professionals, paraprofessionals, and clerical staff in a wide range of service support functions, including management, finance, information technology, human resources, facilities, communications, etc. 

Learn more about Hillsborough County or read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.

MAJOR FUNCTION

Performs para-professional and independent duties assisting in complex legal research, preparation of pleadings, legal documents and reports, and coordinating problem resolution with attorneys, adjusters, and workers' compensation liaisons. 

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Drafts legal documents such as pleadings, trial and appellate briefs, general correspondence, reports, opinions, and settlement documents.
  • Researches court rules to ensure compliance with jurisdictional requirements.
  • Performs complex specialized legal research for attorneys, and accesses specialized databases for workers' compensation claims.
  • Communicates and requests information for attorneys, from other office staff, agencies, and courts through written and verbal correspondence.
  • Drafts and updates necessary legal forms and obtains medical, personnel and payroll records and other confidential documents for attorneys' use in litigation and/or mediation.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and drafts summaries of records.
  • Creates and maintains fully indexed and cross-referenced database of legal briefs, memoranda, pleadings, opinions, forms and other legal documents; Creates and maintains specialized workers' compensation law library for researching legal inquiries.
  • Assists attorneys in preparing for litigation and mediation proceedings; Prepares calculations to determine County's financial exposure in cases; Attends proceedings with attorneys.
  • Supervises other paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks and temps in accomplishing assigned tasks in workers' compensation cases.
  • Attends training sessions on new legal research programs and procedures; Provides support and guidance for other paralegals concerning these tools; Attends seminars and conferences to ensure paralegal skills and maintain Certified Legal Assistant certification.
  • Refers attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks, and other staff to appropriate law library, Internet or Westlaw legal research tools to assist them in legal research assignments.
  • 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.
  • 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

 

Associate's degree or Certified Legal Assistant certification; and

Four years of experience as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal drafting legal documents and pleadings such as settlement documents, motions, stipulations;  researching and writing memoranda of law; reviewing, analyzing and drafting summary of medical records or other records; researching court rules to ensure compliance; and creating e-filing pleadings.  

 

Appointing Authority Prefers:

 

Candidates who possess Certified Legal Assistant certification; demonstrated Workers' Compensation experience; and excellent research and writing skills.

APPOINTING AUTHORITY MAY REQUIRE

Possession of a valid Driver License.

Conclusion

OPEN AND CLOSED RECRUITMENTS:  We are running concurrent Closed (Internal) and Open recruitments. Internal candidates on a closed eligibility list must be considered first, prior to a selection being made from the open eligibility list. To be considered for the same classification under Open recruitment, internal candidates must also apply under the open recruitment process.

 

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.

 

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE:  The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

 

NOTE: Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.

 

NOTE: Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County.  They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.

 

EXAMINATION: Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience. 


 

 
You will need Acrobat Reader to view and print any of the forms listed above. If you don't have it and choose not to apply online, click here first.download Acrobat Reader