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Legal Counsel

at ChildNet

Comprehensive employee benefits package to include but not limited to: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b), company paid Life/AD&D and LTD, Flexible Spending Accounts, Preferred Legal Plan, Employee Assistance Program, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off, Medical Illness Account, Direct Deposit and position related Tuition Reimbursement program.
Posted: 5/1/2020
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

Company Summary: ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

Job Summary: This position provides legal advice and assistance to support: ChildNet’s Mission, Client Services - to protect Broward and Palm Beach Counties’ abused, abandoned and neglected children - as well as corporate, regulatory and compliance matters.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

  • Provide accurate and timely counsel to assist the corporation in the fulfillment of its mission. This may include communication with outside counsel vendors and other stakeholders, as directed by Chief HR & Legal Officer/CHR&LO, to achieve this outcome. This is to include proactively advising on possible legal issues to include case management/operational, regulatory, compliance and corporate matters.

  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (i.e. regulators, external counsel, public authority, external stakeholders) creating relationships of trust and resolution of issues for the company. This includes facilitating communication of resolution of issues with the contracted legal services to include Children’s Legal Service and Attorney General Office.

  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights and/or communicate with outside counsel, as directed by CHR&LO, to achieve this outcome.

  • Create, develop and implement legal training for staff in coordination with the Training Department that may include pre-service, onboarding and case management service delivery components.

  •  Deliver resolutions to complex legal issues in the areas related to the execution of the corporate business to include case management service delivery.

  • Provide guidance in implementation, monitoring, defining strategy and maintenance of the Company’s response to risk and related liabilities that facilitate management’s adherence with legal best practices in the execution of its mission fulfillment through the provision of child welfare related services.  

  • Provide assistance in relation to audit and quality assurance monitoring activities to facilitate the preparation, response and remediation plans that will effectively enable improved service delivery and operational performance.

  • Facilitate communications throughout the organization of regulatory and risk matters so that the respective departments may properly prioritize and implement.

  • Handle questions related to execution of the policies and procedures in a manner to effectively increase compliance and minimize risk; provide advice and counsel related to resolution.

  • Advise in the development and/or amendment of policies related to risk, safety and compliance; provide guidance and recommendations for optimal resolution. 

  • Research and respond to questions from internal colleagues related to legal requirements related to risk and facilitating safety. Provide advice and counsel to facilitate optimal case management service delivery through advising related to applicable Federal, State and Administrative laws.

  • Assist with the day to day legal aspects of facilitating effective strategies to address risk as directed by CHR&LO, including managing projects and documenting actions taken and resulting resolution response.

  •  Facilitate the communication process between Child Advocate (CA) and OAG to develop a parallel understanding of requirements by the Attorney General (AG) and the CA.

  • Recognizing, respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.

The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.

Skill / Requirements

*Juris Doctorate

* A minimum of 2 years of experience in the practice of law to include dependency law.

* Must have demonstrated experience in litigation.

* Ability to work flexible hours.

* Must be computer literate.

* Ability to work and able to work with diverse populations.


  • Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

  • Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.

  • Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

  • Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.

  • Persuasive Communication: The ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audience.

  • Customer Orientation: The ability to demonstrate concern for satisfying one’s external and/or internal customers.

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law.  Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).

This Position is funded through the CBCIH grant therefore, is a assignment extendable if the grant is approved.