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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.
This position assists ChildNet’s legal department with legal matters that require special training and knowledge.
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.
Researches and analyzes law sources, e.g. statutes, recorded judicial decisions, constitution, legal codes, treaties and articles by:
- Investigate facts as requested by attorney and prepare information accordingly.
- Track legislative actions relevant to ChildNet.
- Prepare and maintain files concerning legal inquiries, responses, various legal documents, and correspondence.
- Redact sensitive and confidential information from legal documents.
- Prepare legal documents as needed for civil litigation matters.
- Perform computer related tasks requiring broad working knowledge of a wide variety of standard computer applications, e.g. Microsoft Word, excel, power point, report presentation packages, calendar schedulers, electronic file maintenance, legal research internet services.
- Perform skilled administrative tasks requiring use of standard automated office systems, e.g., computers, telephones, facsimile machines, photocopiers, calculators, adding machines, scanners.
- Function as liaison between legal department to supervisors, professional staff, department head, other departments, and outside agencies, gathering and relaying information as needed.
- Establish and maintain department logs, budget(s), records maintenance procedures, and electronic filing systems to ensure efficient department operations.
- Track, inventory and address public records Chapter 119 request in accordance with ChildNets policies and procedures.
- Maintain the calendar and schedules for the legal department.
- Perform other clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, providing information to callers, composing and typing routine correspondence, recording meeting minutes and reading and routing incoming mail.
- Recognize, respect and respond to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.
- Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; able to read and interpret written information.
- Demonstrate problem solving skill; identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully.
- Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness and look for ways to improve and promote quality.
- Demonstrate strong analytical; synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data.
- Develop and maintain excellent interpersonal skills to professionally interact with staff and external clients.
- 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.
ChildNet is committed to the communities it serves and encourages diversity in the workplace through the building of a racially and culturally diverse organization. ChildNet is an equal opportunity employer and as such, does not discriminate against any person or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Skill / Requirements
*Associates Degree (Preferred).
* Three(3) years of experience in the legal field as a Paralegal. Experience should include litigation and extensive knowledge of office technologies; Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Client/Data Management Systems.
* Certification or Diploma as a Paralegal preferred.
· Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy
· Interpersonal Skills: The ability to effectively communicate with other employees, customers and vendors
· Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presesentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
· Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
· Results Orientation: The ability to focus on the desired result of one's own or one's unit's work, setting challenging goals, focusing effort on the goals, and meeting or exceeding them.
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).