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Southwest Florida Water Management District Hiring Attorney

Posted on: 25 Jul 2020 122 views
: Attorney (002)
: Southwest Florida Water Management District
: JD

Legal Professionals:

Work for Our Water Resources.

Dive in, explore your potential, and commit to a cause that matters—for today and generations to come. Take up challenges that take on greater meaning by the day. Drive a variety of projects and initiatives with life-changing impact. Be part of an entrepreneurial team that is committed to preserving one of our most vital resources. And build a career that can become your life’s work with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District).

Join our Office of General Counsel

and make a lasting impact.  

Support the District’s Office of General Counsel in this challenging and exciting role! As an Attorney for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, you will provide in-house legal counsel on various procurement related legal matters, which may include reviewing and negotiating contracts, reviewing procurement solicitations, preparing and reviewing federal grant applications, resolving contractor or vendor disputes, and ensuring compliance with applicable state law and administrative rules. The successful candidate will perform these functions, and any other necessary moderate to complex professional legal and administrative work, under supervision of the General Counsel. This opportunity offers an ability to make an impact on the organization and provides flexibility and a true work-life balance. You’ll have the chance to work with a wide range of teams in this promising position, each of which plays a vital role in our efforts to preserve our most valuable natural resources. Using your expertise, you’ll play an important role in enhancing the results to ensure a brighter future for the environment of Florida.

For helping to maintain our valuable water resource

  • Real work-life balance
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Prescription drug coverage & mail order program
  • Health savings & flexible spending accounts
  • Employee assistance program
  • Legal and identity theft protection
  • Wellness program
  • Florida retirement system/retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation
  • Public service loan forgiveness qualified employer
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • State adoption benefit program qualified employer
  • Training and development resources
  • Innovative projects
  • Advanced technologies


Staff Attorney: $62,316.80 - $83,085.60, pay grade 116

Senior Attorney: $67,288.00 - $89,710.40, pay grade 117

Minimum to approximately 50% annual rates displayed. Starting pay will be based upon education and experience.

Essential Functions

  • Provides advice and assistance to the General Counsel and other District staff on all District contracts and procurement related legal matters.
  • Assists with the development of District-wide policies, procedures, and administrative standards.
  • Provides advice and assistance with interpreting and applying District contracts and procurement related policies and procedures.
  • Responds to claims or complaints on the District’s behalf and represents the District in litigation and other proceedings before federal, state, and administrative and judicial tribunals.
  • Provides legal advice and written opinions to various District divisions on applicable laws and standard practices.
  • Makes presentations before the Governing Board, District staff, and the general public when necessary.

Essential Skills

The successful candidate must be self-motivated and able to develop and evaluate strategies for solving legal problems, generate alternative solutions and strategies, and develop a plan of action for a variety of legal issues relating to the District’s operation. The candidate must possess a high level of proficiency in her or his ability to identify legal issues, formulate relevant legal theories, and synthesize legal argumentation. It is expected that a staff attorney can plan and organize work, investigate facts, search legal precedents, draft the necessary legal documents, and develop conclusions and recommendations regarding case assignments with supervision. A senior attorney is expected to perform these requirements with minimal supervision and may also include direction to junior staff on methods, strategies, and other legal assignments.  

The successful candidate must also have a working knowledge of the legal principles that govern contracts and procurement related issues and must be able to interpret and provide advice on a broad range of legal issues that may arise in the course of the District’s operation.  

Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position works out of the Tampa office, with occasional travel to other service offices. Work activity is primarily sedentary, and includes the performance of continuous repetitive tasks (including typing) with one or both hands. The position may require carrying and lifting objects up to 10 pounds, as well as bending and reaching above shoulder level. May be required to operate an automobile for 2 hours or more at a time. Some travel may be required which may take place during evenings or weekends.

Employee may be subject to call-in outside of regularly scheduled work hours, or required to be on call, including on nights, weekends or holidays, to respond to emergency management activities or other incidents requiring rapid response in support of District operations.

Required Credentials for Attorney Opportunities

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school
  • Experience:
  • Staff Attorney: Two (2) years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Senior Attorney: Four (4) years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Florida Bar License
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed

Applicants are required to submit

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, explaining your qualifications
  • Recent writing sample - must be within the last 18 months and be 20 pages in length or shorter (if longer than 20 pages, please submit a 20-page portion)
  • Professional references

Additional Details

This position is typically scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, out of the Tampa, FL office. This position is eligible for compensatory time for hours worked over 40 hours, in a week.

This position is also eligible for relocation reimbursement, limited to moving expenses, upon meeting mileage and program criteria.

Travel Required

Yes. Some travel, using District vehicle, within District's coverage area.

Accepting applications until July 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM 

About Us

Managing the water resources for west-central Florida, our district includes approximately 10,000 square miles of territory spanning 16 counties and serving more than 5 million residents. Established in 1961 as a flood-protection agency, our objective is to meet the needs of current and future water users, protect and preserve our water resources, manage the water supply, protect water quality, and preserve water-related functions. 

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