Paralegal Specialist II – Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit

Title:            Paralegal Specialist II – Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit
Location:     Lawson E. Thomas
                       Courthouse Center
                       175 N.W. 1st Avenue
                       Miami, FL 33128        

                       Two (2) Positions Available

Position Overview:

The Paralegal Specialist II in the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for having a full time PFC calendar of appointments in order to take sworn testimony from victims, witnesses and police officers, to determine if the appropriate filing charges were made at the time of the arrest.  The schedule for this position is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Job Responsibilities are: 

  • Submitting clear, concise and grammatically correct written statements of facts for the attorneys to review
  • Attending bond and arraignment hearings to interview, assess, provide victim advocacy and take sworn statements
  • Explaining the dynamics of domestic violence, and counseling and providing triage to the victims
  • Cross-training in the handling of walk-in cases as needed to determine if criminal charges can be filed
  • Understanding all the intricacies of civil matters like Injunction for Protection Orders
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, and one (1) year experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Associate Degree and three (3) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Successful completion of a two (2) year Paralegal program and three (3) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Five (5) years equivalent combination of experience working as a as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator)

*Candidates with some years’ experience may apply, and if selected, the pay increase will start when total years of experience requirements are met.  Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be given first consideration.

 The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are: 

  • Having experience working with domestic violence victims and an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and how to cope with victims in crisis
  • Having working knowledge of community-based programs
  • Being fluent in English and Spanish

 Specific Skills and Characteristics

The Successful Candidate must be able to:

  • Possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Possess and demonstrate exceptional writing skills
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills
  • Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
  • Work effectively under pressure and independently
  • Be flexible with their work schedule

Starting Annual Salary:  $30,306.84

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer