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Office of the State Attorney
Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street, Rm 660
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-3360
SPECIAL NOTE TO ATTORNEY APPLICANTS:
Your cover letter, resume, (including three references), and a completed State of Florida Application should be directed to Assistant State Attorney Cathy Berkowitz, Chairperson of the Professional Staff Interview Team.
201 S.E. 6th Street, Suite 675
Ft.Lauderdale, FL 33301
SPECIAL NOTE TO INVESTIGATOR APPLICANTS:
Your application should be directed to Chief Investigator Terry Gardner
Requirements: at least five years’ prior law enforcement experience and current certification by the Florida (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Contact phone: 954/831-6183
SPECIAL NOTE TO SUPPORT STAFF APPLICANTS:
Your resume and a completed State Application should be directed to Renata Annati, Human Resources Director 954-831-5974
Unless otherwise noted, benefits information in this package applies to all full-time State Attorney staff, professional and support. While we may not currently have open positions, we will accept your application and schedule an interview as vacancies occur. Please note the following:
1.APPLICATION. A completed State application isrequired, with or without a resume.
2.ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS. Except in extraordinary circumstances, support staff applicants will be considered to fill entry-level positions only. (Advanced positions are offered first to interested individuals currently on the SAO staff.)
3.INTERVIEW . After you have submitted your application, you may be contacted for an interview with our Professional, Investigator, or Support Staff Interview Team.
4.RETENTION. Your application will be retained for one (1) year and you may be contacted for interview at any time during that period. Even if you are not offered a position after your first interview, your application, and the Team’s recommendations, will be retained in our Active Applicants file for one (1) year, unless you advise to the contrary.
5.PARALEGALS. Our support staff includes only 4 or 5 positions which require a paralegal certification; however, applicants with paralegal training are encouraged to apply for other openings on the support staff. The experience gained in another position can provide an excellent background in criminal procedure and, once on the SAO staff, you will be eligible to apply for other, advanced positions as they become available.
6.SALARY. Effective October 1, 2006, the starting salary for a permanent Assistant State Attorney is $40,000.
The starting salary for entry-level clerical or secretarial positions ranges is $1,885.09 per month. (Specific salary ranges for support staff are set by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA) Classification and Pay Plan, and vary according to the duties and responsibilities applicable to each position.) An applicant’s previous training and experience may qualify him/her for consideration for an advanced position. Salaries and opportunities for other positions will be discussed in your interview or may be posted on individualJOB ANNOUNCEMENT notices.
Salaries are based on tenure, classification, and job responsibilities, within the guidelines of the FPAA Classification and Pay Plan, previously mentioned. Payroll is processed monthly. Your salary is deposited by electronic funds transfer, on the last working day of each month, into a bank or credit union account which you designate at the time of employment. Cost-of-living salary increases are governed by the State Legislature and usually occur once during each fiscal year. Merit or promotional increases are processed as designated by the State Attorney, Chief Assistant State Attorney and Executive Director.
STATE EMPLOYMENT. As a full-time permanent staff member of the State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit, you are a State employee, eligible for all State employee benefits. State Attorney’s Office employees are not under the jurisdiction of civil service regulations. Personnel operations of the State Attorney’s Office are governed by the provisions of the Classification and Pay Plan of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
ORGANIZATION. The Office of the State Attorney Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, is staffed with attorneys, investigators, and support (clerical, secretarial and administrative) staff. Total staff ranges between 480-515 persons.
ROLE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY. The State Attorney, as the representative of the people of the State of Florida, is responsible for prosecuting all persons charged with criminal offenses occurring within the designated judicial circuit. Broward County comprises the entire 17th Judicial Circuit, the second largest of 20 judicial circuits in Florida. All felony cases (e.g., robbery, burglary, homicide), all misdemeanor cases (e.g., loitering, shoplifting, assault and battery), and all criminal traffic cases (e.g., DUI, driving on a suspended license) are handled by the State Attorney’s Office.
CONFIDENTIALITY. Open files of State Attorney’s Office cases and investigations are confidential, and staff are expected to maintain strict confidentiality, never discussing cases when outside of the office or sharing case information with anyone not currently employed by the State Attorney’s Office.
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT. Employees are held to a high standard of professional conduct, as outlined in the Office’s Policy Manual, including strict requirements relating to interaction with victims, witnesses, and the public in general.
POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION. Candidates who have accepted a position with the Office are required to take a polygraph examination.
WORK HOURS/OVERTIME. This office operates on a 40-hour work week.Support staff, with certain exceptions, observe work hours of 8:00 am-5:00 PM with 1 hour for lunch or 8:30 AM-5:00 PM with 1/2 hour for lunch. Varying requirements within different divisions of the office may allow for varying work schedules.
VACATION/PAID LEAVE. New employees of the State Attorney earn leave benefits as follows: Annual Leave is earned at the rate of 8.67 hours per month (13 days/yr.) Sick Leave is earned at the rate of 8.67 hours per month (13 days/yr.) Leave is credited to the employee on the last working day of each month and cannot be taken prior to accrual.
(Note: Annual Leave may be accrued to a maximum of 360 hours; no maximum accrual applies to Sick Leave.) Each employee, after 6 months’ tenure, is credited an annual "Personal Day". The Office is closed for statutorily-mandated State holidays, usually eight or nine days per calendar year.
HEALTH and LIFE INSURANCE . Health, Life, and a limited Disability insurance plan are available to assistant state attorneys at no cost. Through payroll deduction, the State offers support staff employees a self-insured health insurance plan and several different HMO health insurance plans. Disability, Cancer, Supplemental Hospitalization, Vision, and Dental insurance plans are also available through payroll deduction, as are several Deferred Compensation plans. All payroll-deducted insurance premiums and Deferred Compensation are part of aPre-Tax Benefits program (deductions are made from the gross monthly salary before tax is computed.)
TUITION WAIVER PROGRAM. The State of Florida Employee Educational Assistance Program provides up to six (6) credit hours of tuition-free courses per term at a state university or community college to full time employees on a space available basis as authorized by law.
PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES -- SUPPORT STAFF. Highly motivated individuals on the State Attorney’s Office support staff are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and abilities and to seek advancement in the Office. We value and recognize for promotion those individuals who have an outstanding attendance record, who are "team players," and who demonstrate a willingness to master current assignments, learn new tasks and take on new responsibilities. Except in unusual circumstances, new support staff employees remain in their initial job assignment for at least one (1) year before being considered for transfer or promotion.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF POSITIONS. During your interview the specific requirements of current open positions will be discussed in detail by the members of the Support, Investigative, or Professional Staff interview team.
Thank you for making application for employment with the State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida!
We are always seeking eager, motivated individuals to join our staff.The State Attorney, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).