Career Opportunities with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861-7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 711 or 1 (800) 955-8771

Career Opportunities

The individual hired will be a contractual employee of First Step of Sarasota

Position: Full-time
Position Available: Immediately
Starting Salary: Up to $40,000 based on education and experience

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is currently accepting resumes and applications for a full-time Treatment Court Counselor vacancy.  This position requires experience in addictions and counseling, a minimum Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred.  The candidate must be able to perform the following services:

  • Facilitate individual and group sessions in an outpatient setting;  
  • Counsel individuals who are addicted to alcohol, helping them to identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction;
  • Provide treatment services to clients who display a serious and persistent mental illness and are involved with the criminal justice system;
  • Maintain accurate documentation, develop treatment plans and psychosocial assessment.

The employee will work closely with the Case Manager under the direction of the Treatment Court Judge. This position will be a contractual employee of First Step of Sarasota, supervised by the Court.  Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass background screening and reference checks. 

To apply, send your resume and completed First Step of Sarasota application to the address, fax or email below.  Electronic submissions via fax and email are encouraged.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. 

Human Resources Manager
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904
HR@jud12.flcourts.org

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Position Type: Full-Time
Position Available: Immediately
Annual Salary: $31,000 + benefits

Drug Court is a specialized treatment court that combines legal proceedings, addiction treatment and rehabilitation into one program. This 40-hour per week, Monday-Friday position requires experience in addictions and counseling and a minimum Bachelor’s degree. The successful candidate is professional and organized, and must possess a valid driver’s license, pass background screening and reference checks. This position will be a contractual employee of Centerstone, supervised by the Court, and based in Sarasota.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed
• able to facilitate individual and group sessions;
• able to counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction;
• able to maintain accurate documentation; and
• able to develop treatment plans, psychosocial assessments and reports to the court.

To apply
All candidates must complete the Centerstone application at Centerstone’s career page to be considered for the position.

Interested candidates are encouraged to email their current resume to the Court’s Human Resources Department at HR@jud12.flcourts.org.

Work Location: Sarasota, Florida
Anticipated start date: April 15, 2019
Salary: $15.58/hour ($32,406.40/year) + benefits

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications for a Pretrial Services Caseworker vacancy in Sarasota County. The position is in the Intake Unit in the Sarasota County jail. The Intake Unit is a 24-hour operation, with two 12-hour shifts. Working nights, weekends and holidays are part of these positions, which includes a shift differential for working nights once training is completed.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Interview defendants and victims;
  • review criminal histories, backgrounds, and verify information;
  • conduct mental health and substance abuse assessments;
  • write reports for the Court; and
  • attend court hearings.

Some of the skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • knowledge of investigative and fact-gathering techniques;
  • ability to observe, interpret, assess and record behavioral events;
  • ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment in emergency or crisis situations; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Education
A BA/BS from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, social or behavioral science or related field. You must obtain certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator within six (6) months of appointment.

Benefits
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

Apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. The posting will close March 29, 2019. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Job location: Manatee County Judicial Center
Postion number: 010871
Postion available: April 1, 2019
Monthly salary: $2,638.72 (non-negotial; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month) *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary

The Digital Court Recorder is responsible independent, technical, and clerical work monitoring multiple court proceedings from a central location using the OpenCourt software for digital audio recording. The Digital Court Recorder annotates court events as they occur within the recording for future retrieval. The employee may be required to sit in one position for long periods of time. Work is performed under the supervision of a Manager of Digital Court Recording or other Court Managers, and must exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information. While work is performed independently, the employee will share an office with up to five other court recorders and must work well in a team environment. 

Examples of Work Performed

  • Monitors and annotates all proceedings in assigned courtrooms in order to ensure a complete and accurate recording of the proceedings;
  • Monitors audio quality, performs tests of digital recording equipment, advises supervisor of improperly functioning equipment;
  • Performs playback services for the Court and provides CDs or other retrieval records of recorded hearings to the public;        
  • Communicates with Judicial Assistants and Clerks through email, phone and software (SmartBench, Benchmark, JACS, etc.);
  • Maintains statistical data regarding digitally recorded proceedings and media provided to the Court, litigants and the general public. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system; court processes and procedures; and the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Ability to learn, use and understand the OpenCourt/CourtSmart software and digital recording system or any other software that may be required to perform duties
  • Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows environment, including WORD, Excel, and email application
  • Ability to multi-task and type accurately
  • Ability to compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
  • Ability to compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
  • Ability to work in a close environment with co-workers
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize and organize work and  meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish work priorities, work under pressure and organize work
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, automated environment with interruptions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court
  • Knowledge of court system procedures, practices and applicable statutes, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances

Technology and Equipment Usage
In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position calls for strong computer skills, such as: proficient typing skills; the ability to use computer applications such as OpenCourt/CourtSmart, Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. Must be able to use a personal computer, copy machines, fax machines, scanning devices, multi-line telephones.

Education and Training Guidelines
Education: A High School diploma or GED and one year of college or vocational school education in office skills, computer operation or closely related field.

Experience: Two years of legal experience. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis. 

To Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically or via mail delivery. 

Email:  HR@jud12.flcourts.org
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230

If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you do not need to submit it again.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

The job
Drug Court is a specialized treatment court that combines legal proceedings, addiction treatment and rehabilitation into one program. This 40-hour per week, Monday-Friday position requires experience in addictions and counseling and a minimum Master’s Degree. The successful candidate is professional and organized, and must possess a valid driver’s license, pass background screening and reference checks. This position will be a contractual employee of Centerstone, supervised by the Court, and based in Bradenton.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • able to facilitate individual and group sessions;
  • able to counsel individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, and help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction;
  • able to maintain accurate documentation; and
  • able to develop treatment plans, psychosocial assessment and reports to the court.

Apply

To apply, all candidates must complete the Centerstone application at Centerstone's career page to be considered for the position. Use search words "drug court".

Interested candidates are encouraged to email their current resume to the Court's Human Resources Department.

Work Location: Sarasota, Florida
Position Available: Immediately
Annual Salary: $33,000-$35,000, depending upon education and experience

The DUI Court Program of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting resumes for a DUI Court Caseworker to be based in Sarasota County. DUI Court is a treatment court for offenders who are alcohol dependent and currently charged with a DUI, having one or more prior DUI arrests. Program participation is voluntary in this judicially supervised treatment approach, developed jointly by court staff and mental health professionals.

This position provides case management services to program participants, establishes and maintains community partnerships, advocates for the program, and reports program data to the Court and community partners.

We are seeking someone who has experience with social service agencies in Sarasota County, as well as experience working with the mental health/substance abuse population. Our ideal candidate has a work history that demonstrates they are proactive, self-motivated, and have the ability to work with clients in this unique program setting. The proven ability to form relationships with local community agencies is a plus. Home visits, assistance with monitoring urinalysis of clients, and occasional Saturday and Sunday morning work hours are part of the job.

Daily tasks include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identify individuals who meet DUI Court criteria and provide initial assessment;
  • Provide orientation session to participants;
  • Create individualized case plans and monitor participant progress;
  • Collect, document and maintain participant data, progress reports, test results, etc.;
  • Facilitate group sessions to provide participants with life skills and further access to resources;
  • Link participants to available community resources and resolve client issues;
  • Attend court and agency staffings

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures;
  • Knowledge of mental health and related issues;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a part of a team;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues;
  • Understanding of case management limits and what constitutes unauthorized practice of law; and
  • Ability to analyze files and move cases through the court process.

Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, counseling, social or behavioral science or closely related field from an accredited college or university. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college degree. May require certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (FCIC/NCIC) operator.

Benefts
The Sarasota County Government benefit package includes health, dental and vision insurance; supplemental insurance (cancer, disability, and accident); Florida Retirement System membership; and paid time off.

How to apply
Apply directly through Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. The posting will close on March 22, 2019. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

The individual hired will be a contractual employee of First Step of Sarasota

Position: Full-time
Position Available: Immediately
Starting Salary: Up to $35,000, based on education and experience

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is currently accepting resumes and applications for a full-time DUI Court Counselor vacancy. This position requires experience in addictions and counseling, a minimum bachelor's degree, master’s preferred. Must be able to facilitate individual and group sessions. Must be able to counsel individuals who are addicted to alcohol, and help them identify behaviors and problems related to their addiction. Must be professional and organized, maintain accurate documentation, develop treatment plans, psychosocial assessment, and reports to the Court. This position will be a contractual employee of First Step of Sarasota, supervised by the Court. Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass background screening and reference checks. Weekly travel to Venice is required. 

To apply, send your resume and completed First Step of Sarasota application to the address, fax or email below.  Electronic submissions via fax and email are encouraged.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. 

Human Resources Manager
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Fax (941) 861-7904
HR@jud12.flcourts.org

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Sarasota, Manatee and De Soto Counties

State of Florida Position Number: 001551
Monthly salary (non-negotiable):  $10,000 ($120,000 annually)
Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums
Application deadline: April 19, 2019
Position available: December 1, 2019

Important Details:

Finalists will be contacted to schedule an interview by May 3, 2019.

Interviews will take place the week of May 13, 2019.

In person interviews are preferred. Skype interviews may be available for out-of-state finalists.

*Candidates are encouraged to denote any potential scheduling conflicts in their application materials. 

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is seeking a Trial Court Administrator (TCA) to oversee all administrative matters of the court.  The TCA reports directly to the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit but is responsible to all the judges in the circuit. The essential function of the position is to direct and manage operations, programs and services within the circuit.  The TCA is responsible for staff supervision, strategic planning, developing and implementing policies and procedures, developing and administering budgets, managing court facilities, and other related administrative functions in support of the judiciary.

Examples of work performed:

  • In conjunction with the Chief Judge, directs all administrative functions of the Twelfth Circuit Court.  The Trial Court Administrator is a leadership position in this circuit and, as such, develops and maintains relationships with various agencies and entities.
  • Directs court programs and services, ensuring compliance with applicable policies, procedures, regulations and statutes.
  • Supervises staff, including establishing staffing standards, organizing, selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining and terminating; prepares periodic employee evaluations.
  • Develops policies and procedures in consultation with senior management to ensure efficient and economical organizational operations; evaluates results to ensure compliance with regulations and to identify deficiencies.
  • Collaborates with senior management to develop strategic plans and capital projects; oversees and coordinates implementation of plans to ensure adherence to organizational standards, policy and procedures, and to make adjustments as needed.
  • Liaisons with other court-involved agencies, e.g., clerks of court, state attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs, county commissions, bar associations, etc.
  • Develops, presents and defends state and county budget requirements; oversees fiscal activity to ensure proper accounting controls and to review and approve expenditures.
  • Negotiates and binds the circuit in contracts and oral and written agreements.
  • Supervises information technology to ensure provision of useful systems and to increase productivity; oversees website development, maintenance and support.
  • Oversees facility management, including facility security, construction and/or reconstruction, and maintenance of facility.
  • Manages administrative matters, such as preparing complex reports or correspondence, conducting special studies or research, developing and administering training, or providing for staff technical or professional growth.
  • Liaisons with public and private agencies regarding organizational programs and services; supervises communication to promote the judicial branch and coordinates media relations.
  • Serves on various commissions or committees as appointed by the Chief Justice (state) or Chief Judge (local).
  • Attends and/or conducts staff, board, committee, task force and other professional meetings and conferences to exchange information; attends technical or professional seminars tor conferences to improve professional skills.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public, business or judicial administration, law or a closely related field. A juris doctorate or master’s degree is preferred. 
  • Five years of related supervisory experience, including extensive knowledge of the Florida State Courts System.
  • The Trial Court Administrator will also have the ability to effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization orally and in writing, analyze information, recommend appropriate actions, establish and maintain effective working relationships throughout the circuit, including with state and local government agencies. 

Apply: 

Email (preferred), fax or mail resume, cover letter and completed State of Florida Employment Application to Tiffany Hammill, Human Resources Manager, Court Administration, P. O. Box 48927, Sarasota, FL 34230; fax (941) 861-7904; email thammill@jud12.flcourts.org.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check.  The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.  If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application or selection process, please call 941-861-7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

Contractual Opportunities

Position Type: Contractual
Position Available: Immediately
Hourly Rate: $75 / hour for therapy ($25 - $50 for court appearance)

FDLE has approved all services below. 

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications from licensed mental health therapists (LCSW, LMHC, Psy.D, Ph.D) for clinical counseling services for its Behavioral Health Court. This court is also locally known as Mental Health Court. The provider will be responsible for providing the counseling services in its own office which must be located in Sarasota County. Provider will be an independent contractual service provider with the Court. Qualified individuals will be placed on an approved list and will be referred appropriate cases on an as needed basis by the Health Care Court Administrator

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Regularly scheduled individual meetings (no more than twice monthly absent court approval otherwise) per client
  • Evaluations, assessments and counseling of Behavioral Health Court clients
  • Conduct group sessions as necessary at Treatment Court Office
  • Regular consultation with Health Care Court Administrator
  • Attendance at court hearings as necessary
  • Procurement of medical release in order to share information related to the client with the Health Care Court Administrator for use in the court proceeding
  • Documentation of all evaluations, progress notes, as requested by Health Care Court Administrator
  • Commitment to see the client for the duration of the court case absent significant unforeseen circumstances
  • Sign an agreement memorializing these duties and the payment arrangements

Payment as Follows:

  • The Court will pay $75 per hour of therapy (including any necessary documentation associated with the therapy) for two sessions per month per client. A client may receive more counseling if approved by the Court. A counselor may utilize a client’s insurance if the client has insurance and the counselor prefers to do so; however, the Court will not pay the hourly rate if insurance is also billed.
  • The Court will pay $75 for each initial evaluation and assessment. This may require a visit to the Sarasota County Jail.
  • The Court will pay $50 for a live court appearance and/or $25 for a telephonic court appearance, with discretion to be determined by the court.
  • The Court will pay $75 per hour for group therapy (including any necessary documentation associated with the therapy).

Services will be invoiced on a monthly basis outlining days and hours worked, including backup documentation for clients served and services provided. Due to federal grant guidelines, these contractual counseling services contracts will be awarded on an annual basis and must be renewed annually. All applicants are further advised that the Additional Contract Provisions, “Attachment A”, are required to be included in all contracts.

To Apply

Please read the 2018 Selection and Submission Criteria.  

The Court reserves the right to limit the number of counselors participating and/or add counselors based upon special needs or location. All applicants will be subject to criminal background checks on an annual basis.

Contract award is subject to FDLE JAG Program Standard Conditions and additional Federal Grant Requirements (2 CFR Part 200), see attached.

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

  • Address: Judge Lynn N.
    Silvertooth Judicial Center
    PO Box 48927
    Sarasota, Florida 34230
  • Phone: (941) 861-7800
  • Fax: (941) 861-7904
  • Email: hr@jud12.flcourts.org

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