Administrative Specialist III (CDSP Coordinator and Mediator)

Job Location

Sarasota County Justice Center

Position Type

Full-time, Monday-Friday

Position Available

Immediately (open until filled)


$23.33/hour ($48,526.40/annually), plus benefits (Sarasota County Government position)


The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Administrative Specialist III position, working with the Citizen Dispute Settlement Program (CDSP) in Sarasota. The primary focus of this position is providing major administrative functions for the court and the CDSP. This position will be responsible for working with volunteer mediators and court participants, managing case files, compiling statistics, assisting judges as necessary, public speaking to promote court programs, providing continuing education and special programs for volunteers. The position requires a good working relationship with judges, court personnel, volunteer mediators, referral sources, attorneys, clerk’s office employees and the public. The primary job location is Sarasota however travel to other court locations may be required. The employee must become a Florida Supreme Court certified county mediator and Florida Supreme Court certified assistant trainer within one (1) year of hire. 

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Schedule and coordinate pre-filing mediation for the CDSP and oversee volunteer mediators;
  • Analyze documents such as contracts to ensure comprehension of issues in dispute and communicate with parties regarding the dispute to obtain voluntary participation in CDSP;
  • Oversee volunteer mediators and facilitate small claims county court proceedings; arrange volunteers to mediate the cases to resolution;
  • Mediate county cases, prepare/draft settlement agreements, court orders or impasse reports on all cases mediated; 
  • Perform administrative functions including data reporting, present trainings to volunteer mediators, assist with program outreach including speaking to groups about the program and assisting the South County Program Director as needed.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Effective and concise written and oral communication;
  • ability to organize and prioritize work;
  • working knowledge of the judicial system and court procedures;
  • ability to use basic office equipment;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


Associates degree from an accredited college or university with 4-6 years of clerical or administrative experience. Additional experience may substitute for formal education at discretion of management. Must become Florida Supreme Court certified as a county mediator and assistant trainer within one (1) year of hire. 


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Apply directly through the Sarasota County Career Opportunities page. Cover letters are encouraged.

You must complete the online application to be considered for this position.

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.

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Reasons to work with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit


As a state or county-funded court employee, you will become eligible for healthcare, retirement savings through a self-directed investment plan or a dedicated pension plan, paid time off plus 12 paid holidays each year.

Career Advancement

Court employees become eligible for tuition programs and career advancement programs to grow or enhance leadership skills.

Our Culture

Court employees can expect a safe and diverse work environment with managers that want to help you succeed.


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

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