Administrative Assistant II - Floater Judicial Assistant

Job Location

Manatee County Judicial Center

Position Number


Position Type

Full-time, Monday-Friday

Position Available

August 1, 2024


$38,706.36 (non-negotiable; State employees are paid on the last workday of each month). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.


The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for a Floater Judicial Assistant (JA) position based in Manatee County. This is a full-time, in-person position. The Floater JA position performs a variety of secretarial, administrative and clerical duties for the judges and their judicial assistants in the management of the daily operations of an office or program, i.e., JACS scheduling and case management. The position requires someone with legal experience who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and can handle a wide variety of tasks. Working relationships are established with State Courts System personnel, judges, judicial assistants and non-judicial officers, vendors and the general public. The Floater JA works independently and exercises discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information relating to the court cases. Work is performed under general supervision. 

Knowledge, skills and 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
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
  • Compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Interact effectively with the general public
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Establish work priorities
  • Work independently
  • Organize and automate office procedures and maintain an effective filing system
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
  • Analyze court files for completeness of appropriate legal documentation 
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public


A high school diploma and four years of administrative, secretarial or staff support experience, one year of which must be in a senior secretary or comparable position or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience is required. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university may be substituted for the recommended years of experience.


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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: Human Resources Manager
Or mail to: 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 will not be required to submit a new application.

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.

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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

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

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