Title IV-D Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer

Job Location

Manatee County Judicial Center

Position Type

Full time

Position Number


Position Available

January 23, 2023 (open until filled)


$89,280.72 annually; 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 job

The essential function of the Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer position is to conduct hearings and make recommended orders on matters referred for hearing. The position is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing recommended orders for the parties and referring judge’s consideration. This is a high-volume division of the court. Candidates must be very proficient using computers and Microsoft Word and able to generate recommended orders. Most hearings are held in person, although Zoom hearings are also held. Attention to detail is important. The position works under the general supervision of the Court Administrator or designee.

All applicants are encouraged to read the un-numbered section of the Code of Judicial Conduct titled “Application of the Code of Judicial Conduct” which provides that anyone who performs judicial functions, including a hearing officer, commissioner, or a general magistrate, shall comply with Canons 1, 2A, and 3, and such other provisions of the Code that might reasonably be applicable. Applicants should also be familiar with the Opinions of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

This position requires knowledge of the legal system, family court processes and procedures, and the Florida Rules of Court. This position supervises one full-time Administrative Assistant I.


Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school is required. At least five years of experience in the practice of law, including one year in family law. Requires membership in good standing in the Florida Bar.


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 (preferred) or via mail delivery to: Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box 48927, Sarasota, FL 34230; fax (941) 861‑7904

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 in your cover letter -- you do not need to submit it again. Current Twelfth Circuit employees should only submit a detailed letter of interest – your application is already on file.

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