Marion County Board of County Commissioners
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job
functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees
may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably
considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job
Responsible for providing complete legal representation to the Board of County Commissioners.
This position exercises considerable independent judgment and performs a variety of complex
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Drafts legal opinions, resolutions, and ordinances.
- Attends meetings of the County Commission advisory boards and committees of the County
Commission to provide legal counsel.
- Assists County Commission and County Administration in the negotiation and preparation of
agreements, leases, deeds, and other documents.
- Conducts complex and in-depth research relevant to case load assignments for comprehensive
review, evaluation, analyses, and case preparation purposes.
- Represents the County in litigation, including civil litigation, administrative actions, and code
- Renders legal advice to the County Commission, County Administration, department managers,
and County employees concerning federal and state statutory, administrative, and case law,
and offers solutions to legal problems.
- Provides excellent customer service to members of the general public and other County
employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit, employees of other
departments in the County, citizens, and customers of the department. Service is provided in
person or by phone contact.
- Implements the organization’s guiding principles and core values.
- Performs other related job duties as assigned.
This position is responsible for directly and regularly supervising work of a relatively small number
of employees (two or more) with no indirect supervision. Includes assigning, directing,
evaluating, and reviewing work of subordinate employees. Responsibilities include providing onthe-job training; evaluating job performance; recommending selection of new staff members,
promotions, status changes, and discipline; and planning, scheduling, and coordinating work
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor Degree; and five (5) years’
progressively responsible legal experience in local government environment or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid, State of Florida driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle. Requirement
exists at the time of hire and as a condition of continued employment.
- Admission to the Florida Bar
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to write effective pleadings, motions, briefs, and memoranda.
- Ability to speak with brevity in a focused manner.
- Ability to conduct effective interviews.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret highly complex documents and related materials
relevant to litigation, e.g., legislation, legal opinions, case law.
- Ability to respond effectively to highly sensitive inquiries or complaints.
- Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.
- Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or
complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions,
proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
- Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
- Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual
and practical problems.
- Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in
its most difficult phases.
- Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
- Ability to analyze major organization-wide policies, budgets, procedures, systems, or
accounting methods on a continuous basis.
- Knowledge of the laws of Florida, the Common law, and all local legislation pertaining to
the County and administrative law including regulations and their enforcement.
- Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal
research and writing
- Knowledge of business English, spelling, and punctuation.
- Skills in professional legal writing.
- Ability to prepare legal memoranda, opinions, legal documents, briefs, resolutions,
ordinances, and other legal correspondence.
- Ability to work independently under the direction of the County Attorney.
- Ability to prepare highly complex legal materials in conformance to prescribed
- Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to
help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than
individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team
members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.
- PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or
negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move
objects,. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to
use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms; will regularly be required to stand,
walk, and sit; and will frequently be required to talk and hear.
- WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed primarily in an indoor environment with limited exposure to adverse
Marion County has the right to revise this job description at any time.
This description does not represent in any way a contract of employment. E.O.E. Marion County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or military service in employment or the provision of services.