Career Opportunities with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

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Career Opportunities

Note: Centerstone's potition title is "Counselor, BA Level

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 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. The position is listed as “Case Manager/Counselor-Sarasota Drug Court (BA Level)” on Centerstone’s website.

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

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 Master’s Degree. 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.

Position: Full-time
Salary: $21.15/hour
Available: Immediately

The job
The Twelfth Judicial Circuit is accepting applications for a Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) Compliance Coordinator in the Sarasota County Pretrial Services department. The position, which is part of Pretrial’s Intake Unit at the Sarasota County jail, manages the JAC for program compliance including audit-related duties, and ensures staff are trained and certified according to Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) procedures. The work hours require flexibility to accommodate all staff/shifts and training needs; work schedule will include nights, weekends, holidays, and will require on-call/after-hours emergency duties.

A few of your daily responsibilities:

  • Oversee JAC operations and certification process for new hires and existing staff.
  • Provide in-house training courses for staff, including one-on-one training for staff as needed.
  • Manage JAC program audits by ensuring training files remain audit-ready.
  • Track and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual statistics.
  • Attend and respond to audit requests.
  • Respond to after-hours questions or emergencies regarding the JAC.
  • Monitor and respond to changes in statutes, rules, DJJ policy, and FDLE regulations.
  • Create and/or update policies and procedures to reflect changes as necessary.
  • Provide assistance to Intake Unit during periods of downtime or when business need arises.

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed:

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems and a significant understanding of JAC protocol, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate unit/project policies, procedures and systems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships.
  • Ability to organize and present information and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to address policy, legal or regulatory issues.
  • Ability to professional and tactfully address difficult situations.
  • Ability to use sound, independent judgment.

Education
Minimum of a two-year degree with three years of experience. Five years of professional experience may be substituted at management discretion. Must maintain JAC certification. Depending on training needs, may require certification in CPR as a trainer, as well as other JAC related courses. FCIC/NCIC certification is required. Bachelor’s degree in related field with one year experience is preferred.

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 January 25, 2019. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

The job
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 this position, 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 and prioritze work;
  • ability to take effective action and exercise sound judgment in emergency or crisis situations; and
  • ability to interact with individuals from vairous 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 the Sarasota County Government Career Opportunities page. The posting will close January 18, 2019. You must complete the online application to be considered for this position. Cover letters are encouraged.

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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