Current Job Opportunity


August 26, 2014

Closing Date

September 12, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Hearing Officer

Job Location

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$6,149.59 - $12,385.27 Monthly*

*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

This position consists of professional legal work, calendaring, and conducting hearings and trials. The Hearing Officer receives and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts, uses that information in making written findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for the Circuit Judges. The Hearing Officer will initially be assigned to preside over Department of Revenue child support hearings; however, the Circuit rotates the Hearing Officer assignments and the best candidate will have experience in a variety of areas as other assignments include post-judgment family matters, juvenile judicial reviews, guardianship and contempt hearings, and hearings pursuant to the Marchman Act and Baker Act. Courthouse location is dependent upon division assignment and can include: Main Courthouse, Delray Courthouse, North County Courthouse, and Belle Glade Courthouse.


The Hearing Officer reports directly to the Chief Judge or the Court Administrator. The Chief Judge assigns the Hearing Officer to hear cases in any division which includes: DOR, Family, Juvenile, probate, or any other division the Chief Judge may elect.

Education and Training Guidelines

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in the Florida Bar, and five years of experience in the practice of law including at least one year of experience in family law.


Data Responsibility: Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.


People Responsibility: Mentors others by advising, counseling, or guiding them.


Assets Responsibility: Requires responsibility for achieving moderate economies or preventing major losses through interpreting policy as legal counsel.


Mathematical Requirements: Uses practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurements, or logarithms; may use algebraic solutions of equations and equalities, deductive geometry, and/or descriptive statistics.


Communications Requirements: Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.


Complexity of Work: Performs work involving the application of broad principles of professional management and leadership to solve new problems for which conventional solutions do not exist; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.   


Impact of Decisions: Makes decisions with moderately serious impact - affects work unit and may affect other units and the general public.


Equipment Usage: Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets.


Safety of Others: Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Special Comments

Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Florida statutes, case law and Florida rules of Court. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and the ability to take evidence.

Ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations. Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and to supervise administrative support staff. Knowledge of civil procedure. Ability to conduct legal research. Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing. Ability to operate a “fileless” division is required, and some technological skills are needed. 

How to Apply

Interested parties should forward eight (8) completed application packages to:


Barbara Dawicke

Trial Court Administrator

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

Court Administration

205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor –

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Each completed package shall include eight (8) copies of each of the following

(please put together as a package):

• Cover letter

• Resume

• Supplemental form for Hearing Officer positions available at the following:

            Magistrate Supplemental Form

• Brief writing sample, between three and five pages in length

• State of Florida application form, available at the following link:

State of Florida Application


Persons who applied for the Magistrate posting in July 2014 and who wish to be considered for this posting do not need to send a new application package. Instead, those interested persons should send an e-mail to Barbara Dawicke at:  indicating that they wish to be considered for the new opening.


Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 12th, 2014. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place during the week of September 22nd. Selected interviewees will be contacted on or before September 18, 2014. Continued employment for the selected candidate will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the interviewing process once selected, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Rosa Diaz, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401; telephone number (561) 355-2431 at least 7 days before your scheduled either in-person or telephonic interview; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.”.


We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability


We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.