Current Job Opportunity


August 26, 2014

Closing Date

October 31, 2014

Position Number


Position Title

Chief of Personnel Services

Job Location

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$5,745.19 - $11,490.38 Monthly*

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

Job Description

This is responsible work assisting the Trial Court Administrator in the direction and management of the operations of the Division of Human Resources for the Circuit. This position, which handles both the State and County human resources issues, is responsible for staff supervision, classification and pay, payroll and benefits, employee relations, personnel policy and procedures, employee performance appraisals, and development, recruitment, employee discipline, Equal

Employment Opportunity programs, investigations of harassment, and performing related administrative functions including reporting. The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies; reports major activities to the Trial Court Administrator and OSCA through meetings and reports; acts as the ADA coordinator for the Circuit. The position reports directly to the Trial Court Administrator.

Education and Training Guidelines


Bachelor’s degree in business administration or human resource management or a closely related field from an accredited four-year college or university.

  • Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.



Eight years of related experience in human resource management, five of which in a supervisory or managerial capacity.


A master’s degree in a closely related field such as judicial administration or public administration may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required non-supervisory experience.


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


People Responsibility: Negotiates or exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate policies and programs, or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions, or solutions.


Assets Responsibility: Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving major economies and/or preventing major losses through the management of payroll and human resources.


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 advanced professional materials; writes extremely complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional groups.


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 serious impact - affects most units in organization, and may affect citizens; probability of liability for poor decisions is likely.


Equipment Usage: Coordinates the handling of machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving extensive latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing, spreadsheets or custom applications.


Safety of Others: Requires some responsibility for safety and health of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety or health.

Special Comments

Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System, including human resource, benefits and payroll policies and procedures. Knowledge of the ADA and application to court procedures and operations is preferred. Knowledge of the principles of public administration, management and supervision. Ability to research, recommend and implement improvements to court services. Ability to analyze statistical data concerning court personnel trends. Ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports to a variety of individuals including judges, State Courts Systems managers, elected officials, and other affiliated stakeholders. Knowledge of and ability to provide legal analysis of issues related to employment law. Understanding of the legal principals related to of Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct the work of human resources, ADA, and diversity programs; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to establish work priorities and pursue them independently. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, statistical analysis and spreadsheet creation.

How to Apply

Interested parties should forward a completed application package with cover letter and resume to Barbara Dawicke, Trial Court Administrator, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 205 North Dixie Highway, 5th Floor – Court Administration, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. A completed package shall include 5 copies of each of the following:


• Cover letter

• Resume

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

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


Please note that completed application material cannot be submitted electronically.

Applications must be received no later than 5 PM on Friday, October 31st, 2014. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. 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 Assistant Coordinator, Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401; telephone number (561) 355 4380 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.