Child Support Hearing Officer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference.  Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas.  We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better.  We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

Position description

The Ninth Judicial Circuit will have an opening for a full time Child Support Hearing Officer beginning September 3, 2019. This position will have regular assignments for both Orange and Osceola counties. The hearing officer will conduct hearings and make determinations on child support matters referred by family court judges. The hearing officer is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing or trial, conducting hearings and non-jury trials, making determinations on cases, and preparing reports and recommendations with accompanying orders for the referring judge’s signature. The position works under the general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee.
The position requires knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, as well as, the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing. The position requires the successful candidate to conduct hearings in a fair and impartial manner while keeping the proceedings orderly and within set time limits. Must have the ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations.

Applicants must have a Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school and must be a member in good standing in The Florida Bar for at least five years immediately preceding employment. Applicant must have a minimum five years practice experience, preferably in family law. Applicant must be proficient in Word. This position is funded by the Florida State Courts System with full benefit package and salary $6,697.44/month ($80,369.32 annual). Please provide State of Florida application, resume, and short writing sample. Interviews are anticipated for May 2019.

Equal opportunity employer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.