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Associate Director/Program Attorney OPG

**This is an on-site position. Remote workers will NOT be considered.**


Associate Director/Attorney - St. Thomas University, Inc., d/b/a Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”). The office is located in Davie, Florida. OPG is the appointed public guardian for the 17th Judicial Circuit pursuant to section 744.2006, Florida Statutes. In Florida, public guardians serve incapacitated persons of limited financial means in situations where there is no family member or friend, other person, bank, or corporation willing and qualified to serve as guardian.

Applicant must be a licensed Florida attorney in good standing with five years or more experience. Applicant should have expertise and knowledge in the area of Florida guardianship law including, but not limited to, preparing and filing petitions for incapacity, appointment of guardianship, drafting and filing various other petitions, handling contested and uncontested hearings, and closing out of guardianship cases after the death of a ward. Ability to interface and advocate effectively with multiple government agencies and private agencies, including working with local governments. The attorney will supervise law students who will be interning at OPG. Applicant must be available by phone/email to assist with emergency situations that may occur on weekends and evenings.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and a list of at least three professional references to the Associate Dean of Administration and Clinical Programs, Cece Dykas, at

STU LAW is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status

Tuition Benefit

After 1 year of continuous full‐time service, employees are eligible to enroll in STU’s bachelor and master courses, tuition‐free. The program will cover a maximum timeframe of 125% of credit hours attempted toward the degree program. Employees may enroll in STU’s doctoral program, with a 40% tuition discount, under the same conditions.

Catholic Identity

St. Thomas University is a Catholic university sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami committed to academic and professional success guided by its Catholic identity. All employees are therefore expected to respect the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and support the University’s religious mission. All employees hereby acknowledge their familiarity and support of the religious affiliation, mission and values of St. Thomas University.

Equal Employment Opportunity

St. Thomas University is an equal opportunity employer that promotes a diverse and inclusive organization. It is the policy of the University to fill each vacancy with the candidate who represents the best fit for the position and to promote and transfer employees from within whenever possible and practical. Employment decisions are made on the basis of the candidate’s personal capabilities, qualifications, and ability to assist the University in fulfilling its mission without discrimination. With regard to the latter, the University’s program of recruiting employees for mission aims to inform prospective employees of the University’s mission and to help them and hiring personnel determine how they will support and contribute to the University’s mission.


St. Thomas University is an E-Verify® Employer. E-Verify® is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. STU will utilize E-Verify® to verify employment eligibility for all newly hired employees.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $120,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Miami Gardens, FL 33054: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Doctorate (Required)


  • program attorney: 5 years (Required)

Work Location: In person

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