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Family Court Services Director

Merced Superior Court
Merced, CA Full-time
Posted on May 30, 2019
DEFINITION: Under general direction provided by the Court Executive Officer or designee, this professional level, exempt position plans, directs and manages the daily operations of the Family Court Services and the Investigations divisions. The Director supervises the activities of the mediators and probate investigators and develops, implements, manages and approves related budget and related budgetary spending. EMPLOYMENT AT-WILL: The Family Court Services Director classification is established as an “at-will” position and, as such, the incumbent serves at the direction of the Court Executive Officer. The Court Executive Officer has the right to terminate the employment of any incumbent in the position of Family Court Services Director at any time, with or without advance notice or cause. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single position class with management and oversight responsibilities for program and budget development, coordination, and goal setting in the family court services area. It is distinguished from other manager classes in that it develops and administers the Court’s comprehensive family court services programs, operations and functions. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. 1. Performs technical tasks at the managerial level to oversee the provision of children and family services through court mediations and probate investigations; supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals; conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations 2. Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise 3. Ensures compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations 4. Develops, implements, manages and approves related budget and related budgetary spending 5. Ensures division goals and vision are aligned with those of the organization 6. Prepares and submits the annual budget for approval; analyzes, prepares and presents monthly divisional budget reports, updates budgetary activity data; submits financial reports to peers and staff members; provides financial analysis and the potential impact of requested expenditures 7. Receives, reviews and evaluates complaints from clients; implements appropriate resolution to situation 8. Evaluates guardianship reports, conservatorship reports and related reports and documents; interacts and consults with other agencies; participates on related task force groups 9. Engages in mediation and counseling activities, meets with parties to reach settlements and resolve disputes; provides guidance and counseling to both individuals and groups 10. Summarizes the results of mediation activities and acts as expert witness for the Court verbally and in writing, including resolutions of disputes or recommendations for settlement; drafts settlement agreement language 11. Prepares and maintains case files, medication reports, statistical records and follow-up reports from referral agencies ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS 1. Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include, answering telephone calls, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail 2. Provides assistance to other employees or divisions as needed 3. Performs other related duties are required MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Necessary Employment Standards Knowledge of: • Principles and practices of administration, organizational planning and analysis, workload management • Statistical analysis and statistical report preparation • Principles of personnel supervision, training and motivation • California court system and procedures used in family law and probate cases • Legal statutes relating to child custody, guardianship and conservatorship • Principles of project management • Community resources for client referral • California juvenile court dependency and child welfare protection systems • Adult psychopathology and psychology of families • Child development, child abuse, clinical issues relating to children, the effects of divorce on children, the effects of domestic violence on children, and child custody research sufficient to enable a counselor to assess the mental health needs of children • Domestic violence • Substance abuse Skill/Ability to: • Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the activities of the divisions • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Judges, County departments, gove3rnmental and other agencies • Analyze legislation • Understand, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures • Make effective verbal and written presentations • Train and supervise staff • Direct compilation and preparation of studies, statistics and reports • Analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions • Organize, lead and facilitate meetings of various staff and committees related to the Family Court Services and Investigations divisions • Prepare and monitor budgets • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Education: • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in psychology, social work, marriage, family and child counseling, or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships • Experience: • A minimum of four (4) years’ experience managing and supervising technical staff resolving family conflict and related situations License/Certification • A valid class C California driver’s license may be required. The requirement will be reviewed on a position basis in accordance with ADA regulations. Desirable License or Certificate: • Possession of a valid Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage, Family and Child Counselor license as issued by the State of California Substitution: • The Court may substitute additional experience for a portion of the education, or additional education for a portion of the experience, required under Family Code §1815 subdivision (a). Special Requirements: • Requires the incumbent to be licensed as a: i. Physician and is either a board certified psychiatrist or has completed a residency in psychiatry; ii. Psychologist; iii. Marriage and family therapist; or iv. Clinical social worker • The incumbent is prohibited from practicing law and/or engaging in private practice counseling and therapy. ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS Performance Aptitudes Data Utilization: Requires the ability to coordinate, manage, and/or correlate data. Includes exercising judgement in determining time, place and/or sequence of operations, referencing data analyses to determine necessity for revision of organizational components, and in the formulation of operational strategy. Human Interaction: Requires the ability to function in a managerial capacity for a division or organizational unit. Includes the ability to make decisions on procedural and technical levels. Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information. Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs. Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions; to deal with several concrete and abstract variables; and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several divisions. Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs. Physical Ability: • Strength, dexterity, coordination, and vision to use a keyboard, computer monitor, and other office equipment on a daily basis and for extended periods of time • Fine finger manipulations, dexterity, and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper • Forceful and repetitive gripping, grasping, and pinching • Occasional lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 20 lbs. • Frequent reaching for items on shelves, above, at, and below desk/shoulder level • Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move, torque, twist, push, and pull objects • Frequently sit for extended periods; frequently stand for extended periods; and frequently walk, move, bend, stoop, lift, and stretch • Able to move to different locations such as, but not limited to: courtrooms, clerk’s office, various departments, other court facilities, and desk assignments based on the operational needs of the Court • Able to traverse inside and outside over uneven ground and pavement • Perform repetitive writing, typing, copying • Employees are regularly required to verbally communicate both in person and by telephone • Corrected hearing and vision to normal range Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally. Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions. The Superior Court of California, Merced County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Superior Court of California, Merced County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS Applications may be obtained from and submitted to: Merced Superior Court Administration Office 627 W. 21st Street Merced, CA 95340 (209) 725-4103 Or visit our website at All applications for employment must be made on an official application form and must be filed with Human Resources on or prior to the closing date and time for receipt of applications. Postmarked and faxed applications will not be accepted. A resume may be included with the application as supplemental information, but will not be accepted in lieu of an official application. All information on the application must be completed – “see resume or see attached” is not acceptable. Applications must be legible, signed and complete (including copies of licenses, certificates, transcripts, Supplemental Questionnaire, etc. if required). All information is subject to investigation and verification. The selection process is subject to change. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number are received at which time the recruitment will be closed or the filing deadline has occurred. In order to insure proper evaluation of employment qualifications, it is suggested that applicants read the directions carefully and fill out the application COMPLETELY. Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and possessing the most relevant experience as shown on the application may be invited for an interview. The screening of applications will be done by Human Resources who will determine the most qualified to be referred for interviews. If you require accommodations in the application or interview process, contact Human Resources at the number listed above before the deadline posted on the job announcement. Merced Superior Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Posted: 05/28/19