Child Support Attorney III is the full journey level class in the flexibly staffed Child Support Attorney Series. Incumbents are responsible for performing the full range of difficult litigation and other more challenging legal work in connection with the Child Support Program; providing legal advice and assistance related to child support program issues to departmental staff and other governmental agencies and the public and performs related work as required.
The Department is located within the Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton, CA and services the entire Alameda County area. Child Support Attorneys are required to appear at the Alameda County Superior Court—Hayward Hall of Justice on a regular basis for child support program related matters.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will be a motivated, self-starter with demonstrated expertise and knowledge of the law, regulations, codes and ordinances related to child support enforcement and the child support program, and will:
- Display and promote high standards of ethical conduct and behaviors consistent with the agency and governmental standards;
- Work cooperatively with others to accomplish objectives, build and maintain partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results;
- Possess exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, focused on conveying information clearly and in a manner that engages others and facilitates understanding;
- Originate action to improve procedures and practices, identify improvement opportunities, generate ideas and implement solutions;
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with individuals of diverse cultures and backgrounds, interpersonal styles, abilities, and motivations;
- Demonstrate professionalism, understanding, courtesy, tact, and empathy;
- Seek out ways to utilize and leverage technology to optimize performance;
- Effectively manage time and resources to ensure work is completed efficiently;
- Effectively explore alternatives and position to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of others;
- Obtain information, identify key issues, develop alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values when committing to long-range goals;
- Understand and apply knowledge of, and promote compliance with, appropriate statutes, regulations, policies and procedures;
- Seek, collect and synthesize information from a variety of stakeholders and sources in an objective, unbiased manner to reach a conclusion, goal or judgment; and
- Keep pace with current developments and trends in areas of expertise related to the child support program.
The equivalent of one year of full-time satisfactory experience as a Child Support Attorney II in the Alameda County classified service.
The equivalent of two years of full time experience as an attorney, preferably with experience in family law and current active membership and good standing with the State Bar of California.
Knowledge And Skills
The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:
- California civil and criminal codes related to child support.
- Principles of civil, criminal, constitutional, and administrative law.
- Trial and courtroom procedures and practices.
- Administrative law procedures.
- Legal research methods.
- Rules of evidence.
- Standard legal office practices and procedures.
- Supervisory principles and practices.
- Ethical and professional standards of conduct.
- Negotiating techniques relative to child law, criminal law, and child support issues.
- Current technology and trends in the profession.
- Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Use with proficiency and efficiency a variety of proprietary and non-proprietary computer applications including Windows, MS Office, and those specifically related to the Child Support Program.
- Communicate effectively and exercise a high degree of interpersonal sensitivity in interactions with others.
- Research, analyze, and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents.
- Prepare and present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically orally and in writing.
- Exercise appropriate judgement in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and /or recommendations.
- Analyze processes, procedures and policies and make recommendations to improve efficiency and performance.
- Manage an assigned caseload and perform quality legal work under pressure of deadlines.
- Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service.
- Maintain confidentiality and objectivity.
- Negotiate settlements.
- Understand and analyze financial information pertinent to the calculation of child support and perform accurate mathematical calculations.
- Understand and accept differences in human behavior, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Prepare and maintain clear, concise, and comprehensive records, reports, and correspondence.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships.