Performs court-ordered custody evaluation and court service investigations in lawsuits involving child custody and access.
Provides counseling and co-parent education concerning shared parenting, shared access to the children, and the effects of conflict on children.
Provides written reports and testifies in hearings and trials.
Performs mediations, Access Coordination, parent consultation, and interest based negotiation/communication with attorneys and litigants.
Performs other services related to custody/access suits as ordered by the Family District Court Judges and Associate Judges.
Posting may close at any time.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs intakes for all services to include meeting with attorneys to obtain legal background of the case; meeting with clients to obtain factual background of case; determining what release should be signed based on service ordered; reviewing court order; and going over requirements with clients including orientation, co-parent education, and personal data forms depending on the service ordered.
Performs court-ordered Court Services, which are limited scope investigations with a rapid turnaround for reporting to the court.
Performs Custody Evaluation investigations according to statutory requirements and writes Custody Evaluation reports.
In the absence of Director and Assistant Director, handles unusual incidents or emergencies that may arise as trained in accordance with policies and procedures.
Keeps updated chronological entries in the case management system. Maintains all notes and files on assigned cases.
Testifies and preps documents for court.
Contacts clients, attorneys, and the court frequently via phone, written, and personal contact.
Uses interest-based negotiation techniques including mediation and Access Coordination to assist in resolution of conflict between clients.
Conducts joint conferences with attorneys and pro se litigants to review findings and assessments.
Performs co-parenting and orientation education.
Participates in peer staffing reviews.
Assists in training social and human services interns.
Performs all other duties as required.
NOTE: YOU MUST FILL OUT THE WORK HISTORY and EDUCATION SECTIONS OF APPLICATION TO SHOW YOU HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION AS REQUIRED BY HIRING DEPARTMENT OR BE DISQUALIFIED.
TO APPLY, must be bilingual in English/Spanish.
TO APPLY, must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in human services field. Master's degree in human services field strongly preferred.
TO APPLY, must hold licensure as a social worker, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, or in psychology. (Note: LCDC license not accepted.)
MUST PROVIDE LICENSING AGENCY AND LICENSE NUMBER IN "CERTIFICATES AND LICENSING" SECTION OF THE APPLICATION OR RISK DISQUALIFICATION.
TO APPLY, must have Five (5) full-time years of experience working with children and parents.
TO APPLY, must possess a valid driver license. Note: A Texas driver license is required to hold the position.
Certification in basic and family mediation required within one (1) year of hire.
Must possess proficient verbal and written communication skills.
Must have interviewing and listening skills.
Must have ability to teach co-parenting class and orientation to a group.
Must be able to conduct access coordination and mediations.
Must have ability to establish and maintain effective authority and control over litigants.
Experience with Microsoft Office programs necessary.
If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment
at New Hire Processing or during the promotional process.
Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past Seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements:
While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to stoop, bend, pull and push.