Closing Date: 11th August, 2022

Description:

Position Information
THIS RECRUITMENT IS PROMOTIONAL ONLY. YOU MUST PRESENTLY BE A FULL- OR PART-TIME REGULAR OR PROBATIONARY COUNTY OF SONOMA, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, SONOMA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, OR SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY EMPLOYEE IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION.

The Department of Child Support Services' (DCSS) Office has requested a department promotional certification to fill a Chief Child Support Attorney position. Only qualified permanent and/or probationary DCSS employees may be eligible for referral to the department for the advertised position. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

As the Chief Child Support Attorney, you will supervise and provide direction to the legal staff of DCSS. You will also be responsible for:
  • Litigating or assigning difficult or complex cases to senior staff
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with department staff and external stakeholders, including being the liaison between DCSS and Sonoma County Courts, other Child Support Agencies Nationally and Statewide, and the State Department of Child Support Services
  • Collaborating with the legal team to collectively find solutions
  • Supporting innovative and organizational changes needed to improve effectiveness of the department
  • Initiating, sponsoring, and implementing changes successfully

The ideal candidate will possess a passion for Child Support programs and:
  • A customer service mindset for both internal and external clients
  • Analytical skills with the ability to interpret and respond to complex policies & regulations
  • Strong leadership skills and experience supervising legal staff

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience: Significant legal experience subsequent to membership in the State Bar of California which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, five years of legal experience practicing civil law as a licensed attorney in the area of family support law with emphasis on the preparation and trial of cases in the Superior Court, including the equivalent of two years of experience at the level of Child Support Attorney IV with Sonoma County, would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.

License: Current active membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of a valid California driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of: the duties, powers, limitations, and authorities of the Department of Child Support Services; principles and practices of civil and administrative law; civil and criminal codes related to California family law, bankruptcy, and debtor/creditor law; rules of civil procedure and discovery; principles of trial procedure and rules of evidence; legal research methods and judicial procedures; the statutory and constitutional laws of the State of California.
  • Considerable knowledge of: effective supervisory and training techniques; written and oral communications, including language mechanics, syntax and English composition.
  • Ability to: analyze and present legal considerations related to the policies, programs and operations of the Department of Child Support Services; research, analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems; plan, assign, coordinate and review the work of subordinate professional, specialized and supportive personnel; effectively orient, train, supervise and evaluate subordinate departmental personnel; consistently prepare and present statements of law, fact, and argument clearly, logically and persuasively in written and oral form, including the most complex legal matters; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members, departmental representatives, county officials, the courts, law enforcement agency officials, and the general public.