03/20/14

THE COUNTY OF YAKIMA
is now accepting applications for
the position of

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
GUARDIAN AD LITEM

Monthly Salary: $3,417 (7.5 hr/day)

There is one opening with the Yakima County Juvenile Court. Position is responsible for acting as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. Duties include investigating, facilitating, monitoring and advocating for the children, in partnership with other parties to cases in a court involved system. Acts as Volunteer CASA supervisor to recruit, train, mentor and monitor community volunteers who fulfill the GAL role. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing of this posting.

Selection Procedure:
Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Applicants claiming veterans preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form.

Essential Job Functions:
Responsible for recruiting, training, evaluating and supervising private citizen volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children. Develops curriculum, coordinates speakers and facilitates trainings.

Participates in court hearings as an equal party; drafts and prepares written reports, testifies in court and presents documentation as requested; provides information and recommendations to attorneys and judges; prepares and presents recommendations to the Court.

Conducts impartial and independent interviews on site and in home; observes children and all other significant people involved in the child’s life; reviews written material for cases to prepare for court hearings; conducts investigations into the welfare of minor children in cases involving dependency issues; documents case progress by preparing case notes; maintains files and documentation.

Facilitates staffing and other meetings to encourage team focus on behalf of a child, including the use of mediation; provides administrative and technical assistance to volunteers; submits regular reports including statistical and evaluative data; coordinates activities with outside parties including parents, law enforcement and schools to provide and receive information and to clarify policies and court orders; receives information regarding referrals and case management and acts as an advocate for juveniles.

Acts as liaison between program, community, courts and agencies; speaks to community organizations on behalf of the CASA Program to include fund raising campaigns.

Performs other duties as assigned such as writing or assisting in the writing of grants for CASA and/or other Juvenile Court programs, making presentations in staff meetings, participating as a department committee member, etc.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Duties are performed primarily in an office setting. Speaking, seeing, hearing and the ability to articulate clearly; use of hands to finger or feel objects and office equipment and reach with hands and arms. Sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting, most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Equipment Operated: Telephone, Copy machine, Fax Machine, Voice Mail, Personal Computer, Microsoft Office Software, vehicle and other general office equipment.

Experience & Training: Bachelors Degree in Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice,
or a closely related field such as Education and two years counseling, casework/management and
interviewing experience.

Preferred experience: Experience working with family dynamics, child welfare, courtroom experience, chemical dependency, family crisis, and domestic violence. Experience in public speaking, coordinating and facilitating meetings. Bilingual / bi-literate in English/Spanish. Communication Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Training.

Special Note: Applicants must be 21 years of age. Valid Washington State Driver’s License is required at the time of appointment. Applicants selected for final interviews are required to complete a criminal and abuse/exploitation history disclosure statement pursuant to Chapter 486 laws of 87, Sections 1-5. Criminal arrest history or history of traffic offenses may be disqualifying. Final applicant will be fingerprinted and hired subject to the results of a background investigation. Successful completion of Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) mandated training, upon appointment.

Knowledge of: Public speaking techniques; group meeting facilitation; training models and techniques, project planning methods, effective interviewing and investigation techniques and methods, social and family dynamics theories, fund raising techniques, customer service and team building concepts, courtroom protocol and procedures and an understanding of laws pertaining to dependency court.

Skills: Group presentation, computer operation (including word and excel programs), report writing, interpersonal communication, time management, decision making, establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with staff, other agencies, attorneys and the public as well as counseling and interviewing skills.

Note: This is a Yakima County Courthouse Master Contract Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

Selection Procedure: First consideration will be given to employees of the Yakima County Juvenile Court, second consideration to Yakima County employees, third consideration to the general public.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Those rating the highest on the minimum qualifications screening will be scheduled for a personal interview. If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.co.yakima.wa.us . This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

For further information and application forms, contact:

YAKIMA COUNTY HUMAN RESOUCES DEPARTMENT

128 NORTH 2ND STREET, ROOM B-27

YAKIMA, WA 98901

Apply online at: www.co.yakima.wa.us

"AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER"

Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Yakima County is a qualified Public Service entity for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service or contact your federal loan servicer.

If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.yakimacounty.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States

Posting: 934029
Position: 20001105
Job: 1341