Adult Guardianship Court Visitor Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 16, 2022
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King County Superior Court is accepting applications for a full-time Adult Guardianship Court Visitor Specialist.  This position is eligible for benefits.

The responsibilities of this classification include performing the statutory duties of an Adult Guardianship Court Visitor (CV) as described in RCW Chapter 11.130, for persons who are alleged to be in need of a guardian or conservator and indigent. The incumbent assists the Probate/Guardianship Case Manager in monitoring the appointments of all Title 11 Court Visitors and participates on behalf of the court in the mandatory Court Visitor Registry training required by law and the court’s Administrative Policy. The incumbent maintains records and statistics pertaining to job duties; and assists in the development and implementation of a plan for recouping fees and costs in cases when indigence is not confirmed by the court, or assets subsequently become available in guardianship estates. Incumbent may make presentations.

Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work location:  Primary work location is at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue in Seattle, WA. The incumbent may be required to work at other court facilities.

Work schedule:  This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.  The workweek is normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.   Variations from these hours may occur.

Additional materials required:  Please include a resume and cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the requirements of this position.  These materials are supplemental to your application. You must still completely fill out the on-line application with your relevant education and work experience.  Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on your resume or cover letter, or if you reference “see resume” on your application.

Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application.  Your options are:
  1) Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  2) Attach multiple documents/files in the attachment section.

Job Duties

The following duties are not intended to represent the entire functional capacity of the position at the task level.

Meet with persons alleged to be in need of a guardian or conservator. Conduct interviews and make written recommendations to the court. Inform the Respondent of his/her due process rights.
Investigate the assets of the Respondent and ensures those assets are protected. May be required to authorize emergency medical treatment for the Respondent.

Investigate alternate arrangements on behalf of the Respondent as less restrictive alternatives to the appointment of a guardian or a limited guardian.
Set up and maintain case files; prepare, serve, and file required forms/notices and calendars the case.

Keep statistical records on all cases; provide statistics and information upon request.

Interview other parties who have knowledge of the Respondent’s ability to manage independently. Obtain written and/or oral reports from other qualified professionals as are necessary.
Meet with the proposed guardian/conservator or limited guardian/conservator to ascertain whether the proposed guardian/conservator is qualified to serve. Inform the proposed guardian/conservator of the reporting requirements and confirms statutory qualification.
Prepare reports on analysis and recommendations. Appear in court at hearings and may be required to defend recommendations.
Assist in the operation and implementation of the Court Visitor Registry. Participate in Court Visitor Registry trainings.
Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Bachelor of Social Work or related degree and completion of Court Visitor training program. Three years’ experience working with the needs of impaired elderly people, physical disabilities, mental illness, developmental disabilities and/or other areas relevant to the needs of incapacitated persons; three years’ experience working in a legal environment or with legal documents; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above. A juris doctorate degree is desirable.

Knowledge of statutes, Court Rules, court procedures and practices in all aspects of probate and guardianship proceedings. Working knowledge of court systems, including roles and responsibilities of court departments and related agencies, key personnel, and case flow. Knowledge of relevant community resources in the areas of probate and guardianship matters. Knowledge of and skill in team building. Knowledge of cultural diversity. Knowledge of computer software applications to prepare reports, pleadings, statistical reports, and other documents. Knowledge of computer software applications including word processing and spreadsheet or database software.

Supplemental Information

Special requirements:  The ability to reliably travel throughout the county is required.  Finalists are subject to the Washington State Patrol criminal background check and a reference check. Criminal background records are not automatically disqualifying.
 As of December 6, 2021, King County Superior Court employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Your response to questions regarding your vaccination status will be reviewed as part of Superior Court's hiring process.

 Selection process:   Application materials will be screened for qualifications and the most competitive candidates will be invited for interviews.
 Union membership:  This position is not represented by a union.
 King County Superior Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.  Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
 If you have questions regarding this position, please call King County Superior Court Human Resources at (206) 477-1536.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

This application requires a separate resume and cover letter, in addition to a completed application. If you do not provide a separate resume and cover letter your application will be considered incomplete. Have you provided a separate resume and cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate your highest level of education attained or degree received.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Juris Doctor (Law degree)
  • PhD
How many years of experience do you have with the guardianship process or the guardianship community?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years or more
Have you completed a Court Visitor training program?
  • Yes
  • No
How many years of experience do you have working in a legal environment or with legal documents?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years

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