Family Conciliation and Evaluation Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on November 18, 2021
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This posting is to fill two positions:
1)  One Full-Time Regular position.
2) One Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) position that is anticipated to last through December 31, 2022.  
Both positions are benefits-eligible.  This posting is open until filled.

The responsibilities of this professional-level classification include performing clinical evaluations, interviewing parties and writing comprehensive reports regarding family law matters.  The incumbent educates, facilitates, assesses, and provides resources to assist parties in disputed family law cases.

Who may apply:  These positions are open to all qualified applicants.

Work location:  Primary work location is located in the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue in Seattle, Washington.  Incumbents may be required to work at other court facilities.

Work schedule:  These are full-time positions working 35 hours per week.  Work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Variations from those hours may occur, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed.  These positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are not overtime-eligible.

Additional materials required:  Please include a resume and letter of interest describing how you meet or exceed the requirements for 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 the resume or cover letter.  Applications that state "see my resume" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

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.

Provide clinical evaluation to include case-specific and often complex analyses, and make recommendations regarding a full parenting plan and ongoing treatment, the need for protective orders, or immediate services.

Interview parties involved in parenting plans, third party custody cases, modifications, relocations, family law litigations, domestic violence assessments and emancipation petitions and marriage waiver petitions.

Provide extensive written reports to the parties and to the court in accordance with federal and state requirements.  Make recommendations to the court regarding family law petitions being filed.

Facilitate and mediate discussions and resolution of contested parenting plans with family law litigants.

Confirm all consents to relinquishment of parental rights in independent adoptions.

Serve as an expert witness in court and in depositions regarding Parenting Plans, Risk Assessments, and Domestic Violence Assessments.

Obtain information from other agencies to assist the court in determining the best interest of the children at issue in family law cases.

Teach and develop curriculum for parent seminars and Continuing Education family law classes.

Perform other duties of a similar nature and level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Master's degree in Social Work or in a related field, and three years' experience in a related field or clinical area of assignment.  Experience in case management and general clinical expertise in family dynamics, counseling, evaluation and assessment techniques is desirable.

Supplemental Information

Necessary 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:
  These positions are 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 these positions, 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 completing the "work history" section of the application. Your application will be considered incomplete without a separate resume and cover letter. Have you attached a separate resume and cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
This posting is for two positions. For which position(s) do you wish to be considered?
  • Both - Regular full-time and Term-Limited Temporary positions
  • Regular full-time position only
  • Term-limited temporary position only
This position requires a Master's degree. 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
If you have a Master's degree, please describe your field of study. If you do not have a Master's degree, please enter "N/A."
How many years of professional social work experience do you have? Do not include social work internship and practicum.
  • 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
How many years of experience do you have working with children and families in a social service setting?
  • 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
How many years of experience do you have conducting clinical evaluations?
  • 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
Do you have experience working with: (Check all that apply)
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Welfare
  • Family Therapy
  • Mediation
  • Substance Abuse
  • None of the Above
How many years of experience do you have providing social services in a court-related setting?
  • 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
How would you rate your knowledge of child development?
  • None
  • Just developing knowledge
  • In progress in gaining knowledge
  • Good knowledge
  • Seasoned
How many years of professional experience do you have working with mental health issues?
  • 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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