Custody and Visitation Mediator I
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Carteret County, NC

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This position is permanent part-time, 30 hours per week .
The District Court of District 3B seeks a mediator to provide services in the Custody and Visitation Mediation Program in accordance with NC General Statute §50-13.1. These cases involve unresolved issues about the custody and visitation of minor children in an effort to reduce litigation of custody and visitation disputes. Duties include but are not limited to: conduct group orientation sessions advising clients of what to expect in the custody mediation process; provide a structured, confidential, non-adversarial setting to facilitate the cooperative resolution of custody and visitation disputes; faciliate mediation sessions using neutral mediation techniques to assist parties in reaching agreements; utilize knowledge of child development and family dynamics to assist parties in making decisions; assist parties in developing parenting agreements that are in the child's best interest and reducing these agreements into a well-written parenting agreement; and interface with the court community to foster confidence and provide accurate information about custody mediation. This position is based in Carteret County; however, the successful candidate will be required to travel within the tri-county district including Craven and Pamlico counties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of: child development and family dynamics; mediation and negotiating techniques; case management; public speaking; report formulation; office management and time management.

Ability to: use the neutral techniques of mediation obtained through training and experience; assist the parties in evaluating the impact on the child of specific custody and visitation arrangements that they might be considering; maintain neutrality in the treatment of the parties; diffuse a threatening situation if necessary; assist in the resolution process; manage cases and meet program goals in a timely manner; draft parenting agreements; and use computer hardware and software.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in psychology, social work, family counseling or a comparable human relations discipline and two years experience relating to child development, family dynamics or comparable areas. Additionally, for a person to qualify to provide mediation services under this article (§7A-494), he or she must have at least forty hours of training in mediation techniques by a qualified instructor of mediation as determined by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC). This training may be acquired before employment with the NCAOC or may be provided while on the job.

Supplemental and Contact Information:
Applicants must complete an on-line application by clicking the above APPLY link. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

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Charmaine J Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division