The GAL District Administrator directs, manages, and supervises the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program in Judicial District 27A (Gaston County). The program provides advocacy services to abused and neglected children through the paired representation of citizen volunteer advocates and attorneys in district court. The person in this position also solicits support from key officials in community groups, local agencies, the court, and other county partners serving families and children to encourage citizen volunteer participation; assures a sufficient number of citizen volunteers are recruited, screened, trained and supervised to perform the required duties of a Guardian ad Litem in court proceedings; and develops positive community relations to promote commitment to the program and also educates the public about the Guardian ad Litem program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of: child development and family dynamics; applicable law; adjudicatory and dispositional phases of court hearings; criminal procedure, rules of evidence, and basic investigative approaches; community resources and agencies; volunteer recruitment and obtaining program commitment.
Ability to: plan and implement a volunteer services program and to evaluate the program results; recruit and supervise volunteers directly and through subordinate staff; plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinate employees; manage program operations; monitor volunteer case assignments for program evaluation; objectively and impartially analyze facts and opinions in evaluating juvenile petitions and make sound decisions; advise program supervisors and volunteers in case background investigations; read juvenile petitions; review the assignment of cases by program supervisors to volunteers; monitor cases, and evaluate staff performance; develop and maintain effective relationships with court and community officials and the public to obtain and retain commitment and support for the program; effectively communicate and consult with others involved in the advocacy process; and express oneself clearly in oral and written form.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in a human services field such as psychology, social work, counseling, or criminal justice and five (5) years of experience providing direct services to children and families in a social services, juvenile services, educational, mental health, or volunteer program; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience, two of which include supervision.
Please attach cover letter résumé.
Your cover letter should describe how you would use your experience and associations in Gaston County to recruit volunteers.
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