Limited Term Senior Assistant Family Law...
Contra Costa County Superior Court - Contra Costa County, CA

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Superior Court of California County of Contra Costa

Announces an OpenRecruitment
Limited Term Senior Assistant Family Law Facilitator – Project

$72,907.52 - $88,619.56 annually

Final Filing Date - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013

APPLICANTS MUST FILE COMPLETE APPLICATION ON LINE and MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. Only applications submitted electronically will be considered. Please add and to your email address book to ensure delivery of emails.

The Superior Court of Contra Costa County is recruiting to fill a one-year, limited term Senior Assistant Family Law Facilitator position to support a limited term project providing facilitator services to any court location in Contra Costa County. This position is anticipated to last through June 30, 2013, with a possible extension based on available funding. The Limited Term Senior Assistant Family Law Facilitator –Project will be responsible for daily assistance and services under the direction of the Court’s Director of Court Programs and Services - Family Law Facilitator.

The individual appointed to this position will perform a wide variety of duties under the supervision of the Director of Court Programs - Family Law Facilitator, including, but not limited to: conduct legal research as requested by the Bench Officers and or Family Law Facilitator; assisting parties and providing educational materials to parents regarding the process of establishing parentage; establishing, modifying and enforcing child and spousal support in the courts; distributing necessary court forms and voluntary declarations of paternity; providing assistance in completing forms; preparing support schedules based upon statutory guidelines; providing referrals to Family Court Services and other community agencies and resources that provide services for parents and children; mediating issues of child and spousal support and the maintenance of health insurance; drafting stipulations agreed to by all parties; reviewing paperwork, examining documents and performing other duties at the direction of the Director of Court Programs - Family Law Facilitator.

Examples of Duties:

The IDEAL CANDIDATE should have the following knowledge and abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • relevant federal and state family laws and regulations;
  • trial and hearing procedures, and rules of evidence;
  • local rules of court relevant to family law matters; and
  • family law computer programs.
Ability to:
  • read and understand complex legal information, procedures and forms;
  • effectively explain complex legal issues and procedures to pro per litigants who may have little or no knowledge of the law;
  • analyze a variety of information, relate it to the law and reach decisions;
  • effectively use relevant computer applications and word processing software;
  • interpret and apply statistical information related to the program;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • set priorities and complete projects in a timely manner;
  • communicate effectively both orally and in written form;
  • deal compassionately with individuals who are in highly stressful situations.

Minimum/Desirable Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements

Education: Possession of a law degree from an accredited law school.
Bar Membership: Membership in the State Bar of California.
Two (2) years of experience as an Assistant Family Law Facilitator with the Superior Court of Contra Costa County or any other court
One (1) year experience as an Assistant Family Law Facilitator with the Superior Court of Contra Costa County or any other court and two years experience as an attorney practicing family law, or as a Family Law Facilitator/Assistant family Law Facilitator in a trial court; OR
Three (3) years full time experience in the practice of family law.
(Note that all experience requirements must be full-time or its equivalent)

Highly Desirable Qualifications:

Education: Law courses taken and successfully completed in the areas of family law and California community property law.
Bilingual: Ability to speak fluent Spanish

Supplemental Information:

Selection Process:

Interested individuals must submit a completed court application, cover letter, detailed resume and, as a separate document, responses to the following two supplemental questions. Please limit your combined responses to a total of no more that four typewritten pages.

  • Describe your qualifications specifically related to the position of Senior Assistant Family Law Facilitator as follows: A) Educational background including specific coursework related to family law; B) Experience handling family law cases including determinations regarding parentage and child support; C) Experience providing pro bono services and/or performing public interest work; D) Mediation experience; E) Other factors that you believe are relevant to your qualifications for this position.
  • Family Law Facilitator's offices are mandated to provide certain services in accordance with Family Code Sections 10004 - 10005 of the Family Law Facilitator Act. Describe your philosophy regarding how to provide these services in the best possible manner.

  • Depending on the number of applications received, an application evaluation committee may be convened to review and evaluate each candidate’s application package, and those deemed best qualified will be invited to an oral interview. The court reserves the right to make revisions to this process in accordance with the Court Personnel Plan and accepted selection practices.

    Application and Selection Process:

    Interested individuals must complete a court application and responses to the following two (2) supplemental questions online and must provide a valid email address. Only applications submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 will be considered. To apply go to: click on the Job Opportunities tab then click on the Promotional Opportunities tab. All communications will be via email. Please add and to your email address book to ensure delivery of emails. For additional information email:

    NOTE: Individuals selected for appointment will be required to successfully complete a criminal history check conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

    The Court is an equal opportunity employer. The Court provides equal employment opportunity at all times and does not discriminate in violation of applicable law.