Mediator/Child Custody Evaluator
La Crosse County, WI - La Crosse, WI

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This is a professional position in the Mediation and Family Court Services Department. Employee works under general supervision performing the duties of a Mediator as specified in Wis. Stats. 767. Employee also completes Child Custody assessments as a member of a Custody Assessment Team. ***Starting pay is dependent on training and experience.

Hours of Work. Core hours are 37.5 hours per week from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This is a salaried position and hours of work will extend beyond the core hours.

To Be a Successful Applicant: 1-Provide a ten-year work history. Explain gaps in employment. 2-Include reasons for leaving each job. 3-Fill out all fields on the application, including address and phone numbers of previous employers.

Essential Job Functions:
For full list of duties and qualifications, see job description on our website. Performs mediation and any legal custody and physical placement study services authorized under the law. Determines if mediation is appropriate on cases referred by the Court or Family Court Commissioner and reports back if mediation is not appropriate. Uses the cooperative process with the parties in child custody and placement disputes by applying communication and dispute resolution skills to define and resolve their disagreements, with the best interest of the child as the paramount consideration. Facilitates agreements concerning custody/physical placements of children with their parents without acting as therapist or as an advocate for either parent. As part of the Custody Assessment Team, completes legal custody and physical placement studies for the Court when parents are unable to reach an agreement through mediation or in cases where mediation is not appropriate.

Training, Experience and Other Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or other closely related field from an accredited college or university. Or, a Law Degree from an accredited law school with additional family law or guardian ad litem experience in family law matters.
  • Not less than 25 hours of mediation training or not less than three years of professional experience in dispute resolution.
  • Training on the dynamics of domestic violence and the effects of domestic violence on victims and children.
  • Strong preference for previous experience with child custody matters.
  • May consider acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience.