The Alaska Court System (ACS) is recruiting for an Assistant Custody Investigator in the Anchorage Trial Courts. The selected applicant will conduct impartial custody/visitation investigations and make recommendations to the court in contested domestic relations matters. These evaluations assist the court in determining custody/visitation of the children.
Regular job responsibilities will include:
Conduct court-ordered child custody/visitation investigations as assigned; interview litigants (parents) to assess their respective parenting abilities; gather information in interviews with witnesses, family members, social service agencies, mental health professionals, schools, and others who have involvement with the family; interview the children to assess their needs relevant to custodial placement;
Prepare written reports to the court and other correspondence relative to each assigned case; peer review of colleagues' reports;
Testify in court in support of evaluations, findings, and recommendations in those cases where a stipulated agreement cannot be reached; have status of expert witness in area of custody/visitation issues and testify as such;
Conference with attorneys/guardian ad litem as appropriate in a case to present preliminary report of investigation results and recommendations prior to judicial hearings; attempt to resolve disputes through the investigative process with the goal of arriving at parental agreements regarding the best interest of the children;
Evaluate juvenile marriage and emancipation petitions; testify in court as to findings and recommendations;
Share in facilitating court-sponsored parent education programs as may be developed;
May be called on to attend, participate, and/or speak at professional meetings and conferences;
Travel to other court locations as needed.
We provide a variety of benefits for eligible employees, which are a significant part of the total compensation package. These benefits include:
Medical and dental coverage for employee and eligible dependents
Vision plan (optional)
Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available
37.5 hour work week
11 paid holidays
Personal leave accrual of at least 15 hours monthly
Retirement programs with a wide variety of investment options
Supplemental Benefits System (SBS)
Deferred Compensation Plan (optional)
This position is in the Partially Exempt service. The incumbent serves "at-will" to the hiring authority.
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This position is in the Partially Exempt service. The incumbent serves "at-will" to the appointing authority.
A Master’s Degree in social work, psychology, education, child development, counseling or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or a closely related field AND two years of professional experience in the above fields working with families.
Professional experience working with families in a court setting is preferred.
Job Specific Information:
The following is a list of job specific questions for this position.
Do you have specific experience providing assessment or treatment to children and families? Please describe your specific experience in your cover letter.
Can you work independently for long periods of time producing high quality work while operating under pressure to meet deadlines? Please discuss in your cover letter.
Do you have training or work experience in intervention and/or engagement of resistant clients? Please describe in your cover letter.
Have you worked directly with people of diverse cultural values and backgrounds? Please discuss in your cover letter.
Can you provide examples that will demonstrate your ability to write complete factual reports that are concise and clear? Please explain in your cover letter.
Do you have experience testifying in a court setting? Please describe in your cover letter.
Have you ever been qualified as an expert witness? Please describe in your cover letter.
Are you willing to travel to rural or remote areas to conduct investigations?
Are you able to accept constructive criticism of your work? Please discuss in your cover letter.
Do you have a spouse or any close relative(s) employed by the Alaska Court System? ("Close relative" means father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, uncle, aunt, first cousin, niece, nephew, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law and daughter-in-law, including those involving half or step relationships. "Spouse" includes not only a husband or wife, but also any person with whom the applicant maintains a shared household and conjugal relations). If "yes" indicate name(s), location(s), and job title(s) in the Applicant Cover Letter.