Coordinator - Community Services
Frederick County Government - Frederick, MD

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Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; full-benefits

This para-professional and administrative position is responsible for overseeing the District Court Civilian Complaint Screening Program and the District Court Domestic Violence Screening Unit for the State’s Attorney Office (SAO). Direction may be given to interns; supervision is received by the Deputy’s State’s Attorney.

Examples of Work:
  • For District Court Civilian Complaint Program - review civilian initiated charging documents for legal issues and interview civilian complainant within 4 business days of date charges were filed; determine what documents or witnesses are needed for prosecution or c onsult with legal adviser on specific legal questions
  • Assign legal research to interns as requested by attorneys
  • For Domestic Violence Screening Unit – train screeners to review and prepare misdemeanor domestic violence cases for trial by gathering necessary supporting documents such as police reports, 911 tapes, medical records, interviewing police officers, victims and witnesses, etc.; train screeners to recommend disposition for cases
  • Draft and prepare memorandums and motions; make recommendations regarding the disposition of the case
  • Work with District Court Domestic Violence Prosecutor to make sure cases are being prepared properly; consult with Prosecutor for legal advice necessary for the preparation of the cases
  • Recruit, interview, train and supervise college and law school interns/screeners to work in the District Court Civilian Complaint Screening Program and District Court Domestic Violence Screening Unit
  • Visit colleges and law schools to attend job fairs, career days and visit career development offices; expand relationship with colleges to increase intern program
  • Manage and disperse SAO victim’s funds account through the State of Maryland
  • Coordinate interns for both the District Court and Juvenile divisions to help with legal research and administrative work
  • Organize the SAO Training Program by determining training needs for SAO and law enforcement agencies; create and advertise training schedule; maintain records of training for SAO staff to ensure certifications are maintained
  • Prepare training materials for police officers and staff of SAO to include developing power point presentations and creating training handouts; as needed, serve as back up trainer
  • Work closely with the State’s Attorney to facilitate information to the community and to the media as needed
  • As needed, research grant opportunities and write grant applications for grant funded positions and opportunities
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Sociology or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of office coordination / management or paralegal work experience
  • NOTE: Experience requirement may be waived for candidates who have received a Juris Doctorate degree and have administrative / clinical practice experience as part of their degree program
  • Intermediate skills in MS Office Suite software to include Microsoft Word and Power Point
  • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain detailed files and references
  • Considerable knowledge of legal principles and procedures
  • Ability to effectively evaluate and obtain information through interview
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities, work independently and complete assigned duties by the deadline with minimal supervision
  • Discretion and good judgment in working with sensitive information, with ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with; co-workers, attorneys and others in the judicial system; law enforcement offices and agencies, and the general public, including the ability to give knowledgeable and practical advice to individuals who are emotionally distraught
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to maintain clear, accurate case files
  • Paralegal certification or degree in Paralegal Studies
  • Secondary language skills in spoken and written Spanish, with the expectation to interpret for the program, as needed
  • Experience working in a legal field
  • District Court work experience
  • Experience working with Domestic Violence units or Civilian Complaint Processing units

Additional Information/Examination Process:
  • Ability to provide own transportation as needed for meetings and other commitments
  • Available for some varied work hours to accommodate meetings or other commitments
  • This position is subject to random drug testing


  • An evaluation of training and experience
  • One or more interviews
  • A pre-employment physical examination and drug test
  • A background investigation

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