Fairfax County Job Openings - Detailed Description for Job #13-0681


Fairfax County Application Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., #270, Fairfax, VA 22035

PARALEGAL


Children, Youth & Families Division- CPS,
Department of Family Services

Job # 13-0681

$47,354 to $63,139  (Grade S21)
 
Description:

Provides paralegal support to Children, Youth, and Families social workers in the Department of Family Services (DFS) on issues relating to child abuse and neglect and child welfare. In that capacity, collaborates with DFS social workers in preparing affidavits and other court pleadings. Organizes, categorizes and determines completeness of documents to be submitted for court filing, and subsequently files such pleadings in the applicable court (either the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (J&DR Court) or Circuit Court). Collaborates with DFS social workers in preparing for presentation of documents in court, and organizes and prepares case documentation for court presentation. Is familiar with court protocol in J&D Relations Court and Circuit Court, and demonstrates appropriate professionalism in any court setting. Serves as liaison between DFS and the Office of the County Attorney, and maintains positive relationship between DFS and its critical stakeholders and partners. Coordinates private process service of documents such as witness subpoenas, court summons, and notices. Confirms that private process service has been completed and legal documents are filed with the appropriate court system. Conducts legal research for DFS on child welfare issues, using the Internet, court records, and other legal research mechanisms. Tracks DFS case status through court records, consultation with court personnel, and the internet, as needed. Documents all work, maintains relevant statistics, and provides reporting on the same as requested. This position will work from the department's office in Fairfax, with frequent travel to the court buildings.

 

Minimum
Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate degree in paralegal or legal assistance studies or closely related field; plus one year of experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

 

Special
Requirements:

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

 

Preferred
Qualifications:

Experience with court processes. Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written.

 

Selection
Procedure:

Panel interview and written exercise.

 

To Apply:

Submit your resume on-line through the AIMS system.

If this is the first time you have used AIMS, you will need to create an account.

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

 

Closing Date:

5/10/2013

 

Date Posted:

4/27/2013

 

Benefits:

Most positions advertised here are merit system positions funded for full benefits such as health insurance, retirement, life insurance and paid leave. Follow the link for details on Fairfax County's comprehensive benefits program for merit system employees. If a position is not funded for benefits that information will generally be included in the job announcement.

 

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