Full Job Description
ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Court Conciliator provides development and maintenance of quality programs of Conciliation Service in domestic relations, dispute resolution, marital and premarital, and divorce education.
Note: The salary range listed above ($50,024.00 – $62,140.00) reflects the expected ENTRY salary range for this position based on experience and equity within the Judicial Branch. The FULL salary range of this position is $50,024.00 to $74,256.00 annually. This position is exempt under the FLSA.
ABOUT THE SUPERIOR COURT:
The Superior Court of the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County is dedicated to providing a safe, fair and impartial forum for resolving disputes, enhancing access to our services, and providing innovative, evidenced-based practices that improve the safety of our community and ensure the public’s trust and confidence in the Judicial Branch. The Superior Court in Maricopa County, one of the largest most innovative and progressive trial courts in the nation, seeks innovative individuals to join our team who will embrace our vision of excellence and the principles inherent in the Rule of Law…every person, every day, every time. We fulfill these principles through a culture that values fairness, respect, integrity, innovation, and safety.
We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Marital and Family Counseling, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or a related field
- Three (3) years of paid, professional post-graduate experience in family counseling, mediation/negotiation, assessment and evaluation of clients or related social/behavioral services
Our Preferred Candidate has:
- Bi-lingual (Spanish/English)
- Licensed in Marital and Family Counseling, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other behavioral health fields
- Training or experience in mediation or other alternative dispute resolution practices
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- The principles, practices and professional standards in conciliation counseling, mediation and/or family assessment and supervision
- Public, private and community organization resources for children and families
- State and federal laws, regulations, rules, standards, and provisions of conciliation, counseling, and mediation
- Principles of human behavior and child development
- Intermediate skills in MS Office applications and DocuSign
- Team decision making and group facilitation
- Creative problem solving and the ability to think “outside the box”
- Effectively utilizing the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
- Facilitate discussions between parties to prepare for and engage in conversation
- Tolerate and work comfortably with high levels of conflict
- Critically analyze situations and make sound decisions
- Cultivate and maintain effective working relationships
- Communicate clearly verbally and in writing
- Adjust to changing circumstances, remain flexible, and adapt to changing priorities as the situation may require
- Process and handle confidential information with discretion
Essential Job Tasks
(This is not an all-inclusive list of all job duties that may be required; employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned.)
- Conducts various conferences with parents, relatives, and other individuals involved in conciliation proceedings relating to disputes with parenting time and legal decision-making.
- Assess issues of parental unfitness (mental health, domestic violence, child abuse, and high conflict) in order to determine the children’s best interests.
- Preserves neutrality while actively assisting all involved parties to engage in problem solving to reach agreements relating to parenting time and legal decision-making.
- Gathers and analyzes the information to prepare recommendations in an evaluative report for the Court regarding legal decision-making and parenting time to determine the children’s best interest.
- Recognize and clarify red flags to determine course of action that would be in the best interest of the child.
- Explains healthy and unhealthy parenting behaviors to parents.
- Recognize and identify behavioral issues displayed by parents. The ability to explain how behaviors affect the parent/child relationship and focus on changing the behavior.
- Ensures appropriate documentation, processing reports are within appropriate time frame, and following policies and procedures.
- Interview children who are the subject of a parental dispute.
- Refers parties to various community resources.
- Responds to inquiries from the public and judicial staff.
- Testifies in court as requested or subpoenaed.
- Facilitates and provides parenting and/or dispute education to adult learners in a classroom setting.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak clearly and hear; see details of objects that are less than a few feet away; sit for long periods of time; stand, walk, use hands to finger handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and occasionally push, pull or lift up to 20 pounds.
The Judicial Branch in Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
Judicial Branch facilities are located throughout Maricopa County. This position may be reassigned to other locations. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of the department.
Judicial Branch Human Resources reserves the right to move forward candidates based on the information provided directly on the application. The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on the needs of the department.
Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.
All Judicial Branch offers of employment and continued employment are contingent upon passing a thorough background/fingerprint check. Applicants must completely and fully answer any questions regarding felony and misdemeanor convictions including any convictions that have been expunged or set aside. Failure to include criminal history information is grounds for termination of an offer and employment. A conviction may not automatically disqualify an applicant.
Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package. High value is placed on employee well-being and meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Our benefits package is comprised of traditional benefits like medical, prescription, dental, vision, and other health benefits. Employees are supported by various wellness programs including classes, coaching, and fitness center opportunities. Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for Maricopa County. Below is a representative listing of typical benefits received by most full-time employees.
Holidays and Leave
Maricopa County observes ten paid holidays per year. Most County employees accrue vacation (starting at three weeks per year for full-time employees) and sick leave (starting at one hour for every 30 hours worked for all employees). Employees also receive paid leave for other needs such as jury duty, civic duty, and bereavement.
Medical, Prescription, Behavioral Health, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Accounts
We understand how important health care is to maintaining a good quality of life. We also know our employees want to have the freedom to choose benefit plans to best meet their needs. Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options, an HMO, PPO, and two HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) with a health savings account. When employees enroll in medical coverage, they are automatically enrolled in prescription and behavioral health coverage as well. There are three dental plans from which to choose, two PPO plans and a pre-paid dental plan that functions like an HMO. As is the case with medical, the plans range in cost, flexibility, and network of providers. The vision plan provides employees and their covered dependents access to routine vision services and materials, including an annual eye exam. For those who wish to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses, the flexible spending accounts are suitable for that need.
Life and Disability Insurance
Because life sometimes takes unexpected turns, the County offers life insurance coverage to help employees and their loved ones in the event of death. Basic life and basic accidental death & dismemberment insurance equivalent to one times an employee’s annual base salary is provided at no cost, with the option for employees to purchase additional coverage including spouse and child life insurance. Disability insurance is available to replace a portion of an employee’s salary should they experience a short-term illness or injury.
Eligible employees are covered by one of several State-sponsored retirement pension plans, including the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Additionally, there’s the option to contribute to a 457(b) Savings Plan that provides employees with a variety of investment opportunities. For those employees who retire from the County and from their retirement system, and have accrued 1,000 or more hours of sick leave, the County makes a $10,000 contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan set up on their behalf to be used for payment of eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Group Legal Plan
Maricopa County offers employees group discounts to purchase coverage for legal services such as adoptions, family matters, wills and trusts.
Maricopa County’s Wellness Works program promotes health and wellness for employees and their families by focusing on physical activity, good nutrition, self-care and stress management. Maricopa County offers eligible employees a wellness incentive for completing required activities. By meeting a set of criteria, employees and their families can get reimbursed for participating in a Weight Watchers Program. On-site fitness facilities and fitness classes are provided to employees at various locations around the County. Employees and their families also have the opportunity to receive a discounted fitness club membership at LA Fitness. Employees have access to smoking cessation programs and health-related classes on various topics including nutrition, exercise and stress management. Employees located downtown benefit from an onsite pharmacy and clinic. Every fall, flu vaccines are offered to employees at various County locations.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
When employees and their families are faced with personal issues, confidential, short-term counseling and referral services are available to them at no cost.
Maricopa County subscribes to a service association which provides employees with volume discounts for sporting events, entertainment, and many other services.
Commute Options Program (COP)
Maricopa County provides free Valley Metro passes for the bus and light rail systems for commuting to/from work; a vanpool subsidy is also provided. Employees can decrease stress, decrease wear and tear on their vehicle and help the environment all at the same time.
New Employee Orientation (NEO)
NEO provides new employees with information about Maricopa County such as: history, organizational structure, Merit Rules, County policies and procedures, County pay system and benefits and employee programs.
Rewarding Ideas/Employee Suggestions
Employees are provided with incentives to generate ideas for improvements that result in cost reduction through increased efficiency and productivity, improved processes and procedures and elimination of duplication and waste. Our employees’ ideas could put money in their pocket!!
To promote Maricopa County’s long term employee retention objectives, our employees are eligible to receive financial assistance to continue their education, help make them more productive, enhance their job performance, and equip them to pursue new opportunities within County government.
To learn more about the County’s generous benefits, visit the Maricopa County Employee Benefits and Wellness website.