Full Job Description
The Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for:
Court Mediator/Investigator I/II
Court Mediator/Investigator I: $79,622.40 – $91,270.40
Court Mediator/Investigator II: $84,177.60 – $101,836.80
Choice of five medical plans
Vacation and sick leave packages
13 paid holidays per year
Defined-benefit retirement/pension plan
Optional deferred compensation program (457)
Deadline to apply for this recruitment is Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST
This recruitment is open to external candidates, internal OCSC employees, internal OCSC promotions, and internal OCSC lateral transfers. The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies.
About the Position
Under general supervision Court Mediator/Investigators assist parties in resolving child custody and visitation disputes by using conflict resolution skills and techniques while conducting mediation sessions and parent education classes; performs pre-marriage investigations and assesses minors’ readiness for marriage; conducts child custody, emergency, domestic violence, minor interviews, step-parent adoptions and termination of parental rights investigations and prepares written reports with recommendations to the court and/or provides expert testimony to the court; and performs related duties within area of assignment.
Court Mediator/Investigator I is the entry level classification into this professional series. This classification typically reports to the Family Court Services Supervisor and works under close supervision. Incumbents are expected to gain proficiency to promote to journey level classification within the one (1) year probation period. As incumbents gain experience, they are expected to work with increasing independence and proficiency and to perform the full scope of journey level classification duties.
A Court Mediator/Investigator I is expected to qualify for advancement to Court Mediator/Investigator II by the end of a one (1) year probationary period. There is no permanent status in this classification. Upon advancement to Court Mediator/Investigator II, incumbents are placed on a six (6) month promotional probation period.
Court Mediator/Investigator II is the journey level classification of the professional series. The classification typically reports to the Family Court Services Supervisor. Incumbents are expected to rotate and perform mediation and investigation functions while performing the full range duties including complex and conflicted cases. Incumbents may also function as a clinical consultant and mentor to junior level staff, develop and present training to fellow colleagues.
Examples of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Conducts mediation sessions on child custody and visitation disputes; uses clinical skills and techniques, crisis intervention and conflict resolution skills to assist parties in conflict to reach agreement on a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child(ren).
- Conducts court-ordered investigations on matters related to child custody, including domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal history and child abuse/neglect. Other investigation types involve emergency referrals which require expedited assessment of the above safety issues; obtains pertinent information and prepares either a written or oral report with expert testimony.
- Conducts separate interviews in matters involving the need for domestic violence restraining orders including a risk assessment of the protected party and children; facilitates the development of a safe and appropriate plan that is safe and in the best interest of the victim and/or child(ren); collects information and provides a summary of the findings and recommendations as to whether domestic violence has occurred to the court.
- Mediates disputes involving Family Law Litigation, the Juvenile Dependency Court, Probate Court and/or other parties, including parents, social workers, grandparents and attorneys, to assist in resolving parenting plan disputes and other issues concerning the welfare of minor children in Family Law, Dependency or Probate Court.
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Court Mediator/Investigator I
Court Mediator/Investigator II
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in psychology; social welfare; social work; marriage, family and child counseling or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and family counseling.
The Court Mediator/Investigator I requires three (3) years of recent full-time (or equivalent) post master’s degree experience in the field of family counseling and assessments in a variety of settings that demonstrates possession of a majority of the knowledge and abilities described below.
The Court Mediator/Investigator II requires four (4) years of aforementioned experience, one (1) year of which must have been performing mediation with the Orange County Superior Court.
Substitution for both levels
Licensure by the State of California as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage, Family, Child Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, or Professional Clinical Counselor may substitute for one (1) year of the required non-California Superior Court mediation experience.
- Principles and methods of interviewing, counseling and investigating
- Dynamics of conflict, techniques for resolution and management of conflict
- Theories of counseling and different therapeutic approaches
- Adult psychopathology and the dynamics of family dysfunction
- Perform competently and rotate among the service areas of mediation and conducting investigation, report writing and testifying in the courtroom.
- Use effective approaches in communicating with populations within varying socioeconomic, cultural/ethnic, languages and education levels, including use of interpreters, when needed.
- Maintain neutrality and professionalism while conducting mediations or investigations, particularly when working with parties who are uncooperative and acrimonious toward one another.
- Use of one’s own private vehicle to travel to field locations throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.
All applicants are required to submit a completed online application and supplemental questionnaire. To learn more about how to create an application, click HERE.
For tips on completing/updating your application, refer to our “Helpful Application Tips”guide by clicking HERE (Download PDF reader).
Résumés will not be accepted in lieu of the required application and supplemental questionnaire.
Human Resources will review applications to identify candidates who meet the minimum qualifications; therefore, it is to your benefit to include all current and previous related work experience.
Step 1: Applications will be reviewed to identify candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and/or desirables; those candidates will be referred to step 2 in the selection process.
Step 2: Candidates’ supplemental question responses may be evaluated and ranked. Depending on the number of applications, assessments and/or screening interviews may be conducted.
Step 3: Those candidates who are successful in the review/assessment will be placed on the eligible list. Placement on the eligible list is not a guarantee of interview or employment.
All candidates will be notified via email of their status at each step of the process.
Additional steps for the selection process will include a local background and reference check; for current Court employees, click HERE (Download PDF reader).
Orange County Superior Court provides reasonable accommodations upon request for applicants with disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department at HRStaffing@occourts.org if you feel you will need a reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.
This recruitment will be used to establish an eligible list for current and future vacancies. The eligible list will remain active until the list is exhausted or a new recruitment opens.
You will be notified by email during the process of this recruitment through governmentjobs.com. Please check your email spam/junk folders and accept emails ending with governmentjobs.com and occourts.org. If your contact information changes, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com.
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange participates in the eVerify program.
For questions on this recruitment, please contact Adriana Cortez at email@example.com. For general employment information, please click HERE.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
INSURANCE PLANS: Employees have an option to enroll in one of five medical plans; three HMO’s (Cigna Select, Cigna Choice, and Kaiser Choice) and two PPO’s (Wellwise Choice or Sharewell Choice), both administered by Blue Shield. The employee contributions toward the HMO or PPO insurance vary based on plan, coverage level and participation in the wellness program (OC Healthy Steps).
Various non-medical benefits (dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term disability (STD) insurance) are available and are administered by the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA).
LONG-TERM CARE: CalPERS Long-Term Care coverage is available to current and former California public employees, retirees, their spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, siblings (including stepbrothers and stepsisters), grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law between the ages of 18 and 79 when they apply. Eligible family members may apply even if the public employee or retiree who makes them eligible does not apply or is not approved for coverage
RETIREMENT: Defined Benefit, fully-qualified plan based on the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (Government Code Section 31450 et. al.). Employee and Court contributions are based on several variables including age, hire date, and salary. The plan is administered by an independent agency, Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), and has reciprocity with various California systems. Eligible new employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 will be enrolled in a defined benefit retirement plan referred to as Plan T (1.62% at 65 formula). If you were employed by an OCERS employer or reciprocal agency prior to January 1, 2013, you have less than a six month break in service, and reciprocity is established, you may be eligible to select from two other retirement pension formula options (Plan J or Plan P). See OCERS website for more information.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Optional deferred compensation 457 & Roth 457 Deferred Contribution Plans are available.
VACATION ACCRUAL: New full-time employees earn 80 hours of vacation after the employee has accumulated 2,080 regularly scheduled paid hours (after approximately 1 year of service). Following the first year, vacation is accrued as follows: 1-3 years, 80 hours per year; 4-9 years, 120 hours per year; 10-19 years, 160 hours per year; 20 or more year, 200 hours per year. Maximum accrual of hours: 0-9 years; 240 hours; 10 or more years, 320 hours. Part-time employees accrue vacation on a prorated basis.
HOLIDAYS: 13 paid holidays per year.
SICK LEAVE: 0-3 years accrue 72 hours of sick time per year as full-time employees. After 3 years, full-time employees accrue 96 hours per year. Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a prorated basis. Unlimited accrual. Some sick leave maybe converted to cash or vacation time
COMP TIME: All employees receive compensatory time every March. Full-time employees receive 4 hours and part-time employees receive 2 hours.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: 5 days of paid leave per qualifying instance.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: Court pays into county administered insurance fund.
OVERTIME: In addition to legally required overtime, the Court pays overtime to represented, FLSA-exempt employees for work ordered and performed in excess of 40 hours per week. Represented Court Technology employees who are FLSA-exempt earn overtime for work ordered and performed in excess of 80 hours per pay period.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: Administered by the Judicial Council’s, third party administrator.
EDUCATION REIMBURSEMENT: Court reimburses up to $3,500 per year of tuition for approved, necessary courses, subject to availability of funds.
FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT AND FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS: Employees of the Court may be eligible for Federal Student Loan Repayment and Loan Forgiveness Programs.
BILINGUAL PAY: Available at additional $0.58/hour for selected classes in selected positions.
EXCEPTIONAL BILINGUAL PAY: Available for specific classes at a rate of $1.15/hour in selected positions.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): Court offers EAP confidential services to assist employees with marital, family, emotional, legal, financial, and chemical dependency problems. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DISCOUNT PROGRAMS: There are numerous discount programs available to Court employees. These include, but are not limited to discounts on hearing aids, pet insurance, local attractions, technology products, wellness services and gym memberships.