Starting Salary Range: $29,000 to $33,000 (Half –Time)
Temporary, Contractual Grant Funded Position – Renewal Yearly
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Montgomery County Circuit Court, MARYLAND
Personnel Class Specification
ADULT GUARDIANSHIP LIAISON
DEFINITION OF CLASS
The Adult Guardianship Liaison will work closely with the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of the Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring and Assistance Program. This is a temporary, part-time, grant-funded position.
The Adult Guardianship Liaison shall develop and maintain proficiency in adult guardianship matters as described by the Family Law Article, Maryland Rules of Procedure, Estates and Trusts Article, Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article and Annotated Code of Maryland.
The Adult Guardianship Liaison is expected to develop and demonstrate thorough understanding of the Circuit Court as an organization, its policies, practices and procedures and be able to make independent decisions in dealing with the public and employees. Information obtained in the course of the performance of these duties may be confidential or private in nature. The employee in this position must recognize that visitors to the Court may be under significant stress and ensure that they are treated with dignity and discretion as they obtain court-ordered services.
The Adult Guardianship Liaison reports directly to the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager and is ultimately responsible to the Family Division Coordinator and the Court Administrator
EXAMPLE OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Working in conjunction with the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager, identify, develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community stakeholders.
- Make presentations on Adult Guardianship topics at community stakeholder meetings.
- With the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager, define the prerequisite qualifications/skill sets for volunteer Guardianship Special Assistants and develop appropriate and effective recruitment strategies.
- Working with the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager, develop appropriate recruitment materials for presentation and distribution amongst community stakeholders and potential volunteers.
- Successfully develop a pool of potential volunteers. Identify and screen qualified volunteers.
- Develop training materials for Guardianship Special Assistants.
- Train qualified volunteers to serve as Guardianship Special Assistants in adult guardianship cases.
- In conjunction with the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager, the Family Division Coordinator and the Family Judge in Charge develop programmatic policies and procedures, as well as forms for use by the Guardianship Special Assistants in case assignments.
- Maintain volunteer records.
- Assign volunteers to cases.
- Supervise volunteer Guardianship Special Assistants. Conduct monthly meeting to discuss case progress and outcomes and provide support.
- Compile database of community resources and provide information regarding same to guardians.
- Enter and maintain both volunteer and case related information in an internal database for reporting purposes.
- Develop and present guardianship reporting training seminars for newly appointed/prospective guardians to be offered at least once per month.
- Conduct case audits as required.
- Assist the Supervising Guardianship/Adoption Case Manager with pending guardianship cases as needed.
- Develop and maintain collaborative professional working relationships with court personnel and the public.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to work a 20 hour work schedule with flexibility to accommodate any necessary early or late hearings and/or meetings held both at the Circuit Court and in the community.
- Ability to work independently, utilizing high level interpersonal skills to manage sensitive and confidential situations.
- Ability to understand and apply rules of procedure and relevant statutory provisions within established guidelines is essential. The applicant must possess a general knowledge of legal pleadings and the ability to prepare draft orders.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, tact, diplomacy and competence in dealing with judges, attorneys, court personnel and the public.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with court personnel and the public at all times.
- Ability to make decisions based on experience, good judgment, and established policies and procedures.
- Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and professional working relationships with court personnel and the public.
- Excellent telephone manner and experience dealing with the public.
- Conversational Spanish desirable, but not required.
- Ability to lift and transport stacks of court files to perform the essential functions of this position.
This job description describes the general nature, level of work, and essential functions being performed by a person in this position. The job description shall not be construed to describe an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person. It does not proscribe or restrict additional tasks and assignments that may be required by the Judicial Officers, the supervisor, the Family Division Coordinator and the Court Administrator.
- J.D. or certificate in paralegal studies from an accredited institution with a concentration in family law and three years of court and/or legal experience. An equivalent combination of education and seven years of court and/or legal experience focused upon family or elder law may be substituted.
- Excellent working knowledge of Family Law Article, Maryland Rules of Procedure, Estates and Trusts Article, Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article and Annotated Code of Maryland as each applies to adoptions, guardianships and trusts. Ability to understand and apply Rules of Procedure and relevant statutory provisions within established guidelines is essential.
- Must have proficient Microsoft Office Suites and be able to use Word, Excel and Access database software. Must be familiar with procedures for merging data and uploading/downloading electronic records to database files.
- Excellent organizational skills and customer service are of the highest priority as well as competence and temperament to communicate with the legal community, in-house court personnel and the general public in a fast paced environment.
- Superior writing skills and command of the English language are essential.
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