Program Manager (Self Help Center Attorney)

Washington D.C.
Sep 21, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Full Time

This position is located in the Office of the Register of Wills/Probate Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court and reports to the Register of Wills. The Probate Division Self-Help Center Program Manager will oversee the daily management and operations of a newly created Self-Help Center.

The Probate Division Self-Help Center is responsible for providing free information and assistance to unrepresented people in a variety of probate law matters (such as administration of estates, small estates, and guardianship of adults and minors). The Probate Division Self-Help Center answers questions, provides a roadmap for handling decedent estates, assists with completion of forms, provides a wide array of information in the form of brochures and videos, and explains how to navigate the court process and what to expect in court.

The Probate Division Self-Help Center Program Manager is responsible for an emerging program while analyzing, proposing, and implementing process improvement initiatives. This position supervises clerical, paralegal, and professional staff within the Branch and is responsible for ensuring that service to the public is consistent, courteous, professional, and reflects the values of the DC Courts.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

DC Court Policy 1060.VI. - Practice of Law: Judges, Magistrate Judges, law clerks, judicial administrative assistants and nonjudicial employees shall not engage in the practice of law while employed by the District of Columbia Courts. Notwithstanding this prohibition, an employee may act pro se and may, without compensation, give legal advice to and draft or review documents for a member of one’s family.

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  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.
  • To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:

    1. Resume
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of law school degree or transcript)
    4. Copy of the D.C. Courts’ Management Training Program certificate if using to substitute for qualifying experience
    5. Copy of D.C. Bar License
    6. List of three (3) professional references
    All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited university or college with a law degree plus at least three (3) years of legal experience actively engaged in the practice of law with at least one (1) or more years of experience dealing with probate matters in the District of Columbia or have experience or knowledge on the administration of the estates of deceased persons in the District of Columbia. Experience must include at least one (1) year of experience managing employees in a public service, agency, court system or legal environment.

    Graduation from the Courts’ Management Training Program may substitute for one (1) year of supervisory experience (You must provide documentation of your management training (i.e. copy of certificate) with your application.

    Have excellent legal research, writing, and editing skills.

    Have interpersonal and communication skills needed to successfully interact with the public, the judiciary, and other court personnel.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

    To qualify based on education, upload copy of your law school degree or transcript.

    The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the basic qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

    Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.
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