Branch Chief (Juvenile and Neglect)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 22, 2022
Closes
Jan 27, 2022
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
  • The branch chief fully shares, with the Family Court Director's Office, the responsibility for the overall effective accomplishment of the mission assigned to the branch and the Family Court.
  • Assists the Family Court Director's Office by providing leadership and guidance to the assigned work force.
  • Plans, formulates and administers programs designed to accomplish branch functions.
  • Provides technical assistance to the Family Court Director's Office in the development and improvement of programs.
  • Certifies staff's time and attendance.
  • Evaluates policies, procedures and practices, and prepares recommendations for use in improving the effectiveness of these policies.
  • Responsible for the development, evaluation, research and accomplishment of special projects assigned by the Family Court Director and Deputy Director.
  • Ensures that custody orders and bench warrants are processed accurately and timely.
  • Participates in conferences and meetings to enhance the development of the branch and leadership qualities.
  • Collaborates with managers from other divisions as well as with other public and private agencies to coordinate mutual work-related programs and objectives of the court.
  • Evaluates supervisors and reviews evaluations made by subordinate supervisors regarding their employees.
  • Consults with Family Court Director's Office and affected branch managers on training needs for the branch.

The DC Courts have employed many measures to keep employees and court users as safe as possible, including mandatory face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, health screening questionnaire, enhanced air circulation, and intensified cleaning services. We encouraged employees to get vaccinated for their safety and the safety of their family, friends, colleagues, and others with whom they have contact. We also provided opportunities for employees to receive the vaccine. Such voluntary vaccination efforts have made significant progress in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, and yet the emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant has caused a rapid increase in infection transmission rates in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, particularly among the unvaccinated.

Vaccinations, being readily available, provide the best protection from infection with COVID-19, and the requirement of vaccinations is consistent with maintaining a safe and secure workplace. Therefore, effective immediately and throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency period, all DC Courts employees, interns, volunteers, and on-site contractors, who have received a vaccination as required by the COVID-19 vaccination protocols, must provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources on the first day of employment. You may seek an exemption from providing a proof of vaccination on the grounds of a specific medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief. All employees who have not received the required number of vaccination doses, regardless of the reason or whether the employee has sought or been granted an exemption, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis in order to report to work in person or remotely.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • 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:
  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
  • D.C. Courts Management Training Program Certificate, if applicable
  • List of three (3) professional references

  • All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree plus five (5) years of experience in a general office, legal office, or court office setting, including experience with Family Court and juvenile and neglect law, rules and procedures; and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a supervisor.

    Graduation from the DC Court's Management Training Program may be substituted for one (1) year of supervisory experience. You must provide documentation of your management training (i.e. copy of certificate) with your application.

    Education Substitution:

    A master's degree plus four (4) years of experience in a general office, legal office, or court office setting, including experience with Family Court and juvenile and neglect law, rules and procedures; and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a supervisor.

    A law degree plus three (3) years of experience in a general office, legal office, or court office setting, including experience with Family Court and juvenile and neglect law, rules and procedures; and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a supervisor.

    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.

    Education

    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. 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.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    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.

    The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.