Legal Technician/Case Manager
Applies regulations and procedures to locate absent parents, establishes paternity for children born out of wedlock, establishes child support and medical support orders, modifies existing orders, enforces orders and collects support for non-public assistance and public assistance customers. Legal Technicians learn and apply federal, state and local rules and regulations and court procedures with a moderate degree of independence within the Child Support Services Unit. Legal Technicians maintain a large caseload.
- Conducts in depth interviews with the custodial parent (CP) to obtain detailed and extremely personal information regarding the identity of the Non-Custodial Parent (NCP); the determination of existing court orders; the whereabouts of the NCP and his/her available assets;
- Interviews NCP and/or their attorneys to obtain information and determine the NCP’s ability to pay child support;
- Reviews information provided by the CP and researches case records to determine current status, legal case history and determines the most appropriate legal procedure applicable, (i.e., driver’s license suspension, judgements, and/or stipulations); prepares garnishment papers and works with employers to ensure follow-up; initiates appropriate paperwork and documents for cases involving interstate actions, interrogatories, income assignments, judgements, garnishments, and contempt actions;
- Prepares legal documentation, i.e. Petitions, Motions, Summons, Bench Warrants, Judgements for District Court presentation; Completes case history for the Department’s attorney; presents testimony at court hearings; attends court hearings including those in which previous notice was not given by the courts;
- Assists attorney at court hearings; discusses difficult or irregular cases with attorney; drafts pleadings subsequent to court hearings at the request of attorney (findings of the court, etc.) for the attorney’s approval and judge’s signature. Initiates and receives communication to and from clients, district courts, attorneys, other child support units, public and private agencies.
- Maintains a working knowledge of the Colorado Revised Statutes pertaining to child support establishment and enforcement, the protocol of the courts, the justice system, and legal documents;
- Prepares legal documentation and cases for Administrative Process Actions, which consists of negotiating paternity and support orders and settlements with the NCP; analyzing financial affidavits; negotiating stipulations for child support orders. This process is conducted at the child support office and eliminates the need for the court process;
- Monitors child support payments and follows up when necessary. Includes determining that payments are allocated correctly; monitoring and working reports sent from the State Department; delinquency letters; enforcement actions(i.e. income assignments, garnishments, driver’s license suspension, credit reporting, contempt citations, etc.);
- Negotiates review and adjustments of child support orders when a change in circumstances warrants a modification of the existing order;
- Sets up and monitors genetic testing procedures for paternity cases including ensuring that legal requirements are met such as the proper chain of command is followed, proper packaging of genetic samples, obtaining identification of parties tested and witnessing the sampling;
- Discuss case/client status and exchanges other pertinent information with other units as needed;
- Case/Records Management includes: assuring that confidential information is secure; data entry of pertinent information in the Automated Child Support Enforcement System (ACSES); filing of documents in the case file, case documentation, both in case file and in the ACSES Chronology; reviewing reports and case status to determine correct class and status; determining the correct category and level of enforcement to be taken; taking action to locate the NCP through automated channels or by sending documents to outside agencies or other states;
- Each technician is responsible for certain individual duties such as, ACSES liaison, Family Support Registry liaison, Hospital Based Paternity liaison, bookkeeper, notary, foster care cases, serving on various committees, etc.;
- Attends mandatory meetings and training as required by the State Department or Child Support Services Manager or Director, (i.e. monthly unit meetings and meetings with the Department’s attorney).
- Other duties as assigned.
Special skills, knowledge, abilities required in relation to the position:
- Working knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations.
- Working knowledge of applicable court procedures, documents and legal terminology.
- Working knowledge of public assistance programs and other community agencies that provide assistance to clients.
- Ability to work collaboratively with other DHS staff.
- Skill in interviewing customers to obtain required program information.
- Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
- Principles and concepts of human behavior.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Ability to work effectively with attorneys, court personnel, employers, difficult customers, co-workers and the general public.
- Ability to navigate a variety of complex computer systems and other interfaces related to assigned programs to obtain necessary information for child support purposes.
- Community resources including medical, social, educational, financial and residential.
- Scope and application of rules and regulations related to local, state and federal rules, regulations, policies, procedures and standard operating procedures.
- Record keeping and reporting procedures.
- Ability to read, comprehend and apply program, department, county, state and federal rules, regulations, policies, procedures and standard operating procedures.
- Accomplishes the assigned workload within state and federal mandated timeframes and meets established performance standards and objectives.
- Maintains sensitive and confidential information.
- Provides professional customer service to attorneys, court personnel, employers, customers, co-workers and the general public.
- Performs duties independently without close supervision.
- Possesses a high degree of ability to organize data and workload.
Education and Experience:
- High School Diploma or GED is required
- Associates degree in a human services or business management field and/or two years of full-time responsible office clerical or public contact experience will be considered.
Must pass a background check to include but not limited to:
CBI/FBI fingerprint check
Work is usually performed in a standard office environment where there is freedom to sit, stand, or walk at will. Appearances in district court accounts for a significant amount of time.
Pay and Benefits:
This is a full- time position. Salary for this position is $34,382 annually. Prowers County Employee benefits including vacation /sick time, medical/dental, retirement, and life insurance.
Applications available at 1001 S Main St, Lamar CO, at
www.prowerscounty.net, or email email@example.com . Questions call 719-336-7486 ext. 106 EOE
Deadline for Applying : Open until filled