Attorney, Portage County Child Support Enforcement

Location: Ravenna, Ohio

Under direct supervision of the CSEA Lead Attorney, incumbent conducts administrative child support hearings and  provides legal representation in court for the Portage County Child Support Enforcement Agency (“CSEA”) pertaining to all statutory requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Provide legal representation in court for the Portage County CSEA pertaining to all statutory requirements including, but not limited to, pre-trial motions/hearings, enforcement actions on existing child support orders, UIFSA petitions, administrative paternity/child support order, and review and adjustment proceedings. Incumbent reviews cases and associated files prior to hearings.
  • Conduct administrative hearings (including but not limited to: mistake-of-fact, child support, paternity) by scheduling the date, time and place of hearing, arranging for the appearance of all hearing participants and reviewing cases and associated files before hearing is conducted.
  • Conduct hearings by eliciting testimony; ensure all involved parties’ rights to due process is afforded; review and assess testimony and evidence; apply appropriate program regulations and/or State and Federal laws; render a written opinion based on the presentation of the facts.
  • Research relevant regulations, policies and laws; prepare necessary paperwork, reports and records related to the preparation and administration of all hearings.
  • Ensure that clerical specialists accurately prepare State forms on case load activities; write letters to both payor and payee to keep them informed of case progress; write letters to attorneys or courts involved with cases in order to communicate on specific cases.
  • Review casework of Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) case managers for completeness and accuracy.
  • Provide training to CSEA staff.
  • Represent CSEA in all Court hearings as assigned by the Lead Attorney
  • Draft and file all legal documents in the appropriate court with jurisdiction in child support matters.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions to JFS Administrator, supervisors and staff in reference to matters concerning child support responsibilities outlined in the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures established by the court with jurisdiction over child support matters and the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
  • Maintain files in accordance with court and CSEA agency requirements.
  • Meet with CSEA case management and fiscal staff to discuss current cases before the court and to review cases which will potentially be brought before the court.
  • Collaborate with CSEA staff relative to filing liens and developing legal strategies for attachment of assets to collect unpaid child support obligations.
  • Research relevant regulations, policies and laws.
  • Prepare necessary pleadings in foreclosures, bankruptcy actions, probate proceedings, and other like actions, for collection of unpaid child support obligations.
  • Answer correspondence and telephone inquiries; handle customer complaints and disturbances.
  • Keep current regarding all laws pertaining to child support enforcement by attending legal continuing education programs, seminars, and conferences.
  • Maintain all continuing education requirements as established by the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
  • Operate a motor vehicle as needed to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications

  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree and current license to practice law in the state of Ohio.  Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and maintain continuing eligibility under the existing County driver eligibility standards.
  • Ability to operate computers for data input and retrieval; proficiency in Microsoft Office, GroupWise and Internet Explorer;  knowledge of CRIS-E,  OIES, SACWIS, OWCMS, SETS, Maximus Ledger Suite, MUNIS, MITS, BUY-IN, E-GATEWAY, E-QUIL, CCIDS, Time Force, Agency’s Digital Imaging system and other systems as required by program area responsibility.
  • Incumbent operates equipment such as, but not limited to, the following:  personal computer, printer, calculator, multi-functional copier, scanner, fax machine and shredder.
  • Communication Skills – Communicate clearly and informatively using multiple methods and forms of media. Present numerical data effectively.
  • Customer Service – Manage difficult or emotional customer situations. Respond promptly and effectively to customer needs. Solicit customer feedback to improve service.
  • Ethics – Treat people with respect. Keep commitments.  Maintain confidentiality. Uphold organizational values.  Work with integrity and maintain high standards of integrity.
  • Initiative – Volunteer readily. Undertake self-development activities. Seek increased responsibilities. Take independent actions and calculated risks. Look for and take advantage of opportunities. Ask for and offer help when needed.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focus on solving conflict, not blaming. Listen to others without interrupting.  Keep emotions under control and use reason when dealing with emotional topics. Remain open to others’ ideas and try new things.
  • Planning – Establish well developed short- and long-term plans to meet future needs. Recognize progress points and monitor plans to achieve desired results. Implement contingency plans. Adhere to schedules and plans with ability to prioritize.
  • Technical Skills – Thorough knowledge of federal, state, county and departmental policies, procedures and practices. Knowledge of JFS computer systems and related software packages, including policies and procedures associated with their use. Pursue training and development opportunities to continuously build knowledge and skills. Share expertise with others. Demonstrate knowledge of public administration principles.

How to Apply
To apply, download an application from www.co.portage.oh.us by February 3. Submit the required county application, resume, and cover letter to:

Portage County Human Resources
449 S. Meridian Street, 6th Floor
Ravenna, OH 44266

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