Chief Child Support Attorney, County of Fresno

Location: Fresno, CA

The Fresno County Department of Child Support Services has an excellent career opportunity for a Chief Child Support Attorney. Under administrative direction, the Chief Child Support Attorney plans, directs, and manages the legal services of the Department of Child Support Services. The Chief Child Support Attorney also serves as the attorney of record for the Department and performs related managerial   work as required.

Salary -$134,725 + DOQ Annually


The information listed below is meant to serve as samples of job duties and responsibilities for positions in this classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive, but indicative of several types of duties performed. Consequently, this information does not reflect Essential Functions for this classification.

  • Serves as attorney of record on behalf of the Department.
  • Plans, organizes, monitors, and directs the work of several staff.
  • Develops, evaluates and implements department goals, objectives, policies and procedures; develops systems and standards for program evaluation, and assures departmental activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations, and goals.
  • Manages, delegates, and directs the work of the child support attorneys; establishes work standards, provides consultation and advice on questions of evidence, law, and procedure.
  • Performs legal research, writes opinions and briefs, and prepares legal opinions in cases involving conflicting issues or new legislation.
  • Interviews, selects, evaluates, develops, promotes, supervises and disciplines subordinate staff.
  • Prepares legal pleadings and other papers required in connection with trials, hearings and similar legal proceedings.
  • Analyzes and interprets existing and proposed federal and state legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, and other directives that govern the County and State Department of Child Support Services.
  • Prepares reports and correspondence; maintains accurate case records.
  • Confers with law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, the public and other stakeholders regarding policies and procedures of the Department of Child Support Services.
  • Attends and participates in meetings, seminars, conferences and court; prepares presentations and reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Adheres to the standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A} as amended; maintains and enforces all aspects of confidentiality of client information.
  • May prepare and litigate the most sensitive and/or complex civil cases involving paternity and child support; and may negotiate and settle complex and/or sensitive child support matters.

Knowledge of:
  • Child Support program at the federal, state and local level;
  • Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing the Department of Child Support Services;
  • Civil and criminal codes related to California family law;
  • Administrative law and procedures relative to Family Law and Child Support;  Legal research methods;
  • Rules of evidence and conduct of court proceedings;  Legal principles, ethics, and professional rules of conduct;
  • Principles and practices of administration, organization and management;
  • Personnel management practices including staff development, supervision, interviewing, selecting, training, evaluating, promoting, and discipline.
Ability to:
  •  Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the work of others within the Legal Unit;
  • Exhibit strong administrative, organizational, and managerial aptitude;
  • Analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to complex legal problems;
  • Present statements of law, facts, and arguments clearly, logically and forcefully, both in written and oral form;
  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity;
  • Effectively present and manage court cases including trials;
  • Exercise sound independent judgement within policy, guidelines, and provide appropriate recommendations to resolve complex management issues;
  • Organize and manage time and staff, and work effectively in a fast paced environment;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Analyze financial information and determine appropriate actions;
  • Demonstrate and maintain a high degree of initiative, maturity, integrity, loyalty, accountability and good judgment;
  • Work independently and within various team settings;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels, as well as with other agencies and the public;
  • Maintain the County’s commitment to provide excellent customer service.

Minimum Qualifications

License: Active membership, in good standing with the State Bar of California.

Experience: Four (4) years of full-time, paid experience as a practicing attorney at law in a child support/family law setting, including at least one (1) year of experience as an attorney practicing in California, and one (1) year in a lead capacity over professional, paraprofessional or technical staff.

License: Possession of a valid Class “C” driver’s license, or equivalent, may be required.

How to Apply

E-mail a Comprehensive Resume (Include State Bar License Number) to

Note: If selected, a completed Fresno County Employment Application must be provided prior to appointment.

Kari Gilbert, Director
Department of Child Support Services 2220 Tulare Street Suite 1900
Fresno, California 93721

Note: Do not submit application materials to Fresno County Human Resources and do not

apply via Human Resources website. All inquires regarding this position must be addressed to the email provided.

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