Chief Child Support Attorney, Merced County Department of Child Support Services

Location: Merced, California

Under limited direction, the Chief Child Support Attorney assists the Director in planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the work of the legal division of the Department of Child Support Services; performs a variety of complex civil litigation activities; may be the attorney of record in all legal actions and proceedings filed on behalf of the Department with the courts and administrative law agencies; and performs other related work as required.

Under limited direction, the Chief Child Support Attorney:

  • Plan, organize and direct the legal activities, services and operations of the Legal Services division.
  • Provide consultation and advice to staff on questions of evidence, law, and procedures.
  • Assign, review and approve the preparation of legal opinions for the department director.
  • Prepare for and litigate the most sensitive and/or complex civil child support cases.
  • Analyze and interpret existing and proposed federal and state legislation and regulations, and State Department of Child Support Services policies, procedures, and other directives.
  • Interviews, selects, and trains attorney and legal support staff; establish work standards.
  • Coordinates the legal functions of the Department with local, state, and federal courts, administrative law and law enforcement agencies, Judicial Council, and other county departments.
  • Represent the Director before the media, agencies and at state, regional, and national conferences.

The applicant must have five (5) years of experience prosecuting child support actions within the State of California, including one year of supervisory administrative experience, and knowledge of the following:

  • Duties, powers, limitations, and authority of the State Department of Child Support Services and the Federal Title IV-D program
  • California family law, civil procedure, criminal law and federal laws and regulations as they relate to child support; rules of evidence
  • Trial and court procedures, administrative law procedures, ethical and professional rules of conduct
  • Standard legal office practices and procedures, methods of supervision and personnel management
  • Methods and techniques of legal research and report presentation
  • Debt collection practice and civil enforcement of monetary judgments and paternity and child support establishment process
  • Civil and criminal codes related to California Child Support Law; proper negotiating skills and techniques

How to Apply
Applicants must submit a completed MSS application, including any of the additional documents/materials indicated. Additional documents/materials are included in the online application. Apply online by logging onto and following the instructions.

It is recommended that you apply via the online application system. Applicants without Internet access may fax a paper application to (916) 648-1211 or mail to the address below. Faxed or mailed applications will ONLY be accepted on the dates/times indicated on the front of this job bulletin. Faxing or mailing your application does not guarantee that your application will be among those approved. POSTMARKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Application packets may be obtained by contacting MSS, or the Social Services, Child Support, or HR Department in the county.

241 Lathrop Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 263-3614

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