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Child Support Attorney, Supervising

Salary: $58.35-$71.23 hourly / $10,148-$12,389 monthly / Range: 7486

DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and supervises the legal activities of the Department of Child Support Services; performs a variety of complex civil litigation activities involving paternity and child support issues; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Child Support Attorney, Supervising is a single position class. The incumbent is a working supervisor and is responsible for litigating the most complex and/or sensitive child support cases in addition to supervising Child Support (CS) Attorneys at all branch offices.

Child Support Attorney, Supervising is distinguished from Child Support Attorney, Senior by its responsibility for the daily supervision and oversight of the Child Support Services legal unit. Child Support Attorney, Supervising is further distinguished from Chief Trial Deputy by its responsibility for civil child support cases, while the latter has responsibility for criminal child support cases in addition to other functions.


1. Interviews, selects, and trains attorney staff; plans, organizes, delegates, and directs the work of staff; establishes work standards; evaluates staff performance; and provides consultation and advice to staff on questions of evidence, law, and procedure.
2. Assigns, reviews, and approves the preparation of legal opinions for the department director, assistant director, and other County officers; determines the department's legal position in cases involving conflicting issues or new legislation; and prepares management reports as requested.
3. Acts as departmental liaison to other County departments; represents the Department of Child Support Services on various local and state committees; explains the department's position on legal matters to the public and news media; and speaks before private and public organizations on matters relating to the department.
4. Prepares for and litigates the most sensitive and/or complex civil child support cases; writes opinions and briefs, including appellate briefs; and negotiates and settles complex and/or sensitive child support matters.
5. Prepares legal pleadings, including complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, orders, motions, judgments required for hearings, trials, and varied legal proceedings; drafts and prepares related reports and correspondence; and maintains accurate case records.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Active membership in the State Bar of California; and,

1. five years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney practicing child and family support law; or,
2. two years of experience equivalent to Child Support Attorney IV with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required upon hire.

Knowledge of: duties, powers, limitations, and authority of the Department of Child Support Services; training techniques applicable in a legal setting; civil and criminal codes related to California family law; administrative law procedures; trial and court procedures; legal research methods; rules of evidence; standard legal office practices and procedures; ethical and professional rules of conduct; and negotiating techniques.

Ability to: learn and apply principles and practices of effective supervision; plan, organize, prioritize, assign, and delegate work; evaluate staff performance; present and conduct complex trials, appeals, and administrative hearings; give legal advice, instructions, and counsel to subordinates; work independently; perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to complex legal problems; present statements of law, facts, and arguments clearly, logically, and forcefully, both in written and oral format; negotiate settlements; maintain confidentiality and objectivity; manage an assigned caseload; operate personal computers and use computer applications used by the department; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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