Child Support Attorney, Supervising
Salary: $58.35-$71.23 hourly / $10,148-$12,389 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Active membership in the State Bar of
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.