OPENING DATE: 10/12/21
CLOSING DATE: 10/19/21 11:59 PM Central Time
JOB TYPE: Full-time
LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Human Services and Public Health
The Family Court Services (FCS) team is seeking multiple Family Mediator and Evaluators to join their team. FCS assists families in resolving custody and parenting time disputes. These positions will work with parties to create child-focused custody and parenting time arrangements. These positions require skills in conducting both Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) based services such as mediation and in conducting evaluations assessing the children’s best interests for custody and parenting time.
Location and hours:
Currently, due to COVID-19 these positions are remote with most client meetings being conducted via video conference but with some community-based client meetings. Once the COVID-19 emergency declaration is lifted, these positions will be hybrid with a mix of on-site work at the Family Justice Center, community-based meetings, and remote work as job duties require. While temporarily designated as remote, workers may be required to come on-site an average of 0 to 12 days a year for work meetings, trainings, or for any other reasons that their supervisor may deem necessary (may include additional days for onboarding and new employee training). Supervisors will provide as much advance notice as practicable.
Once hybrid, workers are required to come on-site several days per month for client meetings, trainings, or for any other reasons that their supervisor may deem necessary (may include additional days for onboarding and new employee training). Days on-site are generally set and scheduled in advance. Business hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with flexibility.
About these position types:
These positions are full-time, benefit-earning positions.
Starting September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law.
In these positions, you will:
- Provide alternate dispute resolution services such as mediation, Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), and facilitated settlement conferences related to custody and parenting time disputes.
- Conduct custody and parenting time evaluations and brief focused assessments.
- Assess concerns parties present around chemical dependency, communication, domestic violence, mental health, and child development.
- Recognize and respect cultural differences and provide culturally appropriate services.
Need to have:
- One of the following:
- Master’s Degree or higher in sociology, social work, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, law enforcement education, or a related field, including the completion of a supervised clinical field work training/internship (if needed for degree program), and three years of full-time equivalent work experience in social work, corrections, law enforcement, criminal justice, district court or probation/parole.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the above areas and five years of full-time equivalent work experience in one of the areas listed above.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-related field and six years of full-time equivalent experience of approved, related paid or volunteer experience in one of the areas listed above.
- A valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
Nice to have:
- Certified and/or eligibile to provide Rule 114 mediation services, including Minnesota Supreme Court certified 40 hour family mediation training.
- Experience and/or training in one or more of the following areas:
- Family counseling.
- Family court.
- Direct therapeutic counseling services.
- Guardian ad litem services.
- Interviewing individuals and families.
- Facilitating group discussions and managing conflict.
- Working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to multi-task and remain organized as well as able to work cooperatively within a team of co-workers.
- Ability to:
- Work effectively with an increasingly diverse client population, including people with limited English- speaking skills.
- Effectively interview and handle high-conflict families.
- Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
- Knowledge of the electronic case management system Domestic Relations Service (DRS).
- Knowledge and comfort with the use of computers.
- Capabability of assessing families and have skills or background knowledge of domestic abuse, chemical health/mental health issues, and child development.
About the department:
Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other.
About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals — that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employees.
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
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This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
This position may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data.
These positions are internally classified as Family Mediator and Evaluators.
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Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.