Union County Child Support Attorney

Union County Human Services

Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Child Support Supervisor, Deputy Director and Director prepares various legal documents (e.g. legal briefs, memorandums, and pleadings; initial child support orders, modifications, interstates and paternity cases); participates in and conducts litigation processes primarily related to child support cases.


An example of acceptable qualifications: Admission to the Ohio Bar per Section 4705.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Two (2) or more years' experience as an attorney with a County Department of Job and Family Services or Human Services preferred. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Licensure or Certification Requirements:

Must possess a valid Ohio driver's license and maintain insurability under the County's vehicle insurance policy. Must maintain valid Attorney license in the State of Ohio.

Equipment Operated:

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive: Motor vehicle, personal computer, laptop, iPad, applicable computer software, office phone system, printer, copy machine, fax machine, and other standard business office equipment.

Inherently Hazardous or Physically Demanding Working Conditions:

The employee has exposure to chemical compounds found in an office environment (e.g., toner, correction fluid, etc.); has contact with potentially violent or emotionally distraught persons; has exposure to hazardous driving conditions; has exposure to bed bugs, lice, scabies and other insects; works in proximity to the use of firearms; works in or around crowds; has exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions; ascends and/or descends ladders, stairs, or scaffolds.

Note: In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor physical demands strength ratings, this is considered sedentary work.

Essential Functions of the Position:

For purposes of 42 USC 12101:

60% (1) Prepares various legal documents (e.g. legal briefs, pleadings, and memorandums; initial child support orders, modifications, interstates and paternity cases) independently. Appears in court, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence, handles appeals, and conducts case specific legal research as needed. Prepares documentation in support of motions filed on behalf of the agency as needed. Consistently and continually (e.g. at all times) represents the agency in a positive and professional manner and provides appropriate internal and external customer service.

20% (2) Responds to inquiries from clients; includes conferences with clients before motions are filed as appropriate. (3) Reviews entries submitted by private counsel for CSEA approval.

10% (4) Provides legal advice, consultation and research to agency Administration regarding child support cases. (5) Keeps abreast of changes in child support program, laws, policies and procedures.

5% (6) Maintains required licensures, certification, and continuing education requirements, if any. (7) Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable safety standards that pertain to essential functions. (8) Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

5% (9) Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Acceptable Characteristics:
(*indicates developed after employment)

Knowledge of: *federal state, and local laws, rules, guidelines and regulations regarding child support programs; *personnel rules and regulations; computer operations (e.g. SETS*); *paternity test procedures; Court procedures; preparation of complex legal documents; litigation techniques; interviewing principles; witness preparation; workplace safety; office practices and procedures; business grammar and spelling; expert witness practices and procedures; data entry; records management.

Skill in: word processing; computer operation; use of modern office equipment; data entry; organization; writing; oral communication; interviewing; public speaking; advising; conducting research; customer service.

Ability to: comprehend a wide variety of complex technical, written material; recognize unusual or threatening conditions and take appropriate action; maintain accurate records; write legal briefs, pleadings and memorandums; interpret technical legal material; interview others concerning sensitive subject matter; provide legal advice to others; speak before an audience (e.g. Court); conduct legal research; prepare accurate documentation; maintain records according to established procedures; extract information from various sources; respond to routine inquiries from public and/or officials; communicate effectively; understand a variety of written and/or verbal communication; exercise independent judgment and discretion; act as an expert witness; travel to and gain access to work site; develop and maintain effective working relationships; perform job safely.

Application Details:

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