Lucas County Children Services (Toledo, Ohio) is seeking an Assistant Manager of Legal for their Quality Improvement Division.
To assist the Legal Manager in the handling of dependency/neglect/abuse cases of children; assist in training and mentoring legal department and other agency staff; assist in the tracking and reporting of department statistics. To supervise the paralegals, information release processors and interns. Back up Legal Manager in their absence from the office.
Plans, provides work direction, trains and evaluates the work of the paralegals, information release processors and interns. Conducts performance evaluations. Reviews position descriptions and offers recommendations for revisions. Makes recommendations for hiring. Recommends and takes disciplinary action, including recommendations for terminations. Effectively adjusts and resolves grievances of the legal bargaining unit staff.
Assist with Identifying and developing the legal department training needs, including social work training, for attorneys and paralegals. Develop, update and maintain the attorney and paralegal training manuals. Assist the Legal Manager with training and mentoring/coaching staff.
Assist in developing and maintaining policies and procedures for the release of information based on the Ohio Administrative and Ohio Revised Code rules and regulations. Train information release processors on proper release of information procedures. Review and provide assistance on information release requests including, but not limited to individual requests, service provider requests and subpoena and court orders for records.
Provide training to casework training classes.
Assist the Manager with supervising and co-counseling attorneys. Attend court hearings and file motions related to record production. Represent the agency in cases when the attorney-of-record is not available or as needed. Assist in providing counsel/advice to agency staff on cases.
Assist in the development of new and innovative discovery practices to Include: trouble shooting, research and implementation of new processes and managing the maintenance of the discovery directory. Provide outreach to outside agencies and act as point person for discovery request.
Liaison and outreach to area law schools to obtain legal interns and development of future applicant pools. Provide development and oversight of procedures to obtain legal interns.
Assist with development of processes for maintaining accurate statistics and processes for ensuring attorneys are up-to-date on all agency case aspects/decisions and current laws related to juvenile court practices.
Assist with department short and long-range planning and building relationships with outside agencies to improve their understanding of court practices. Serves on and/or chairs agency and external committees, as requested or assigned.
Maintains a working knowledge of public child welfare and the legal issues pertaining to it. Completes prescribed training hours related to Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Participates in child welfare training offerings through the Regional Training Center (RTC).
Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Ability to work with representatives of the Juvenile Court and other agencies to develop positive working relationships and/or to provide information about agency operations.
- Ability to establish a working rapport with Colleges of Law in state or contiguous states.
- Ability to support staff and families with sensitivity and empathy.
- Ability to manage time through prioritization of tasks/responsibilities and organizational skills.
SCOPE OF POSITION:
Reports to: Manager of Legal Supervises: Paralegals (2), Information Release Processors (3) Interns (1-3)
Bachelor's Degree and J.D. required. Three (3) years of experience in public child welfare (including court processes and litigation) required. Two (2) years supervisor experience preferred. Knowledge of legal issues involving public child welfare mandatory. Maintenance of required CLE’s. Demonstrated ability to model effective interactions and communication skills in cross-cultural situations required.
Pay Range: $59,425.60 - $89,128.00
Hours Per Week: 35
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