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Full-Time (1.0 FTE) ICWA Guardian ad District St. Louis County

Company: Minnesota Judicial Branch
Location: Duluth
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

Description The Sixth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Board is currently seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) non-exempt ICWA Guardian ad Litem employee to advocate for the best interests of children in Juvenile Court proceedings. This position reports to a supervisor located in Duluth and will maintain cases primarily in St. Louis County with secondary assignments in Carlton County. The candidate selected for this position will need to be localized in close proximity to the district area and will work remotely from their home office. The Guardian ad Litem Program is an independent program within the Minnesota Judicial Branch and is governed by the State Guardian ad Litem Board. This is responsible work advocating for and representing the best interests of a child in court proceedings, with an emphasis on serving American Indian clients. Incumbents apply an intimate understanding of the provisions of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, and BIA Regulations in providing effective representation of the child's best interests. Work involves following procedures and guidelines to ensure the responsibilities of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program are carried out in accordance with the Minnesota Rules of Practice and Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure as well as Juvenile Protection Rules; the Minnesota Rules of Court, Statutes and Administrative Orders and Policies; GAL Board Policies; GAL Program Standards; and district and local program requirements. Work is performed under supervision of the Guardian ad Litem Board and the Sixth Judicial District GAL program. Example of Duties Demonstrates thorough knowledge and appreciation of the prevailing social and cultural standards of the American Indian community in which Indian children, parents and extended family members reside or maintain social and cultural ties. Reviews and researches files and discovery for information in proceedings, relevant documents and data pertaining to the child and basic facts of the case and any extenuating circumstances. Meets with and observes the child in the home and other settings and documents the child's interaction with caretakers, peers and others. Prepares interview questions appropriate to the case. Interviews child and others involved with the child using culturally relevant interview techniques. Obtains releases of information. Keeps accurate and precise notes in accordance with GAL program requirements and access rules. Organizes and catalogs interview/file review notes and records. Attends court hearings and prepares all necessary reports and documentation for the Court. Makes written and oral recommendations to the Court and testifies as required. Attends staffings, administrative reviews, case plan meetings and other proceedings involving the child as an advocate for the child. Maintains an accurate and up-to-date calendar of hearings. Files reports and materials in a timely manner. Calls and questions witnesses, when appropriate. Determines when to request legal representation for self and/or child. Works with attorney in case preparation and review. Compiles, organizes and maintains accurate and up-to-date case files. Adheres to record and case confidentiality/access rules. Closes files. Stores files in accordance with Guardian ad Litem Board policies. Responds to questions about a case. Attends program staff meetings and continuing education sessions as scheduled. Participates on local, district and/or state task forces and committees. Identifies and is knowledgeable regarding culturally relevant resources for placement, treatment and other necessary services for the family/child. Prepares written reports to the court in a timely manner according to court rules per the prescribed format regarding the best interest of the child, including findings, conclusions and recommendations. May be accompanied by and/or act as mentor to new Guardians ad Litem. Typical Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, education, nursing, criminal justice, law or child-related discipline and some experience working with families and children OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Must pass background check upon hire and repeat background checks every three years thereafter. Knowledge: Knowledge of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act and BIA Regulations of the American Indian population served as it affects a family involved in child protection and the court system, including knowledge of cultural practices, especially as they pertain to child rearing, and effective interventions within the American Indian community. Knowledge of juvenile and family judicial process, rules and law, including Minnesota Statutes. Knowledge of the objectives, philosophy, policies and procedures of the GAL program. Knowledge of child development, and of the issues and dynamics that surround juvenile and family cases, such as child abuse, domestic abuse, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities. Knowledge of American Indian community resources for placement, treatment and other necessary services, including ability to identify community resources available for providing culturally appropriate services. Knowledge of the culture/demographics being served in the American Indian community and the ability to work with diverse people. Skills: Ability to interview using appropriate techniques and critical observation skills. Ability to work independently, think critically and analyze complex family situations, and make objective and sound recommendations in the best interest of the child. Ability to create and maintain accurate, complete and up-to-date files. Ability to listen, speak and write effectively in order to conduct interviews, make oral presentations and prepare clear, concise written reports. Ability to become proficient using a computer, laptop, iPad, smart phone and relevant computer software programs and databases. Ability to understand speech in child's native language as needed, or find and work with an interpreter as necessary. Behavior: Ability to relate professionally with judges, tribal representatives, social workers, court administrators, staff, representatives of other agencies, attorneys, children and the public while representing the Guardian ad Litem Program in a professional manner. Ability to partner and work collaboratively with justice partners, tribal representatives, peers and families and the ability to work as part of a team as well as individually. Ability to develop and maintain respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers. Ability to remain professional/composed in crisis situations and the ability to defuse high conflict, complex situations. Ability to efficiently manage time and resources. Ability to be receptive to feedback, have a willingness to learn and embrace the need for continuous improvement. Must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check. Must possess a current driver's license, vehicle registration and valid automobile insurance in compliance with Minnesota statute. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and familiarity around tribal citizenship. Experience as a Guardian ad Litem, completion of the Guardian ad Litem pre-service orientation requirements, and a demonstrated comprehension of the responsibilities of Guardians ad Litem are desirable. Supplemental Information COMPENSATION: Starting pay is $19.07/hr. This is a (1.0 FTE) represented full-time position that is eligible for insurance benefits. The Guardian ad Litem Program is an independent program within the Minnesota Judicial Branch and is governed by the Guardian ad Litem Board. This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5. Posted for bidding, internal and external application simultaneously. TO APPLY: Complete the online application at the employment website at: **************** and attach your cover letter and resume. Application deadline for internal and external application is Monday December 2, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Please allow approximately 45 minutes to complete the on-line application process. The Guardian ad Litem Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the principles of diversity. We actively seek and encourage applications from persons of diverse backgrounds. It is the policy of the Guardian ad Litem Program that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability in order to participate in the employee selection process or if you have any additional HR related questions, please contact, ************************. Full-time positions are eligible for full-time State of MN benefits package; part-time and temporary positions are eligible for limited benefits. For benefit information visit ********************************* 01 Do you have a valid Minnesota driver's license? - Yes - No02 Are you currently employed in a position covered by the Labor Agreement between the Guardian ad Litem Program and AFSCME Council 5? - Yes - No03 Have you ever served as a Guardian ad Litem or CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children)? If yes, please list when, for how long, what kind of cases you worked with and what your average caseload was. Also please list the state(s) and county(s) in which you have served. 04 Please list any special skills, interests, committee work, community work, volunteer work, or other experience that may assist you in carrying out the responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem. Required Question

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