Site Liaison, Assistant

Site Liaison, Assistant
Juvenile and Family Law Programs
Child Abuse and Neglect

Salary Range: $48,000 – $55,000 per annum, DOE
FLSA Status: Exempt

The NCJFCJ, a non-profit organization headquartered in Reno, NV, pursues a mission to improve courts and systems’ practice and raise awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of many of our nation’s children and families. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, publication development, technical assistance, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the NCJFCJ is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

The NCJFCJ values staff who are independent, creative, tenacious, resourceful, dependable, and passionate about their work. NCJFCJ staff work collaboratively in a team setting, both internally and interdepartmentally, to achieve this mission.

A position of Model Court Site Liaison, Assistant, is currently available. The focus of this position is to serve as a liaison to the national Child Victims Act Model Courts and to support the development of other potential model court jurisdictions. The Site Liaison will be required to build a knowledge base around projects that focus on improving court practice in child abuse and neglect cases; implement the principles of collaboration among court, agencies, and community; and have experience and knowledge in the juvenile justice and dependency systems.

The Site Liaison will be responsible for guiding program activities and meeting grant deliverables under the direct supervision of the Model Courts Program Manager. Responsibilities will include meeting planning and implementation; report writing; regular and ongoing communication with assigned Model Courts, including lead judges and Model Court team members; provision of assistance to assigned Model Courts, including site visits, trainings, and response to various technical assistance requests; and work with other NCJFCJ programs’ staff to coordinate project efforts and technical assistance. This position will work as a member of the broader Model Court team, as well as perform collaborative planning and decision-making with other staff and projects.

The minimum requirements for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of experience in law, psychology, sociology, social work, organizational behavior, juvenile justice, family or domestic violence, or child welfare; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field; advanced degree is preferred
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent communication skills, follow-through, diplomacy, and the ability to create and maintain efficient working relationships with co-workers, judges, child welfare professionals, community stakeholders, and allied professionals
  • Evening/weekend/holiday/overtime work and extensive travel is required

The successful candidate for this position must:

  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism and skill in interacting with project principals and colleagues, as well as members of the judiciary and other professionals
  • Possess independent thinking and analytical skills
  • Work collaboratively with a dynamic professional team
  • Initiate, organize, and follow tasks through to completion
  • Manage multiple tasks and multiple deadlines
  • Be creative, plan strategically, implement team building, and solve problems

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to engage in a wide range of professional activities such as:

  • Court observation and documentation of systems’ practice
  • Group or meeting facilitation
  • Preparation of technical assistance publications
  • Facilitation of training, workshops, symposia, and conferences
  • Research and evaluation
  • Collection and dissemination of court improvement information including court practices and protocols, legislation, and practice standards

FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, applicants must submit:

• Tailored Letter of Interest
• Résumé or CV
• National Council Application form

Please direct all of the required application materials to:

Email (preferred): ljones@ncjfcj.org

Hard Copy:
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Lauri Jones, Human Resources Generalist
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507

This position will remain open until filled.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES
POSITION DESCRIPTION

SITE LIAISON, ASSISTANT

Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Model Court Program Manager, this position will assist juvenile and family courts and communities to develop, prioritize, and reach court improvement goals. Overall familiarity required regarding court practices and processes of courts nationwide. Will communicate findings with supervisor, program director, and other staff. Must balance individual efforts with team in planning and decision-making among staff members.

The following generally describes the minimum education, experience, knowledge, and abilities required to enter the job and to perform the essential functions of this position.

Position Requirements
Undergraduate degree from an accredited university and at least four years of experience in law, psychology, sociology, social work, organizational behavior, juvenile justice, family or domestic violence, or child welfare; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field. Advanced degree preferred, along with a passion or preference for working in a non-profit environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability in issues related to juvenile justice, family/domestic violence, child welfare, or juvenile/family law
  • Independent analytical and problem-solving skills along with ability to work within a team situation
  • Ability to initiate innovative methods in strategic planning
  • Knowledge of administrative, clerical, and office procedures and systems
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency utilizing various software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Adobe Professional, iMIS Database or other database management programs, and/or design programs as needed
  • Ability to manage files and maintain records
  • Ability to learn terminology and follow policies and procedures related to juvenile/family law programs and court systems
  • Strong, effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing, with emphasis on members of the judiciary, court and social service professionals, legislators, and national organizations
  • Ability to plan and carry work through to completion, with limited supervision, with accuracy and with strong emphasis on attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects utilizing time management and organization skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with co-workers, members of the organization, public and private officials, key system participants, and the general public
  • Knowledge of proper telephone and e-mail practices and etiquette
  • Ability to use discretion and manage confidential information
  • Must exhibit professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Essential functions and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Observation and analysis of court and systems practice
  • Group or meeting facilitation
  • Preparation of technical assistance publications
  • Collection and dissemination of court improvement information including court practices and protocols, legislation, and practice standards
  • Successful grant and report writing
  • Development and implementation of training, workshops, symposia, and conferences

Working Environment
Fast-paced, high-pressure, professional office environment. While performing the duties of this job, some extended sitting, stooping, standing, carrying, and occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs. (with assistance) may be required. Evening, weekend, holiday, and overtime work may be required. Extensive travel, locally and nationally, is required.

The physical demands of this position are representative of those that must be met in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is not limited to those duties listed in the job description. Functions and responsibilities may be added, deleted, expanded upon, or reduced as the position evolves and to meet the business needs of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.