Under the direction of the Conciliation Court and Mediation Services Director, the Parenting Plan Specialist’s primary duty is to review parenting plans for compliance with Local District Court rule 4.3D. The Parenting Plan Specialist will communicate with the attorney, mediator, or self-represented parents regarding whether the parenting plan meets the local requirements. If the plan does not comply with rule 4.3D, the Parenting Plan Specialist will effectively communicate compliance requirements and follow through until the parenting plan is approved and filed with the Clerk of the District Court.
The Nebraska Parenting Act and Douglas County District Court Local Rule 4.3D requires parents in family law cases involving children (divorce; legal separation; determination of paternity; post-decree modification proceedings) to attend an approved parent education class and to attempt to create a parenting plan; either themselves, through attorneys, or when no plan has been mutually agreed upon then attempt the creation of a parenting plan through mediation.
In addition, under the direction of the Office Manager the Parenting Plan Specialist performs a variety of additional duties to enable the Conciliation Court and Mediation Services office to function effectively, including but not limited to:
If approved as a Parenting Act Mediator, mediate cases as needed when assigned.
Provide self-represented parents with information on Local Rule 4.3D requirements.
Provide parents with information and support regarding classes, mediation, and forms.
Provide backup support for registration and administration of parent education classes.
Support, as needed, the administration of parenting plan mediation and the mediator panel.
Perform general office support as needed and requested, including but not limited to; answering and screening telephone calls, voicemail, email, processing mail, faxes, and other correspondence.
Maintain and support professional communications with attorneys, clients, mediators, public, and staff.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
A college education with mediation experience is preferred.
Approval as a Nebraska Parenting Act Mediator under the Nebraska Parenting Act for family mediations is preferred.
Attention to detail especially regarding the review of parenting plans for compliance with local District Court Rule 4.3D and the Nebraska Parenting Act and respectfully request revisions from when required.
Be familiar with common legal terms and have a general overall understanding of District Court family law matters involving children.
Have exceptional communication skills in email, face-to-face interactions, telephone, and when using video conferencing platforms to courteously and tactfully communicate effectively with attorneys, mediators, self-represented parents and a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures while handling and maintaining confidential information.
The Applicant should be proficient in operating a personal computer, have knowledge of word processing software (Microsoft Word), email (Gmail), computer-based programs such as JUSTICE and other office equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and courteous professional working relationships with supervisors, judges, court staff, attorneys, co-workers, and the general public.
Interested and qualified applicants may send the materials listed below listed below through this website www.dc4dc.com , by email to David.Hubbard@dc4dc.com , or by mail to David Hubbard, Director, Conciliation Court, Hall of Justice #155, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68183, by midnight, August 13, 2021. Douglas County is an equal opportunity employer.
A current resume
An introductory letter describing the applicant's particular interest in and qualifications for the position
A recent, representative sample of effective email communication
Five (5) professional references, including the name, title, mailing address, email address and telephone number of each reference
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:
Each application will be acknowledged. Only the most highly qualified applicants will be selected for a personal interview. Please note that portions of your resume and application material may be deemed to be public record, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-712 and, for that reason, may be made available to the public for viewing. District Court positions are non-civil and are considered to be “at will” employment, serving at the discretion of the Douglas County District Court Administration as an equal opportunity employer.
Effective Date: July 15, 2021
Closing Date: August 13, 2021
Douglas County is an EOE - M/F/Vets/Disabled