Open until filled. Under the supervision of the Mediation Supervisor, the Mediator is primarily responsible for providing specialized court-based Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services for cases held at Pima County Juvenile Court.
Conducts settlement conferences for the Juvenile Court.
Conducts court-based mediation and other ADR sessions in a neutral and confidential manner to assist parties and their counsel in communicating, understanding the perspectives and positions of one another and of the needs of children; and resolving disputes in litigated cases involving high conflict, multi-party sessions.
Cases generally involve abuse and neglect case issues, but may also involve legal alternatives to dependency actions, guardianship, domestic relations, termination of parental rights, emancipation, post adoption contact, delinquency and other issues.
Develops a professional relationship with attorneys, Department of Child Safety (DCS) Case Managers and community or contracted treatment providers who will participate in the sessions.
Reviews each referred case thoroughly prior to the session, and drafts legally relevant paperwork at the conclusion of a session such as case agreements, outcome reports and court orders for the Judge assigned to the case.
Assists with the training of DCS staff, community collaborators, court staff and support staff on ADR, conflict resolution and related topics.
Assists with data maintenance for ADR referrals and completed sessions.
Conducts community awareness programs through community outreach efforts, including education and training presentations.
Serves as an information source to the court and collaborative agencies. Coordinates schedules, using multiple calendar tracking systems.
A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in behavioral/social science or a related field, and two years of mediation experience with the child welfare system, court, or social services agency. OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources. Preference may be given to candidates with a Juris Doctorate (JD) and/or formal ADR training.