POSITION: Friend of the Court
DEPARTMENT: Friend of the Court
SUPERVISOR: Circuit Court Judge
LOCATION: Emmet County Building

Under the general direction of the Chief Judge, directs the staff in investigation, enforcing and processing domestic relations cases. Is responsible for program planning, fiscal management, facilities management and other administrative duties.

• Directs all daily operations and management of the Friend of the Court office and staff to include all personnel management functions such as hiring, orientation, training and evaluating work performance as well as disciplinary action as appropriate
• Prepares and manages the FOC budget and IV-D contract for judicial and fiscal staff to review, and for approval by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners
• Ensures compliance with the financial procedures required by the MiCSES program and that all fiduciary controls and IRS confidentiality requirements are met
• Meets with Judge and county fiscal staff/auditors regarding FOC financial records; ensures that all audit recommendations are implemented
• Researches and evaluates proposed and new legislation, case law and court rules to determine the impact of the same on office/Court operations
• Develops and implements policies and procedures to improve services to improve services, and ensures that operations are in compliance with applicable statutes and court rules
• Confers with the Judge and staff to discuss case processing activities, concerns, and administrative matters; explain policies, procedures and answer questions about Court operations
• Meets with clients during intake sessions to address questions and concerns about FOC operations, policies and procedures
• Reviews all Domestic Court orders for approval prior to submission to the Circuit Court Judge
• Conducts joint meetings with clients regarding custody, parenting time and change of domicile issues
• Assist staff with investigative enforcement and case processing problems
• Investigates and responds to grievances filed by litigants
• Maintains record of grievances as required by SCAO
• Other duties as assigned by the Chief Judge

• Retains composure and effectiveness in high stress emotional circumstances
• Possesses an upbeat and positive attitude
• Has an empathetic nature and is approachable in verbal and physical presentation

• Must have developed management and leadership skills
• Ability to communicate effectively in a high stress environment
• Ability to diffuse high conflict situations
• Functional proficiency required with domestic relations statutes and court rules as they apply to custody, parenting time, and child support
• Skilled in conflict resolutions
• Prior budget creation and management experience required

• Master’s degree in Domestic Relations Law, Administration, Behavioral Science, Social Work, Counseling, or other related field preferred
• A law degree and licensure with the Michigan State Bar is preferred
• A Bachelor’s Degree with Friend of the Court experience will be considered as well as court administrative and personnel management experience

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.

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