Placer County

Child Support Attorney - Supervising (#14128)

$71.52-$89.30 Hourly / $12,396.80-$15,478.67 Monthly / $148,761.60-$185,744.00 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and supervise a group of child support attorneys in the Department of Child Support Services; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and are responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from the Director of Child Support Services.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of Department goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for child support attorneys; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff. 
  • Evaluate assigned operations and activities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities. 
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for expenditure needs of assigned unit; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • On an occasional basis, try cases in the Superior Court; prepare trial briefs; check questions of law; draft jury instructions; present opening statements; interrogate and cross-examine witnesses as needed; argue points of law; make final arguments and summations.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the practice of law with substantial child support experience including a minimum of one year of lead experience.  At least three years of the total required experience must have been in a county department of child support services in the state of California.

Training: Active membership in the California State Bar. 

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required


Knowledge of:

  • Public sector law, California and federal statutory and constitutional law, civil and appellate procedures and County ordinances and regulations.
  • Law enforcement and investigative techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct the operations and activities of a professional staff of child support attorneys.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone; and communicate through written means.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent Federal, State, County and office policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout department and motivate staff.
  • Work under time constraints and exacting professional and legal standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 14128; EST: 11/1/2000; REV: 5/9/2011;