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Juvenile Court Guardians ad Litem

State of MN Guardian ad Litem Board
Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties
$23.12 Hourly

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Professional Services
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Full Time

Full-Time (1.00 FTE) Guardian ad Litem 5th Judicial District 

Advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children servicing the 5th Judicial District (Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties)

The Program desires advocates who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. Our Guardians ad Litem are independent from the court and the child welfare system and are appointed by a judge to represent a child's best interests in court proceedings. 
Since its inception, the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program has committed itself to giving abused and neglected children a strong voice in our court system. The Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Program is a state agency providing services throughout the state of Minnesota. 

Knowledge of judicial process, rules, and law, including Minnesota Statutes.
Knowledge of the objectives, philosophy, policies, and procedures of the GAL program.
Knowledge of child development, and of the issues and dynamics that surround juvenile cases, such as child abuse, domestic abuse, chemical dependency, and developmental disabilities.
Knowledge of community resources for placement, treatment, and other necessary services, including ability to identify community resources available for providing culturally appropriate services.
Knowledge of the culture/demographics being served in the community and the ability to work with diverse cultures.
Ability to interact professionally with judges, court administrators, staff, representatives of other agencies, attorneys, children and the public while representing the Guardian ad Litem Program in a professional manner. 
Ability to work independently, think critically and analyze complex family situations, and make objective and sound recommendations in the best interest of the child.
Ability to develop and maintain respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
Ability to remain professional/composed in crisis situations and the ability to defuse high conflict, complex situations.
Ability to be receptive to feedback, have a willingness to learn and embrace the need for continuous improvement.
Ability to find and work with an interpreter as necessary.
Appropriate listening, oral, and written communication and critical observation skills that present effectively through interviewing, oral presentation, and formal court reports.
Skilled in time and resource management and the ability to create and maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date files.
Novice proficiency with technology and relevant computer software programs and databases. 
Novice skill in typing and use of basic office equipment.
Minimum Qualifications: (Any combination of training and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, abilities and skills listed above. An example of an acceptable qualification for this position is:)
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, education, nursing, criminal justice, law or child-related discipline and some experience working with families and children OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
Qualified candidates must possess a current driver's license, vehicle registration and valid automobile insurance in compliance with Minnesota statute.
Must reside near the assigned service area.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience as a Guardian ad Litem with completion of the Guardian ad Litem pre-service orientation requirements, and a demonstrated comprehension of the responsibilities of Guardians ad Litem are desirable.

This position is a remote position where the selected candidate will work primarily out of their home, however, significant travel throughout the area is required. The candidate selected for this position will need to reside in close proximity to Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties. 

* 11 paid holidays plus 2 floating holidays
* State of MN insurance benefits and retirement package
* Flexibility
* Public service 

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Deadline is Monday February 19th, 2024at 4:30 pm  EOE


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