Established: 05/93
Revised: 12/07
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under policy direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the activities, operations and staff of Clackamas County Family Court Services; to supervise and provide advanced level services to conciliation, family mediation services and other family court services; and to do other work as required.


Clackamas County Family Court Services’ mission is to strengthen family relationships, reduce the harmful impact of family conflict and reduce the reliance on the court for the adjudication of family conflict. Family Court Services assists individuals, couples, families and youth who are, or are at risk of becoming, involved in the court system to reach agreements about their disputes and to build conflict resolution skills. Services include a continuum of prevention and intervention services including information and referral, counseling, mediation, evaluation, family law and parent education, educational and psycho-educational workshops, trainings, and other related family court services.

The Family Court Services Director is responsible for fulfilling department objectives as established by the Board of County Commissioners, receives policy direction on programs from the Presiding Circuit Court Judge, reports to the County Administrator and participates as a member of the County's Executive Management Team. The Family Court Services Director recommends, develops and implements department goals, objectives, policies and priorities and provides direction to and supervises professional and administrative staff.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops and implements new and revised policies; establishes goals, standards, objectives and procedures; prepares the department's program plans; ensures provision of services complies with Federal, State and County statutes, rules, and regulations.
  2. Promotes and coordinates department activities and programs with circuit court, other county and state agencies, business associations, citizen groups and the public; evaluates and responds to policy and procedural inquiries and complaints from employees, clients, attorneys, judges, citizens, other government agencies and stakeholders.
  3. Participates in state organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate intergovernmental programs relating to family court services; supports the Public and Government Affairs Department in representing the County in education, drafting, advocating and testifying on legislation related to department activities.
  4. Administers, develops and prepares annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to County budget committee, citizens and Board of County Commissioners; monitors revenues and expenditures; researches alternative funding sources including preparing and negotiating grant proposals; prepares various financial and statistical reports.
  5. Hires, directs, supervises and evaluates professional, contractual, administrative, intern and volunteer staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  6. Directs department's legal and casework positions; assists staff with technical and complicated case issues and procedures; confers with other professionals regarding referral cases; provides advanced level direct conciliation and mediation services.
  7. Designs and implements office practices and procedures; implements cost saving measures; provides direction on acquisition and maintenance of computer systems and other office equipment in coordination with appropriate County departments.


Comprehensive knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration, including personnel management, and budget and grant administration; participative management theories; principles, practices and techniques of mediation and conciliation.

Thorough knowledge of: Federal, State and local laws and rules regarding domestic relations, conciliation, mediation, and child welfare; marital and family assessment methods and techniques; court procedures; case management techniques; community and treatment resources; behavior and adjustment problems of individuals involved in domestic disputes; interviewing and psychosocial assessment techniques; funding sources and financing methods; public relations techniques; labor relations procedures and collective bargaining practices; state laws and rules relating to court-connected mediators and conciliation counselors and other family court services professionals.

Considerable Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations; develop and implement operational and administrative policies and procedures; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by the court, citizens and County; establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public; understand, interpret and apply Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations relevant to department polices and procedures; train, direct, evaluate and supervise professional, contractual, administrative, intern and volunteer staff; counsel and mediate between individuals experiencing family conflict; maintain client confidentiality; prepare and maintain various financial and statistical reports, client records, mediated agreements and other documents.


Must meet the minimum education, training and experience requirements for court-connected domestic relations custody and parenting mediators, court-connected domestic relations financial mediators, qualified domestic relations custody and parenting mediation supervisors and qualified domestic relations financial mediation supervisors as defined in Chief Justice Order No. 05-028.

Must meet minimum qualifications of conciliation counselors as defined in Oregon Revised Statutes 107.610.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.