Established: 10/15
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 5



Under general supervision, to perform non-attorney administrative and judicial processing of child support cases; to secure current child support payments and repayments of amounts due; to monitor and review cases for probation compliance; to assist the Deputy District Attorney with civil matters; and to do other work as required.


The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes committed in Clackamas County and provides legal and support services to ensure expedient criminal prosecutions, child support enforcement and assistance to crime victims.

The Child Support Enforcement Agent series provides specialized assistance to Deputy District Attorneys in establishing paternity, child support and medical support court orders and by monitoring, enforcing and modifying these orders to collect continuing child support payments. The incumbents determine and initiate appropriate administrative and judicial processes in compliance with statutes, rules, policies and timelines.

The Child Support Enforcement Agent, Senior differs from Child Support Enforcement Agent 2 which does not have lead work responsibility and from the Legal Office Supervisor which supervises a legal support staff and coordinates office operations.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews and assesses petitions for De Novo (new) hearings and judicial cases for key legal issues; reviews judicially contested administrative orders for accuracy and identifies training issues; conducts technical research; prepares analysis and procedural posture for the Deputy District Attorney’s review; assists in preparing cases for circuit court hearings; reviews cases for sufficient documentation; prepares and organizes exhibits attends and assists in hearings, acts as expert witness and as resource for attorneys, obligors and court; prepares post hearing Orders, and other legal documents as required.
  2. Assists Legal Office Supervisor in leading the work of lower level Child Support Enforcement Agents, including; assists employees with work problems and reviews work for quality assurance; develops training materials and conducts staff training as needs are identified; assists supervisor in developing policies and procedures; reviews and recommends changes.
  3. Monitors and reviews cases for probation compliance; attends court hearings to provide information and testimony, as appropriate; evaluates case-specific terms and conditions; determines and makes recommendations for community resources and programs, as appropriate; drafts Probation Violation reports for the Deputy District Attorney’s consideration; initiates contact with probationers and responds to inquiries providing information about compliance and progress; meets with probationers to determine probation compliance; conducts investigatory research to provide law enforcement agencies information necessary to execute on outstanding warrants.
  4. Establishes or modifies child support orders using Administrative Rules and guidelines; reviews case information; interviews custodial and non-custodial parents; establishes paternity as necessary; identifies parties’ wages and assets; presents testimony at administrative hearings to establish, enforce or modify child support orders.
  5. Reviews cases with existing child support court orders for non-custodial parent’s compliance; contacts obligors who have failed to make payments; negotiates payment of arrears with obligors and/or their attorneys; initiates action to modify child support court orders as appropriate.
  6. Pursues legal support enforcement actions; initiates action to collect money through garnishment of wages and assets, unemployment compensation, income tax refunds and liens placed against property; initiates contempt of court orders, financial disclosure examinations and other legal remedies to collect child support; serves civil papers as necessary.
  7. Investigates and responds to case inquiries and complaints received in person, by telephone or letter; explains rules, laws and procedures for processing child support cases; communicates status of case, reasons for initiated actions and case history; clarifies amounts of garnishment, tax refund retained and arrearages; audits payment accounting entries and investigates discrepancies; refers discrepancies to appropriate agency for adjustment; initiates legal action to terminate child support orders, satisfy arrearages or review judgments; conducts efforts to locate alleged father or obligor.
  8. Serves as main point of contact for obligors/obliges/attorneys, and partner agencies in providing information about judicial hearing cases and procedures; researches and coordinates legal concepts with Deputy District Attorneys.
  9. May conduct administrative, attorney and non-attorney represented, court ordered financial disclosure examinations; determines obligor’s wages, assets and ability to pay; negotiates equitable payment, agreement or stipulation.


Thorough knowledge of: Procedural time constraints, deadlines, legal principles, systems, processes and terminology related to Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Bench probation.

Working knowledge of: Federal and State statutes, rules, guidelines, policies, procedures and processes regarding child support and enforcement; interview and negotiation techniques; math, including percentages; office procedures, practices and equipment; English grammar, spelling and punctuation; basic collection techniques.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; research, interpret and apply laws, policies and procedures related to child support; explain legal principles quickly and simply; interview and negotiate with people from various socioeconomic backgrounds who may be uncooperative, hostile and/or emotionally distressed; obtain facts and initiate appropriate administrative or judicial legal actions to collect child support; resolve discrepancies and provide case information; collect and organize data in a narrative format; identify, evaluate and extract pertinent information from a wide variety of documents and sources; prepare legal documents in compliance with office standards and legal requirements; perform arithmetic calculations to compute payments of support or arrearages and determine total assets; review case file to ensure inclusion of required and appropriate supporting documents and affidavits; organize and prioritize work to meet established timelines; operate general office equipment and computer terminal; establish and maintain effective working relationships with custodial and non-custodial parents, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, clients, victims, witnesses, court officials, medical laboratories, County staff and public and private agencies related to child services and support enforcement.


Possession of or ability to obtain Notary Public Certification within six months of hire.

Some positions require LEDS Certification.

Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also 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.