Court Program Specialist I – Unified Family Court

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference.  Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas.  We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better.  We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

Position description

The CPS I position is Responsible for providing direct services to victims of crime, particularly victims of domestic, repeat, dating and sexual violence and stalking; and will assist during the pre & post injunction for protection hearing processes by providing procedural guidance and information regarding community resources and services. Assist victims with limited English proficiency or reading/writing difficulties when seeking an order for protection during the intake process, and assist victims with writing and/or translating their statement from Spanish to English so they can complete their petitions for protection against violence. Provide follow-up services, provide information and referral for services, and assistance with information pertaining to victim compensation.

Must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court. Must exercise a high degree of judgment, tact, and diplomacy. Work is performed under stressful conditions and involves contact with individuals involved in emotional and traumatic situations. Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated, but also work closely with others. Extensive contact is maintained with local law enforcement agencies, Office of the State Attorney, Office of the Clerk of the Court, and a variety of social service agencies.

Knowledge of the principles and dynamics of victimization, domestic violence, child development and elder abuse. Knowledge of social services available in the community. Knowledge of the operations of the Florida State Courts System in relation to domestic violence issues and child/elder victimization. Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and people involved in emotionally distressful situations.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in sociology, social work, psychology, child development, education, communications, or a related social science field, and one year of experience in a program of social service or counseling is preferred. Progressively responsible experience in victims’ issues or related social service delivery program may substitute for the recommended education on a year-for-year basis. Bilingual: English/Spanish is preferable. Osceola County Position. VOCA Grant funded.

Equal opportunity employer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.