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Title: Specialty Court Coordinator – Framingham/Natick District Courts
Pay Grade: Grade 16
Starting Pay: $68,160.35
Departmental Mission Statement: The Massachusetts Probation Service’s mission is to increase community safety, reduce recidivism, contribute to the fair and equitable administration of justice, support victims and survivors, and assist individuals and families in achieving long term positive change.
Notes: This position is designated as a union position and is covered by the Collective Bargaining
Agreement with O.P.E.I.U., Local 6.
Travel will be required between Framingham and Natick District Courts.
The Specialty Court Coordinator will support the operations of the Specialty Courts at the Framingham/Natick District Courts, including the Recovery Court and the Middlesex County Veterans Treatment Court. The Coordinator will ensure program effectiveness and success, creating interagency linkages to address clients’ ancillary needs in the areas of medical, housing, employment and vocational skills planning; work with team members from treatment, community supervision, and law enforcement to ensure compliance with the 10 Key Components of Drug Courts; attend and participate in weekly Specialty Court staff meetings and sessions; and perform data collection and reporting. The Coordinator will act as a contact point between the Specialty Courts, treatment and recovery support providers, and any Specialty Court Advisory Boards and Governance Committees as directed by the participating judges.
The Coordinator will prepare for weekly Specialty Court staff meetings and sessions, including preparation of the roster and tracking new referrals; will support the running of the Specialty Court session, including obtaining nondisclosure forms from parties and guests; assist with the administration of incentives; organize graduations and prepare orders and other documents necessary for efficient court functioning. The Coordinator will act as a liaison between the Specialty Court and other court departments.
The Coordinator will collect and report data for any grants and seek future grant funding in compliance with Trial Court policies. The Coordinator will also collect and report data as required by the Massachusetts Probation Service. The Coordinator will act as liaison with and make referrals to programs with which the Specialty Courts interact. The Coordinator will work closely with the presiding judges and judicial staff, probation officers, and the treatment providers to ensure the efficient functioning of the Specialty Courts.
Supervision Received: The Specialty Court Coordinator is an employee of the Probation Department and will operate under the direct supervision of the Chief Probation Officer, First Assistant Chief Probation Officer and Assistant Chief Probation Officers of the two Specialty Courts. The Specialty Court Coordinator will also perform other duties as directed by the Chief Probation Officer and the Specialty Court Judges in accordance with the standards of the probation service and any specialized needs of the court.
Acts as a contact person between the Specialty Courts and treatment and recovery support providers;
Ensures program effectiveness and success, creating interagency linkages to address clients’ ancillary needs in the areas of medical, housing, employment and vocational skills planning;
Collaborates with team members from treatment, community supervision, and law enforcement to ensure compliance with the 10 Key Components of Drug Courts;
Monitors data collection monthly, quarterly and annually;
Prepares fiscal and programmatic reporting to the funding entity;
Attends and participates in weekly Specialty Court meetings and staffed sessions;
Seeks grant funding as necessary; and
Performs other related duties as required.
Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Ethics and Values: Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court. Mission Understands, upholds, and communicates the Drug Court and Trial Court missions.
Applied Knowledge: Understands Drug Court principles and has an understanding of the training programs and professional development needs of the staff participating in Drug Court.
Attention to Detail: Demonstrates an ability to manage data compiled from Drug Court operations to identify training needs as appropriate.
Strategic Thinking and Planning: Utilizes the best available information to successfully plan and achieve positive future training goals and objectives of the Drug Court.
Commitment to Diversity: Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Performance Measurement: Understands the value and importance of performance measures as a basis for both individual and departmental assessments
Collaboration: Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s level degree in criminal justice, social services or related field from an accredited college or university, or law degree and 2 years of experience in the field of substance use disorder services and working with substance-involved client populations and court-involved populations;
Bachelor’s level degree in criminal justice, social services or related field from an accredited college or university, and 4 years of experience in the field of substance use disorder services and working with substance-involved client populations and court-involved populations;
Knowledge of court procedures, Considerable knowledge of procedures and policies governing court sessions;
Considerable knowledge and experience using personal computers, including word processing software such as MS Word, and the ability to teach and train staff in the use and solve problems; Experience with spreadsheet software such as MS Excel is preferred.
Ability to serve the public and others with business with the court in a courteous and professional manner;
Ability to work professionally with Probation staff, court officials, corrections officials, clinical providers, judges other professional organizations and the general public to maintain effective working relationships;
Ability to initiate and carry out projects with a high degree of independence;
Ability to organize work, prioritize assignments, establish clear work expectations and standards, and communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Ability to work well under pressure and within limited time frames; and
Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.
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