Job Posting - District of Columbia, Deputy Attorney General, Child Support Services Division
REQUISITION NO.: 2020-104
OPENING DATE: April 28, 2020
CLOSING DATE: June 8, 2020
SALARY RANGE*: $177,057 – $195,197
*This salary range is within the Legal Supervisory Service salary schedule on the LX-2 band. Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.
DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent
This position is outside of the collective bargaining unit.
This is an at-will appointment in the Senior Executive Attorney Services (SEAS) and requires District residency within 180 days of appointment and during the tenure of the appointment.
The Child Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a Deputy Attorney General. As the Title IV-D state and local agency, CSSD plans, implements, and administers a comprehensive child support services program in the District of Columbia that establishes paternity, establishes and enforces court orders, and distributes support collections in accordance with the Title IV-D State Plan and relevant laws, regulations, and court rules. The Title IV-D agency has non-delegable authority over and responsibility for the establishment and administration for the State Plan; and maintains financial control of the Title IV-D program.
The CSSD is divided into two broad functional areas. The first is Operations, which includes the activities associated with case management such as establishment, enforcement, location of non-custodial parents or their assets. The second is Finance and Information, which involves maintenance and oversight of a budgeting and financial management system and of an automated case management system. The Incumbent also supervises a litigation section, composed mostly of attorneys and paralegals, and a legal counsel unit responsible for policy and procedures as well as legislation and rule-making.
CSSD major functions are detailed and organized as follows:
1. Operations Management – Controls the activities associated with case management including the following functions:
a) Establishment – determining the non-custodial parent’s legal obligation to support his/her dependent children, obtaining a paternity determination when necessary, and establishing the amount of the non-custodial parent’s support obligation, including the methods and terms of payment.
b) Location – locating a non-custodial parent or that parent’s assets, serving process, and carrying out any investigation necessary to accomplish the establishment of paternity and the establishment and enforcement of the support obligation; and
c) Enforcement – enforcing the collection of support, including by bringing contempt proceedings, obtaining garnishment orders and wage assignment, and attaching real and personal property.
2. Finance and Information – maintains a budgeting and financial management system for the Title IV-D agency and an automated data system for the agency’s caseload. Operational functions include:
a) Collections and Distribution – receipt and distribution of support payments and of amounts received through wage attachments and intercept programs, following complex federal guidelines, whether through the automated data system or upon audit and review of specific cases;
b) Special Projects/Intercepts - administration of the federal (Internal Revenue Service) and state income tax return offset and of the state unemployment compensation intercept programs; and
c) Automated Data Processing – programming and operational support of the automated data system.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a candidate for the position of the Deputy Attorney General for the Child Support Services Division. The selected candidate will plan and direct the activities of CSSD through subordinate professional and non-professional personnel in a variety of grades in approximately 180 authorized positions. The Deputy Attorney General exercises a high degree of autonomy and responsibility for the establishment of the organizational and administrative framework of the program, and for the development and implementation of the necessary policies, regulations, and procedures.
Supervisory controls are primarily of an administrative nature. The incumbent exercises independent judgment in determining the rationale, scope, and objectives of assignments in concert with the Office of the Attorney General, and in accordance with law, agency policy, and program requirements.
Incumbent is responsible for the scope, planning, coordination, and conduct of the program, and for keeping the Office of the Attorney General apprised of the program’s progress, as appropriate. Guidelines include federal and District laws and regulations governing child support enforcement; program manuals; and directives of the Office of the Attorney General, the City Administrator, the Mayor, and the Courts.
Specific policies, regulations, and legislative mandates apply, but may be of a general character requiring appropriate interpretation or cancellation. Guidelines of major concern in this regard are policy statements and organic legislation dealing with broad programs parameters that require judgment in their interpretation and application.
The conduct of the Incumbent’s high-visibility relationships with officials, policymakers, and professional groups and individuals requires judgment, persuasiveness, and ingenuity.
More Specifically, the Incumbent:
Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates all Section staff
Serves as the head of the Title IV-D state and local agency, with full responsibility for all aspects of the IV-D program;
Provides overall support and direction to operating subordinate components to plan, implement, administer, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive program that addresses non-TANF as well as TANF cases, and interstate as well as local cases;
Conducts continuing and special reviews of operations and institutes or recommends change in policy or procedures;
Closely monitors DC Child Support performance against federal performance measures and recommends opportunities for improvement.
Operates at a high policy level within the Office of the Attorney General, conceptualizes and implements new management strategies, including in data processing, and proposes local legislation or rule-making consistent with the State Plan;
Develops long-range plans to provide for the effective accomplishment of the program’s mission and objectives, within budgetary and other governing limitations;
Exercises initiative, creativity, and sound judgment in addressing highly complex policy and management issues;
Negotiates as a representative of the Office of the Attorney General, with senior officials of the courts and the federal government to address relevant programmatic issues;
Represents the Office of the Attorney General at formal and informal meetings and conferences related to the program. In that regard, exercise considerable discretion and applies the highest degree of professional ability coupled with qualities of leadership, tact and diplomacy;
Provides the Office of the Attorney General and other high-level federal and District government officials with authoritative information regarding the IV-D program for purposes of presentations before the Council, speech writing, media releases, and other public or general information purposes;
Develops special reports, background information, and position papers; conducts special studies or analyses of program accomplishments as requested or required;
Conducts regularly scheduled and special staff conferences to review program operations, and to advise staff of overall policy directions and of any administrative changes that affect program operations;
Advises CSSD managers of changes in federal legislation and regulations, and of new procedures or policies relevant to the programs managed;
Directs and supervises the Assistant Director and support staff, provides for the training of employees, and ensures the availability of career advancement opportunities as may be feasible; and
Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate for this position must have a JD degree, substantial managerial and leadership experience including demonstrated ability to successfully manage and lead large, functionally complex teams through major projects and change management initiatives, etc., comprehensive knowledge of federal and local laws and regulations governing all aspects of a state child support program. Knowledge of the District's laws and regulations is preferred. Demonstrated ability to administer contracts with outside vendors, experience in budgeting and reporting. Demonstrated ability to form relationships with labor unions. Material familiarity with legal proceedings and processes, and the ability to interpret statues and rules is preferred. Equivalent to a grade LX2 in the District of Columbia Government service; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Membership in a bar of any jurisdiction and the ability to become a member of the District of Columbia bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online. All applications must include the completed questionnaire, along with a resume and cover letter. Candidates will only be able to submit the application once, and will not be able to return to add attachments or make any changes to their application once it has been submitted.
OTHER INFORMATION: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.
PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.
EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information or political affiliation.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
OFFICIAL JOB OFFERS ARE TO BE MADE ONLY BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES SECTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Important: Your COMPLETE application is important to OAG hiring process. Please ensure that you have read through the requisition in its entirety. Any REQUIRED document/s i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, DC2000RP, and/or KSAs as applicable, are included BEFORE you SUBMIT the application. You will NOT be able to re-submit. Thank you.