POSTED DATE: January 11, 2019 SUBMISSION DATE: January 25, 2019
Purpose of Position:
The purpose of this position is to preside over designated proceedings such as jury trials, jury waived trials, Voir Dire examinations, motion hearings, oral arguments and criminal arraignments; preside over preliminary injunctions, uncontested and contested damage hearings, additional proceedings and administrative appeals.
Essential Job Functions:
• Conducts and presides over jury trials, jury-waived / bench trials, miscellaneous hearings, mediation conferences, felony arraignment court, preliminary injunction motions, damages hearing, civil protection order hearings, and criminal arraignment court • Researches and drafts decisions on administrative appeals or motions in a timely manner • Prepares finding of facts and conclusion of laws; prepares entries recommending or denying • Prepares or assists with continuances entries; determines if modifications are necessary; rules upon objections to requests for continuances and extensions based on statutory requirements and fairness • Helps supervise and assign tasks to support staff concerning docketing, continuances, and various matters • Assists in special assignments from the Court • Performs other related duties as required
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
• Ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unique or unusual conditions. Requires the ability to do so within the context of existing organizational theories and management principles. • Ability to function in a director capacity for a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction. • Ability to provide formal instruction through explanation, demonstration, and/or examination in a structured setting. • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions. • Ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information, as well as reference, descriptive and/or design data and information as applicable. • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, and ratios; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures. • Ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions; to deal with several concrete and abstract variables; and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units. • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization. • Ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
• Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, stooping, reaching with hands/arms and writing • Visual ability sufficient to operate equipment
In addition to the Essential Job Functions and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities identified, the following competencies are considered during the hiring process and are integral to the position:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Possesses, acquires, and maintains the technical/ professional expertise required to do the job effectively and to create solutions. Technical/professional expertise is demonstrated through problem solving, applying professional judgment, and competent performance
Decision Making/Problem Solving: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions in a timely manner. Compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences. Applies both rational and creative processes to identify unknown root causes of problems. Based on the situation, decides the best course of action, implements the solution, and follows-up to see how it’s working. Calculates and evaluates the long-term consequences of a decision.
Stress Tolerance: Maintains effective performance under pressure; handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization. Stays calm and even-tempered when handling crises, stressful situations, continuous change, or unexpected developments. Is able to recover from difficult situations. Is seen as a settling influence in a crisis.
Teamwork: Works effectively in a team environment to accomplish organizational goals. Builds constructive working relationships with interested stakeholders to identify and meet mutual goals and objectives. Participates as an active and contributing member of teams with a focus on improving offender outcomes and department goals. Shares information as appropriate and credit for team accomplishments. Helps create and maintain strong morale and a feeling of belonging in his/her team. Acts as if "true success" is the success of the whole team.
Conflict Management: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to reduce tension and/or conflict between two or more people; able to size up situations quickly; able to identify common interests; facilitates resolution. Steps up to conflicts and sees them as opportunities. Finds common ground and achieves cooperation without disruption to work flows or interpersonal relationships.
Cultural Competence: Values an inclusive organization where the differences of all people are respected, valued and utilized towards achieving common goals. Respects and relates well to people from varied backgrounds, understands diverse worldviews, and is sensitive to group differences; sees diversity as an opportunity, respectfully challenges bias and intolerance. Supports equal and fair treatment.
Communication: Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the listener, helps them understand and retain the message and invites response and feedback. Keeps others informed as appropriate. Demonstrates effective written, verbal and listening skills.
Collaboration: Develops and maintains effective working relationships with coworkers and stakeholders through the use of strong interpersonal skills to meet mutual goals and objectives. Obtains cooperation from others; seeks and encourages win-win alternatives.
Influence: Uses appropriate interpersonal skills and techniques to gain support and acceptance for ideas or solutions. Uses influencing strategies to gain mutually beneficial agreements; Seeks to persuade rather than force solutions or impose decisions or regulations; and recognizes personal autonomy of others.
Dependability and Reliability: Personally responsible; completes work in a timely, consistent manner; is committed to being available during business hours to further organizational goals; demonstrates regular and punctual attendance; arrives prepared for work; is committed to doing the best job possible; diligently follows through on commitments and consistently meets deadlines.
Minimum Qualifications: • Juris Doctor • Six (6) years law experience as an attorney • Must possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Ohio
Applicants are required to submit a legal writing sample with their application.
Applicants: Applications may be submitted on-line at www.fccourts.org/jobs or may be obtained from and returned to: Court of Common Pleas, Human Resources 345 S. High Street, 2nd Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215
The person selected will undergo a background investigation.
THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND WILL NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, AGE, OR ANCESTRY OF ANY PERSON.
About Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas - General Division has original jurisdictional authority over all felony cases and all civil cases in which the sum or matter in dispute exceeds $15,000.