Salary commensurate with knowledge, education, and experience.
This is position reports to Court Administration and is an Escambia County employee.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Teen Court Coordinator is responsible for the overall day to day operations of the Teen Court Program. This includes responsibility and oversight of all referrals and their case management; supervision and training of student employees and volunteers; information sharing and cooperation with schools, state attorney's office, and other agencies; scheduling and oversight of hearings, meetings, educational programs and other activities; securing community work sites and resources for the teens; overseeing the Teen Court Scholarship Fund; developing educational classes and/or programs for the teens; maintaining employee time records, supplies, inventories, office equipment, and other necessary functions for operation of the program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Organize and schedule volunteers and defendants for intake meetings, hearings, classes, etc. Coordinate and maintain a schedule for each hearing of the participating adults and juveniles and their respective capacities/positions within the court.
Coordinate and supervise the activities of defendants in the Teen Court program, including but not limited to community service projects, counseling requirements, restitution payments, jury duties, educational programs, school attendance and behavior, and any other requirements of supervision.
Coordinate and supervise the activities of teen volunteers including but not limited to fund raising projects, training, recruiting, public awareness activities, newsletters and/or other related projects and activities.
Plan, schedule and conduct orientation and training sessions for volunteer youth. Work with volunteer attorneys and other adults to conduct orientation and training sessions for youth, and assist them with oversight/coaching of the teens during weekly hearings.
Recruit volunteer students and adults utilizing correspondence, media, brochures, and personal appearances.
Process required paperwork for each defendant including referral forms, waivers, disposition forms, notice of hearings, correspondence, completion and failure notices.
Conduct intake appointments with children and families to discuss the program, sanctions, deadlines, follow-up plan, and other matters pertaining to their case.
Develop and maintain educational materials, conduct Shoplifting and other Law Related Education Courses, prison/jail tours, community projects and/or other ancillary activities related to the program.
Coordinate case management activities with state attorney, participating schools, and other referral agents, providing timely reports and follow-up correspondence on each defendant.
Serve as liaison for the program to juvenile court, local schools, state attorney’s office, public defender’s office, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the community.
Supervise student employees, overseeing their case management activities, reviewing case files, ensuring minimum case management requirements are met, resolving problems, structuring time and activities, conducting performance evaluation, etc.
Maintain accurate and current files including comprehensive progress notes, legal documents, on all other documentation required in program policy and procedure manual.
Maintain a data base of client information and provide periodic summary reports on the program.
Attend staff meetings and interagency meetings.
Attend Training/Workshops related to prevention, diversion and other child issues.
Participate in fund raisers, recruitment functions, speaking engagements, etc. related to the Teen Court Program.
Keep apprised of new legislation and other issues related to the juvenile justice system and ancillary programs.
Evaluate ongoing operations and procedures and present suggested improvements to court administration.
WORK RELATED CONTACTS
The position requires regular contact with the Sr. Deputy Court Administrator, Clerk of Court Staff, Law Enforcement Agencies, State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, private attorneys, court security, public and private schools. Work-related are also required with the following agencies: University of West Florida, Pensacola Junior College, Children's Services Center, Lutheran Services of Florida, Lakeview Center, Inc., Baptist Hospital, Children’s Home Society, City Drug and Alcohol Commission, Catholic Charities, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, Escambia Santa-Rosa Bar Association, Junior League, Inc., and other public or non-profit agencies in the community.
The Teen Court Coordinator helps to supervise student assistants and interns.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in criminal justice, legal studies, or a related behavior science field such as social work, psychology, or child development. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and at least one year of experience working with families and supervising adolescents in both group and individual settings. Must be computer literate and possess good communication skills.
Equipment used by the Court Coordinator includes computer, facsimile machine, photocopier, microfiche/microfilm Reader, typewriter, calculator, postage meter, document shredder, overhead projector, telephone, answering machine equipment, audio equipment, video equipment, and personal vehicle.