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State of Massachusetts Paralegal Specialist-Central Legal in 5 Brussels Street, Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking a highly organized and driven individual with legal experience to fill the role of Paralegal Specialists. In this role the selected candidate will assist the agency in meeting the Federal requirements of Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act. Additionally, the Paralegal Specialist will assist DCF Lawyers, legal managers, and peer administrative support staff to meet therequirements under state and federal law through development of external collaboration and partnerships with both staff in the local Massachusetts Probation Service Offices and the local Clerk’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all-inclusive):_ * Work directly with external partners in the local Probation and Registrar/Clerks’ Offices of the Juvenile and Probate and Family Court to track and obtain all required legal documents, as well as any indigency intake applications and subsequent verifications, if available, to comply with State and Federal mandates that are needed for federal reimbursement and audits. * Assist peer administrative support staff / paralegals, lawyers, and legal mangers by obtaining and sending all required legal documentation, as well as any indigency intake applications and subsequent verification, if available, to the Department, which are necessary to support federal reimbursements under Title IV-E of the Social Security act for foster case, adoptions or kinship guardianships in actions filed in Juvenile and Probate and Family Court. * Assist as needed in the Legal Office and Area Offices to maximize IV-E revenue. This may include assisting in the collection of necessary legal documentation from the Court, obtaining reports from Social Workers and distributing such reports as required by any Court rules. * Maintain a working relationship with the Area Office, Legal staff, and Court personnel to ensure the timely processing of and obtaining the required documentation under State and Federal Law. * Perform related duties such as developing case tracking systems; preparing correspondence; operating office machines; filing required documents in an established filing system and/or electronically in the agency’s case management system. * Maintain a working relationship with the Department’s revenue unit and revenue vendor. * Meet regularly with the Department’s revenue vendor, the EOHHS revenue unit, and the Office of the General Counsel to facilitate communication and smooth operations between the revenue unit and the legal offices. * Assist the Office of General Counsel and agency as needed in modifying its State Plan under Title IV-E and IV-B and in obtaining documents that are needed for various audits conducted to meet Title IV-E requirements or other state of federal laws or requirements. * As requested, research and analyze law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings to assist the agency in understanding and meeting its obligations under Title IV-E, IV-B, and other federal revenue sources. _Required Qualifications:_ * Two (2) or more years’ experience as a paraprofessional including experience in legal research. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement and interact effectively with all stakeholders. * Capacity to exercise discretion while handling confidential information. * Knowledge and ability to read and understand legal documents such as decisions, briefs, opinions, and contracts. * Strong ability to write concisely and effectively to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence. * Ability to conduct interviews as well as identify and resolve problems as necessary and appropriate. _TO APPLY:_ Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter for this position when applying. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. _About the Department of Children and Families:_ The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to upholding the fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they can grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. DCF’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency, and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship, or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and 6) committed to continuous learning. For more information about our agency and programs visit: www.mass.gov/dcf _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: 75% state paid medical insurance premium * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance program * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants." As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. * Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. For questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option 2. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience in legal research or legal assistant work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in paralegal studies may be substituted for the required experience. II. Completion of one year of study at a recognized, degree-granting law school may be substituted for the required experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License may be required. Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Legal Services* *Organization: Department of Children & Families *Title: *Paralegal Specialist-Central Legal Location: Massachusetts-5 Brussels Street - Worcester Requisition ID: 21000AMJ

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