Financial Specialist-District Court - Grandview, WA

Employer: Yakima County

Job Description:
There is one opening with the Yakima County District Court in the Grandview location. This position is responsible for specialized in-court office support activities involving courtroom processes, client services and case management relating to financial obligations owed to District Court and Probation Services, office support duties such as preparation and distribution of bench warrants, scheduling of District Court infraction hearings, preparation and distribution of legal documents, data entry into DISCUS, scanning and indexing, and responding to or routing telephone inquiries and records maintenance.

This position requires a typing test with a minimum of 35 net wpm, to be taken in the Yakima County Human Resources Department, 128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27. Tests are administered on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be completed by 3:30 pm on the closing date of the posting.

This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the closing date of this posting.

Essential Job Functions
Creates accounts receivable & time payment arrangement records; monitors, posts & disburses bail/bonds; monitors bench warrant & “Failure to Appear” status in order to maintain accurate Dept of Licensing records.
Receives and receipts payments in person, by phone, and by mail. Reviews Accounts Receivable documents and creates/adjusts for financial accuracy or adjustments.
Conducts financial interviews with court clients & establishes financial payment schedules with client, applying knowledge of State/Local Court Rules, Court/Probation procedures and policies.
Issues Department of Licensing (DOL) Failure to Appear (FTA) notices; identifies FTA issues on traffic infractions and coordinates activities with other agencies involved; removes FTA when appropriate by contacting the Department of Licensing.
Monitors Court financial accounts & determines eligibility for collection action according to established procedures. Processes collection-eligible accounts.
Prepares court & other legal documents for entry into court case files & statewide database (DISCIS). Summarizes & records written judicial orders for entry to case files, DISCIS & JIS databases; maintains accurate criminal history records for defendants; responds to telephone, mail or in-person inquiries regarding hearing schedules, court rules, records and office procedures.
Prepares & maintains daily written & audio record of all court proceedings. Prepares daily/weekly court calendars.
Indexes & secures trial exhibits (drugs, weapons, blood-borne pathogen materials & money); maintains chain of custody; applies policies & procedures in disposition of evidence.
Reviews, recalls and updates warrants in computer system. Prepares civil case filing information, enters data into DISCIS system, and prepares judgment transcript for clients.
Disseminates information & ensures confidentiality regarding ongoing case information. Coordinates communications between Judge, attorneys, staff, and maintains integrity of jurors. Monitors courtroom events to identify potential security risks, breach of protocols, or special need situations. Maintain files and helps with record retention and filing of records.
Performs other duties as required.

Education and Experience
High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and three (3) years of clerical and/or financial training/experience beyond high school, including six (6) months in area of specialty OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job.

Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.
Successful completion of a keyboarding test (typing speed/accuracy) with a minimum of 35 net words per mintue.
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Experience in Collections, Legal Office and/or Government Accounting
Please note: This is an AFSCME Local 87 Master Contract Bargaining Unit position.

Equipment Operated
Computer, Calculator, Fax Machine, Copy Machine, Tape Recording Machine, Telephone, Small Office Equipment, Stapler, Hole Punch

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements
Duties are performed in an office setting and may involve exposure to potentially violent, hostile individuals. Positions in the class typically require: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, mobility, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Rated as Sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting, most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Unique Working Conditions That May Apply
Duties are performed in an office and/or court setting.
May involve exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals.
Confidentiality is a requirement.
The courtroom environment is unique.
Security issues, handling of exhibits, domestic violence issues and jury integrity are daily events.
Knowledge of (Upon Entry)
The legal system including legal terminology, court rules and procedures
Computers and word processing software
Roles and responsibilities of a Limited Jurisdiction Court, and other judicial system departments and agencies
Basic mathematics and accounting theories and principles
Grammar, spelling and punctuation
File maintenance techniques
Customer service techniques
Office practices and procedures
Data processing system and methods for input
Modern office procedures and customer service techniques
Skills and Abilities (Upon Entry)
Critical thinking sufficient to summarize and interpret Court rulings, written opinions and legal documents
Writing business correspondence, drafting documents and recording minutes
Reviewing and verifying accounting information and performing calculations
Counting money and making correct change
Organization, prioritization and time management
Communication of complex and/or sensitive information to a widely diverse population
Use of office equipment and computer equipment and software
Making responsible decisions in accordance with office policies and state statutes
Establishing effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies and the general public
Working effectively with constant interruptions
Communicating and expressing ideas effectively, orally and in writing.

Contact Person:
Location: Grandview, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $2902/month

Posted on September 16, 2019
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