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Job Title:Family Court Mediator

Agency:District of Columbia Courts

Hiring Organization:District of Columbia Courts

Job Announcement Number:10-12-074

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Washington, District Of ColumbiaView Map


US Citizens and Non-Citizens


Read the announcement carefully and note if any ranking factors will need a response. Describe experience, education or training which indicates your level of qualification for each factor.  You must submit with your application, your responses to the supplemental ranking factors, on which you must describe experience, education and/or training that indicates your level of qualification for each factor (you may attach description responses on additional paper if required).

Please submit District of Columbia Courts' application, documentation of education, and answers to the suppleental ranking factors to: District of Columbia Courts, Human Resources Division 500 Indiana Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. You can also fax it to 202-879-4212. In addition, applications and accompanying documents can now be attached to an email and sent to

DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal retirement and benefits.

The District of Columbia Courts, comprised of the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and theCourt System constitute the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the highest court of the District ofColumbia. The Superior Court of the District of Columbia is the court ofgeneral jurisdiction over virtually all local legal matters, includingcriminal, civil, family, probate, tax and traffic. The administrative supportfunctions comprise the Court System.

The goals of the District of Columbia Courts are to provide fair, swift, andaccessible justice; enhance public safety; and promote trust and confidence inthe justice system.



  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.


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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The incumbent, assigned to Family Court, will mediate matters administered by the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. Incumbent will mediate the settlement of Domestic Relations and Child Protection cases, including such issues as custody, visitation, child and spousal support, property, and, in neglect matters, treatment plan and adjudication issues.  Incumbent will schedule and manage mediation cases, draft mediated agreements, evaluate mediators, and participate in the design and delivery of mediator training. Incumbent also will prepare and submit periodic case management reports.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, plus specific mediation training (at least one 40-hour mediation course) and at least four (4) years of experience mediating domestic relations and/or child protection cases. Acceptable experience includes mediation provided to families through court-based Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs, community mediation centers, government agencies, or private practice.  Documentation of education (copy of HS diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or college transcript or degree) and 40-hour mediation course certificate must be submitted with your application or your application will not be considered.  Relevant education may include law, social work, counseling, psychology or related social science disciplines.  Please submit a copy of your most recent performance evaluation, if available, with your application.

To qualify based on education, submit copy of transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. Submit proof of your education with a transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

SUPPLEMENTAL RANKING FACTORS: The following factors will be used to rate your qualifications for these positions.  Please describe all experience, training and education that apply to each factor.  Failure to respond to the ranking factors disqualifies candidates from further consideration.


1.   Mediation trainings completed (description of the training content, number of hours, and trainers) related to domestic relations (family) mediation and child protection (dependency) mediation.

2.      Mediation experience (a description of the types and numbers of cases mediated, issues involved, and any mentoring, evaluation received and provided).

3.     Knowledge of and experience working with high-risk families in the field of child welfare and other family related services.

4.   Training experience designing and/or delivering presentations on mediation skills for family or child protection (dependency) mediators. 


SELECTION PROCESS: After a review of applications and ranking factors, interviews and participation in a mediation role-play will be required of the highest qualified candidates.  Selecting officials will conduct reference checks and may consider all appropriate performance information before making a final selection.

Submit D.C. Courts Application and Ranking Factor Responses:

Mail to D.C. Courts, Human Resources Division, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001; Hand-deliver to D.C. Courts, HR Division, Gallery Place (7th Street, NW between H & F Streets), Sixth Floor; Or to email send to

For a court application, call (202) 879-0496, Fax (202) 879-4212 or visit our website at


After a review of applications and ranking factors, interviews or further screening may be required of highest qualified candidates.  Selecting official will conduct reference checks and may consider corrective action files and performance appraisals before making a final selection.


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The District of Columbia Courts consists of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System, constitutes the judicial branch of the District of Columbia and are separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches.

We are an independent agency and we do not report to the City Mayor or the Council. Our appropriation comes directly from Congress. For our benefits, non judicial employees are considered federal employees in the following programs:  Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

Here is the link to the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) website:

The above link will have information online on the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental & Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Retirement Program
  • Designations of Beneficiary

The DC Courts has their own Human Resources Division and has their own policies and procedures. Here is information about leave policy:

Annual Leave is used for vacations, rest and relaxation, and personal business or emergencies. New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2 week pay period. When you have 3 years of service this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks, and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks. Most military service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 30 days of annual leave into the next leave year.

Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks. You can accrue this leave without limit.
We are closed on all federal holidays and we have two additional holidays: DC Emancipation Day, April 16th and Employee Appreciation Day (Friday after Thanksgiving Day). Employee Appreciation Day is approved by our Executive Officer on a year by year basis.
In addition to the federal plans, we offer our employees supplemental vision and dental plans. Also, we have 26 pay periods in the year.  If you choose to use Metro, we offer commuter transit benefit subsidy to a maximum of $120 a month.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.



This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.


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Submit D.C. Courts Application,Ranking Factor Responses and proof of education mail to D.C. Courts, Human Resources Division, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001; Hand-deliver to D.C. Courts, HR Division, Gallery Place (7th Street, NW between H & F Streets), Sixth Floor, Email to Fax to (202) 879-4212 or visit our website at For further information call (202) 879-0496.


  • District of Columbia Courts Employment Application Form
  • Answers to the Supplemental Ranking Factors
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of HS diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or College transcript or degree)


Octave Ellis
Phone: 202-879-0496
Fax: 202-879-4212
Agency Information:
District of Columbia Courts
500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-879-4212


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 to 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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