Tribal Youth Court Coordinator
The Intertribal Court of Southern California invites applications from qualified individuals interested in a full-time Tribal Youth Court Coordinator position. Under the direction of the Tribal Court Administrator, this at-will position has responsibility for the management and day-to-day duties related to the development and implementation of a healing-to-wellness-model youth peer court. This grant-funded position is primarily responsible for developing and overseeing individual youth who have been referred to the youth peer court by tribal or state agencies, or who have self-referred. The Tribal Youth Court Coordinator will develop and implement programs tailored to meet the needs of youth offenders and manage their individual cases for compliance with case plans. The Tribal Youth Court Coordinator will also perform a variety of court-support tasks including: (1) developing work methods and procedures; (2) directing communication and coordination with various tribal, state, and federal agencies as well as community partners; and (3) performing related work as required.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Processing referrals to Tribal Youth Court (TYC) and conducting intakes with youth and families
• Developing and implementing case treatment plans and arranging appointments for youth
• Referring youth to other agencies and resources as needed
• Managing case treatment plans to incorporate service plans from other agencies and resources and maintaining communication with such agencies and resources regarding service plans
• Preparing reports on case treatment plans and submitting to TYC
• Attending all TYC proceedings and reporting on progress and/or violations of case treatment plans to TYC
• Coordinating and participating in TYC proceedings and youth meetings and events, including weekends and evenings as needed
• Meeting with case treatment plan providers as needed to ensure compliance and success of youth
• Maintaining professional knowledge by participating in relevant education and training
• Assisting Tribal Court Administrator in grant compliance and reporting
• Performing other duties as assigned
Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to operate computers and office equipment, including typing at or above 40 words per minute and using Microsoft Office. A skills test will be required.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Professional communication and appearance appropriate for court and youth settings
• Ability to manage multiple case files and agency contacts
Education and Experience
Associate’s Degree in social work, criminal justice, sociology, or related field with a minimum of three (3) years working with youth programs. Equivalent education and experience will be considered. Preferred experience includes previous work with tribal governments, tribal youth, and court experience in the tribal, state, or federal system.
• Applicants may not have any felony convictions in the past ten (10) years
• Applicants must submit to a background investigation and drug/alcohol screening
• Applicants must possess a valid California driver’s license or possess a valid driver’s license in any of the United States and receive a California driver’s license within 60 days of being hired
• Applicants must be able to travel using a personal-owned vehicle
$19.23 per hour. This position is funded by a three-year grant from the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (grant number 2018-DC-BX-0001). Funding to sustain the position may be available following the end of the grant term. This position is eligible for employer-sponsored health care, paid time off, and 401(k) contributions.
Applications are currently being accepted and must be received by June 30, 2019. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and three (3) professional letters of reference to Joann Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Intertribal Court of Southern California
The Intertribal Court of Southern California got its start in 2002 when an association of Tribal Chairmen’s received a U.S. Department of Justice grant. The court began operation in August of 2006. Each tribe determines which kinds of cases it will authorize the court to hear. Currently the court hears a wide variety of cases, including peace and security code violations, environmental issues, conservator issues, contracts, tort claims, family law including ICWA, evictions, enrollment, exclusions, and more. The court hears all evictions for the All Mission Indian Housing Association (AMIHA) and handles cases for several tribes not formally part of the tribal court consortium on a case-by-case basis.
The overall purpose of the Intertribal Court of Southern California as it presently exists is focused on the fundamental principle of providing members of participating Tribes with a culturally sensitive Judicial Forum in which to present and resolve disputes. The ICSC is an Intertribal Court System that works on a "circuit type" basis, where tribal judges travel from one reservation to the next presiding over cases based on specific Tribes' law’s ordinances, customs, and history.
The ICSC is an "independent judiciary" within Indian Country. Its purpose is to preserver the integrity, autonomy and sovereignty, of the Native American communities it serves in a culturally sensitive and traditionally aware environment.
Tribes are in period of rapidly changing political times and economic growth. Tribal Councils are being called upon to do more than ever. While they have essentially served in part as quasi-judicial bodies, growth and pursuit of equality demand they enhance both rights of the People within Indian Country and provide them with an unbiased and independent method of disputes resolutions.
By signing the Intertribal Governing Agreement (IGA) and passing a tribal resolution, Tribes utilize the ICSC system and its related services. Under the IGA, independently appointed Tribal Judicial Council whose members are appointed by participating Tribes governs the ICSC. Each Tribe elects their own Council Member.