• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Aug 19, 2019
Variable Shift Legal Services
  • Salary: $23.91 - $25.12 Hourly

Job Description



Kitsap County Juvenile and Family Services is seeking an on-call Custody Investigator to performfamily investigative work for the SuperiorCourt.

If you have experience conducting investigations, writing investigation case reports, working with families while settingappropriate boundaries and working as part of a team whostrives to reach forthe best possible outcomes for children and families that live in Kitsap County, we want you to apply!

Position Overview
This position performs specialized family investigative work for the Superior Court. Investigators are appointed by the Superior Court and are expected to apply specialized knowledge and skills and use independent judgment and initiative to plan, organize and conduct a time-sensitive custody investigation.

The Custody Investigator generally works independently and is generally discharged by the Superior Court following a hearing upon their written report and recommendation. Supervision usually consists of a statement of desired objectives, discussion of unusual problems and review of results obtained.

We are looking for anindividual who has previous experienceas a Guardian Ad Litem or CASA workeror investigating child custody related cases in a law enforcement or social services setting. The ideal candidate will have the ability to be flexible with their scheduling commitments, as the number ofcasesfluctuate from month to month. The candidate we are looking for will be committed to obtaining factual information regarding their assigned case andkeeping thechildren's best interest at the forefront.


Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice, social science, health science or behavioral science or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education or equivalent; AND
  • Experience as a Guardian Ad Litem/CASA worker; OR
  • Four(4)years of specifically related child custody/child welfare investigative experience in law enforcement and/or social services work.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • One year ofexperience as a Guardian Ad Litem/CASA worker.
Criminal Conviction Standards
  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, whichwill include fingerprinting.
    • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Pass a criminal history background check, with fingerprinting,through law enforcement agencies.
  • Once a conditionaloffer of employmenthas been madeto the successful candidate, they will be required to pass both apsychological examination and polygraph prior to final offer of employment being extended.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate must:
  • Be able to fulfill all traveling requirements of this position and meet the qualifications and guidelines of the Fleet Risk Control Policies in the operation of a motor vehicle on County business.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • The principles, practices and techniques of effective investigation.
  • Applicable laws and regulations and Superior Court procedures.
  • Conflict resolution principles and techniques.
  • Interviewing techniques and practices as they relate to both adults and children.
  • Indications and signs of sexual and/or physical abuse of children.
  • Indications and signs of drug and alcohol abuse and/or mental health issues.
  • Family systems and family dynamics.
  • Available state, local and community resources.
  • Modern office practices and procedures including Standard English usage and legal terminology used in report writing.

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • Work is performed in multiple environments including, but not limited to, office, courtroom, schools, community, private homes, and work locations of involved parties.
  • Visual acuity when conducting investigations.
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone
Incumbents may be:
  • Exposed to physical hazards when dealing in highly emotional and stressful situations with potentially volatile or violent individuals or when visiting private locations.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions:
  • Plan, organize and initiate a child custody investigation upon receiving appointment to the case by the Superior Court.
  • Determine steps to be taken to gather all relevant information and prepare a written recommendation to the Court within limited time frames, typically 5-7 weeks.
  • Utilize appropriate techniques to effectively interview parents, children and other parties (such as social service agency workers) to gather factual information related to the custody case assigned.
  • Observe child and parent behavior, home conditions and other evidence.
  • Seek and gather information from various sources readily available.
  • Analyze collected information to reach a conclusion as to actual circumstances which are or would be in the child(ren)'s best interest.
  • Work within and has knowledge of the applicable sections of the Washington State Law.
  • Make notations in case files of all investigatory steps taken to document facts gathered in support of recommendations made to the Superior Court.
  • Prepare a written investigation case report and submit a recommendation to the Superior Court Judge regarding issues of visitation, temporary and/or permanent placement of the child(ren), as well as other general recommendations in the best interests of the child(ren)


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is covered by the Kitsap County Extra Help Policy
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill an existing open position, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Work hours for this positionvary by appointed case.
This on-call position is open until filled. Weekly screenings will begin the week of 8/26/19.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous