Chief Deputy Public Guardian

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Public Safety
  • Salary: $8,240.27 - $10,020.40 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, organize, prioritize and direct the work of department staff.
  • Analyze staffing and work flow, and adjust procedures as needed to maximize resource utilization.
  • Act for the Public Guardian/Conservator on matters pertaining to the Public Guardian/Conservator/Administrator's Office.
  • Sign as the authority on various documents such as deeds, contracts, and court documents.
  • Supervise and participate in the operations of the Public Guardian/Conservator's/ Administrator's Office
  • Investigate the financial, social, and medical background of persons referred for guardianship or conservatorship.
  • Determine appropriateness of guardianship or conservatorship under applicable laws.
  • Prepare reports, provisions of testimony, and make recommendations to the court regarding guardianship or conservatorship referrals.
  • Develop financial plans for daily and monthly maintenance needs of conservatees, authorize payment of bills, arrange for housing, medical care, nursing care, food and other basic needs.
  • Confer and coordinate with health care, social service, and legal agencies regarding care of clients.
  • Supervise and participate in locating, securing and inventorying all real and personal property of conservatees.
  • Supervise and participate in the maintenance of accurate records on all assets and liabilities of each conservatee.
  • Secure financial resources for conservatees including arrangements for the purchase or disposal of personal and/or real property.
  • Apply for SSI, Social Security, Medicare, or other benefits which may include locating and applying for private or government pensions, etc.
  • Supervise and participate in monitoring the physical, emotional and fiscal well-being of conservatees.
  • Review financial accountings, records and transactions to ensure appropriate expenditure of conservatee funds, for the benefit of the conservatee including arranging for professional financial management of large estates and obtaining court authorization to liquidate holdings such as stocks, bonds and other instruments as needed.
  • Visit conservatee by phone and in person to ascertain the appropriateness and adequacy of housing, meals, health care and related matters.
  • Supervise and participate in the management of real and personal property of conservatees.
  • Ensure the policies and procedures related to the system of internal checks and balances are fully implemented.
  • Monitor staff for compliance through quality assurance reviews.
  • Participate in the planning, development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Develop short and long range goals and objectives for the department.
  • Develop automated and other systems to promote efficiency of effort and accuracy of information.
  • Interpret, and ensure compliance with, policies, regulations and laws pertaining to guardianship/conservatorship.
  • Participate in preparing and monitoring the departmental budget.
  • Prepare case documentation, correspondence, reports, legal documents, forms and related paperwork as necessary, and maintain case logs and activity updates.
  • Oversee the safekeeping of case records and files.
  • Participate in conferences, seminars or special training programs.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
OPTION 1

Experience:
Two (2) years as a Supervising Deputy Public Guardian in Merced County.

OR

OPTION 2

Experience:
Five (5) years of paid experience performing social casework, probate, criminal or civil investigations or experience managing personal finances for clients, including two years as a conservator for multiple clients.

and

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in social or behavioral sciences or closely related field.

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's license.

Certified through the California State Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians, and Public Conservators within four (4) years of appointment under the standards and certification requirements set forth by the PAPGPC and maintain certification while employed in the Public Guardian/Conservator Office.

POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B.
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment, including repetitive hand and arm motions.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Make administrative decisions in the area of Public Guardian/Public Conservator/Public Administrator.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Frequently sit for extended periods.
  • Occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting - frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds.
  • Good overall vision and reading/close-up work.
  • Train, evaluate, and supervise staff.
  • Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person.
  • Frequent public contact; occasional public speaking.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death.
  • May require working weekends/nights and occasionally working alone and in the field.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of supervision and training.
  • The California State Mental Health Act (Bronzon-McCorquodale Act).
  • Applicable provision of the Probate Code and the Welfare and Institutions Code.
  • Pertinent laws, regulations and ordinances governing conservatorship and sub payees.
  • General financial management and record keeping principles.
  • Basic psychological and physiological disorders.
  • Common medical and social problems associated with disabled or incompetent persons.
  • Basic principles of social casework.
  • Medical and social service programs.
  • Court procedures relative to conservatorship, guardianship and substitute payee functions.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of estate administration and management, including legal requirements.

Ability to:

  • Understand, interpret and apply complex laws and regulations including the Probate Code, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, and the Welfare and Institutions Code.
  • Establish and maintain accurate financial and casework records.
  • Analyze and evaluate legal and medical information.
  • Draw logical conclusions and make appropriate decisions.
  • Work closely with gravely disabled and disoriented people.
  • Accept and use consultative supervision related to client care.
  • Elicit medical, personal, and financial information from psychiatric patients, their families and friends.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES
MANAGEMENT LEAVE


May receive, depending upon classification, 96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled consecutive work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE
HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE


Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County.

LIFE INSURANCE

$50,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT
DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.


For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682.


Job Address

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