This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Includes the following Courts: Brockton and Norfolk County.
All candidates must be able to travel among the offices and sessions within the division and are subject to assignment and/or reassignment at any time to any of the offices or sessions of the division at the discretion of the department head.
This position is designated as management position and is covered by the Trial Court Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.
The Trial Court is committed to:
• the fair and impartial administration of justice;
• protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
• equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment;
• efficient, effective and accountable resolution of disputes;
• prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professional
utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.
The Housing Court’s mission is to adjudicate all matters presented by litigants within its jurisdiction regarding housing in a fair, efficient, and timely manner according to the rule of law and the facts presented. In accordance with this mission, the Housing Court, through its operating philosophy and business practices, strives to present a citizen oriented process to maximize access to justice for all such litigants. All members of the Housing Court are committed to this mission and process to fulfill our role within the judicial branch.
The Chief Housing Specialist, working within a division of the Housing Court Department, performs administrative duties as set forth in state statutes, court rules and policies. Responsibilities include the supervision of all other specialists; the assigning and scheduling of cases; reviewing reports for conformity with policies and procedures; conducting training sessions to update staff as to changes in housing regulations and statutes; resolving staffing problems; and providing technical advice. Other duties include working with the First Justice and the Clerk Magistrate of the Division as a management team to implement Department and Trial Court policies in the Division; gathering information necessary to mediate and conciliate complaints before the Housing Court; investigate complaints, perform site visits to observe and inspect conditions, perform mediation services and make recommendations to the court.
Receives general direction from the First Justice and guidance from the Clerk Magistrate of the Division in performing duties which require considerable judgment and latitude in developing methods for efficient administration and performance of the department.
Supervises the Housing Specialists within a Housing Court Division;
Screens and interviews potential applicants for the position of Housing Specialist;
Conducts any necessary Housing Specialist training;
Reviews the work and professional development of supervised staff, regularly meeting with employees and conducting annual performance evaluations;
Assists the court leadership in establishing session or satellite locations, including developing policies and procedures and overseeing the operation of those locations;
Mediates standard to complex cases between litigants, drafts agreements and makes recommendations to the court;
Works with state, federal and community organizations that deal with housing issues;
Performs inspections of properties as directed by the court;
Monitors receiverships as appointed by the court;
Provides procedural advice to all parties concerning court procedures;
Prepares any necessary probation records in criminal cases;
Accesses court records in the case management system; and
Performs all related duties as required;
All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to prove proficiency in the following competencies:
Ethics and Values
Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Trial Court.
Mission and Vision
Understands, upholds, and communicates the stated organizational mission and vision of the Trial Court and Housing Court Department.
Understands the need for professional development and is willing to adapt and advance professionally.
Team Building (Motivating Others)
Fosters a sense of shared goals and accountabilities through the development of positive relationships in order to promote a healthy and productive work environment.
Demonstrates flexibility and openness to modifications and adaptations suitable to the situation when working with others;
Strategic Thinking and Planning
Utilizes the best available information to successfully achieve positive future outcomes on a departmental and local level.
Understands the value and importance of performance measures as a basis for both individual and departmental assessments.
Understands the appropriate use of advocacy and persuasion in order to effectuate positive change and growth.
Commitment to Diversity
Promotes an environment of cross cultural awareness and diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Is committed to and actively works to continuously improve him/herself.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Chief Housing Specialist:
Advanced knowledge of the following housing matters: maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of dwelling units; building, sanitary and housing codes, federal and state laws, rules and regulations pertaining to dwelling units, and the types of funds and services available to assist landlords and tenants in their problems regarding dwelling units
For Internal Trial Court Employee Applicants:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 6 or more years of relevant work experience, including supervisory and/or courtroom experience within a Trial Court Division or an equivalent office; Note: A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration or a similar field of study may satisfy (3) three of the (6) six years of required relevant work experience;
Internal candidates who were employed by the Trial Court as of July 1, 2012 or earlier and have acquired the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 10 or more years of relevant work experience as described above are also eligible for consideration in lieu of satisfying other stated degree requirements;
For External Applicants:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field; and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through 6 or more years of relevant work experience as described above; Note: A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration or a similar field of study may satisfy (3) three of the (6) six years of required relevant work experience;
Other General Requirements:
Satisfactory completion of the Housing Court alternative dispute resolution training program when offered by the Trial Court;
Ability to diagnose problems, mediate disputes and offer solutions in cases before the court;
Working knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and related office software to develop data bases and use automated systems;
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with the court, attorneys and the general public;
Ability to supervise and direct the work of others;
Ability to travel within the Commonwealth;
Must have a background that demonstrates a history of regular professional development; and
Ability to plan, schedule, direct and coordinate work.
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
If you are not currently viewing this posting online, please visit the Judicial Court Jobs website at www.mass.gov/courts to apply for this position or any other Trial Court employment opportunity.
No applications or resumes will be accepted by hand, mail, fax, or email delivery.
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