Court Magistrate

Marion County Court of Common Pleas

MARION COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

GENERAL DIVISION

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE:  MAGISTRATE

REPORTS TO:  JUDGE EDWARDS AND JUDGE WARNER

Purpose of Position and Essential Job Functions:

The purpose of this position is to assist the judges as may be needed in any and all matters coming before the court.

The specific duties of the magistrate will include but not be limited to the following:  preside over trials and hearings in civil cases; preside over hearings involving petitions for protection orders; preside over trials and hearings in cases involving preliminary injunctions; preside over matters involving administrative appeals; preside over arraignment hearings in criminal cases; perform legal research as may be necessary for the issuance of decisions; prepare written decisions incorporating findings of fact and conclusion of law; supervise and assign tasks to support staff concerning administrative duties including but not limited to docketing, continuances, and various other matters; complete any other duties requested or assigned by the judges; perform all of these duties in a timely manner which respects and accomplishes the effective administration of justice.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving the potential modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods in order to meet unique or unusual conditions, all within the context of already-existing organizational theories and management principles;
  • Ability to function in a director capacity within a major organizational unit which requires significant internal and external interaction;
  • Ability to provide formal instruction through explanation, demonstration, and/or examination in a structured setting;
  • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions;
  • Ability to utilize consulting and advisory data and information, as well as reference, descriptive, and/or design data and information as may be applicable;
  • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions;
  • Ability to compute interest, discounts, and ratios, which may include the ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures;
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions to deal with several concrete and abstract variables and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units;
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization;
  • Ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.

Physical Demands:

  • Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, stooping, reaching with hands/arms and writing;
  • Visual ability sufficient to operate equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor;
  • At least Four (4) years of legal experience as a practicing attorney;
  • Must possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of Ohio and be in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In addition to the Essential Job Functions and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities identified above, the following competencies are considered during the hiring process and are integral to remaining in the position:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Possesses, acquires, and maintains the technical and professional expertise required to do the job effectively and to create solutions; attends and completes ongoing legal education/continuing judicial education. Technical and professional expertise is demonstrated through problem solving, applying professional judgment, and competent performance.

Decision Making/Problem Solving:  Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions in a timely manner; compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences; applies both rational and creative processes to identify unknown root causes of problems; based on the situation, decides the best course of action, implements the solution, and follows up to see how it’s working; calculates and evaluates the long-term consequences of all decisions.

Stress Tolerance:  Maintains effective performance under pressure, handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization; stays calm and even-tempered even when handling crises, stressful situations, continuous change, or unexpected developments; is able to recover from difficult situations; is seen as a settling influence in a crisis.

Teamwork:  Works effectively in a team environment to accomplish organizational goals; builds constructive working relationships with interested stakeholders to identify and meet mutual goals and objectives; participates as an active and contributing member of teams with a focus on improving offender outcomes and department goals; shares information as appropriate and shares credit for team accomplishments; helps create and maintain strong morale and a feeling of belonging in his/her team; acts as if “true success” is the success of the whole team.

Conflict Management:  Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to reduce tension and/or conflict between two or more people; able to size up situations quickly; able to identify common interests; able to facilitate resolution; steps up to conflicts and sees them as opportunities; finds common ground and achieves cooperation without disruption to work flows or interpersonal relationships. 

Cultural Competence:  Values an inclusive organization where the differences of all people are respected, valued and utilized towards achieving common goals; respects and relates well to people from varied backgrounds, understands diverse worldviews, and is sensitive to group differences; sees diversity as an opportunity; respectfully challenges bias and intolerance; supports equal and fair treatment.

Communication:  Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the listener, helping them to understand and retain the message and inviting response and feedback; keeps others informed as appropriate; emonstrates effective written, verbal and listening skills.

Collaboration:  Develops and maintains effective working relationships with coworkers and stakeholders through the use of strong interpersonal skills to meet mutual goals and objectives; obtains cooperation from others; seeks and encourages win-win alternatives.

Influence:  Uses appropriate interpersonal skills and techniques to gain support and acceptance for ideas or solutions; uses influencing strategies to gain mutually beneficial agreements; seeks to persuade rather than force solutions or impose decisions or regulations; recognizes personal autonomy of others.

Dependability and Reliability:  Personally responsible; completes work in a timely, consistent manner; committed to being available during business hours to further organizational goals; demonstrates regular and punctual attendance; arrives prepared for work; committed to doing the best job possible; diligently follows through on commitments and consistently meets deadlines.

Compensation: This is a salaried position. Compensation will be negotiable and based upon experience and qualification.

Submit Resumes to Judge Warren T. Edwards
Marion County Court of Common Pleas Courtroom 2
100 N. Main Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
or electronically to jhoffman@co.marion.oh.us

The Common Pleas Court of Marion County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Court will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.

To apply for this job email your details to jhoffman@co.marion.oh.us