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Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) Job Openings

I applied to the open department position in Sacramento, Cal cocolawyer12/29/16
Nothing to add except don't let the attorneys in my State's thirdtierlaw12/29/16
Well I was a bit selfish. I only posted on here after the cl cocolawyer12/29/16
Good luck!! But damn those California state gov gigs really theasianguy12/29/16
Did you apply for a job with the State of California, with t passportfan312/29/16
Its the County of Sacramento. Its the dream job. DCSS is all cocolawyer12/29/16
Think the experience will go a long way. I got my start in mtobeinf12/29/16
I am hoping it does. I have handled 100's of child support r cocolawyer12/29/16
One other thing to worry about when you are applying for a m passportfan312/29/16
yeah that is my big concern. cocolawyer12/29/16
so this child support job is credited? Have a similar agency tom_foolery12/30/16
Good luck! mtbislife12/30/16
Update: I just got an email from the department ranking me. cocolawyer01/05/17
Nice dude! Time to drop some family law knowledge on these c mtobeinf01/05/17
Serious question: Does speaking Spanish help an applicant? T jabberwocky01/05/17
Without a doubt. mtobeinf01/05/17
Yes if you get to the interview process. It is not something cocolawyer01/06/17
cocolawyer (Dec 29, 2016 - 1:01 pm)

I applied to the open department position in Sacramento, California. I meet all qualifications, and have a veterans preference. The starting pay is $9,200.00 per month. I am not sure how long it will be until I hear back from them.

I feel like this is my last hope of getting out of the suicide ride of private practice family law. Does anyone have any experience with applying for the department.

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thirdtierlaw (Dec 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm)

Nothing to add except don't let the attorneys in my State's office of child support see how much they're offering, they'd be on the first plane out to California. The Attorney 1 position for the office of child support starts at ~$48,000, the top level position Attorney III where you are supervising 4-6 attorneys maxes out at ~$87,000 and that is around year 20.

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cocolawyer (Dec 29, 2016 - 1:11 pm)

Well I was a bit selfish. I only posted on here after the closing date for submissions (which was yesterday). The top pay for the department in Sacramento is 160k per year.

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theasianguy (Dec 29, 2016 - 1:35 pm)

Good luck!! But damn those California state gov gigs really pay a lot... I shall study for Cali bar and move out...

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passportfan3 (Dec 29, 2016 - 2:50 pm)

Did you apply for a job with the State of California, with the County of Sacramento, or with the City of Sacramento?

My vague notion is that, in terms of total compensation in California, state attorney jobs pay decently but some of the county and city jobs pay more.

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cocolawyer (Dec 29, 2016 - 2:57 pm)

Its the County of Sacramento. Its the dream job. DCSS is all extremely easy repetitive work. No billable hours, and your court time is so simplistic a high school kid can do it. You work 9-5, all court holidays off, 2 weeks paid vacation, great health benefits, a pension, thrift savings plan...it literally is the dream.

Only problem is everyone knows its the dream job. They literally get like 500 applications. First time I applied two years ago I was number 5 on the list. This time I am hoping with additional awards, experience etc., plus the vet preference that I will get the job. If not I might apply for the DCSS gig in Placer county but the pay is a lot less.

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mtobeinf (Dec 29, 2016 - 3:20 pm)

Think the experience will go a long way. I got my start in Court doing the inter-state child support matters for the County while in law school. Proudest moment was arguing on appeal against the denial of adult support for a clearly, very autistic young man. Won that one for him against a guy with 30 years in. Easy gig. With all you know from actually practicing family law, along with the vet preference, you have a really good shot. Hit that experience hard. And let's be honest, who's really against kids receiving the actual support $ they're entitled (aside from the deadbeat that doesn't want to pay it or the extortionist that wants to live off it).

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cocolawyer (Dec 29, 2016 - 4:04 pm)

I am hoping it does. I have handled 100's of child support related cases. I know the current DCS workers on a first name basis. I have only done one adult child support case for a clearly mentally retarded (sorry medical term ...still sounds screwed) 19 year old girl, whose dad (making 200k per year) who hadn't seen his daughter in 6 years, didn't want to give a cent to her. The judge was unamused.

I am just hoping that I am not passed over for some friend or family member that works at the department or county.

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passportfan3 (Dec 29, 2016 - 5:45 pm)

One other thing to worry about when you are applying for a mid-level government job:

When you are applying from outside, it is difficult to determine if the position is actually open or if it will be used to promote an internal candidate.

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cocolawyer (Dec 29, 2016 - 5:55 pm)

yeah that is my big concern.

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tom_foolery (Dec 30, 2016 - 12:55 pm)

so this child support job is credited? Have a similar agency in my state that I want to apply to. Even though the scope of practice is narrow and is probably boring, will it be worth it for 9-5, plenty of vacation, easy court appearances, mid 70's salary with yearly or so raises, and state benefits/pension?

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mtbislife (Dec 30, 2016 - 12:58 pm)

Good luck!

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cocolawyer (Jan 5, 2017 - 5:29 pm)

Update: I just got an email from the department ranking me. My rank is #1!! Now time to wow them during the interview process.

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mtobeinf (Jan 5, 2017 - 6:06 pm)

Nice dude! Time to drop some family law knowledge on these cali cats. Preferably in English. I know that's almost a second language out your way. Lols.

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jabberwocky (Jan 5, 2017 - 9:27 pm)

Serious question: Does speaking Spanish help an applicant? The law and court proceedings are all in English, but would the DCSS (or any other agency with a large Spanish-speaking demographic) give that any material weight?

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mtobeinf (Jan 5, 2017 - 9:33 pm)

Without a doubt.

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cocolawyer (Jan 6, 2017 - 2:46 pm)

Yes if you get to the interview process. It is not something that gets scored when ranking but definitely will help separate you during interviews. For instance I scored a 95. If you scored a 93, and we were both interviewed you may be able to separate yourself by your foreign language skills. Being a veteran also helps.

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