Financial Screener

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Financial Screener

Portland , Maine , United States | Administrative & Office Support | Full-time Apply by: Jan. 15, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Financial Screener


CLASS CODE:5340 PAY GRADE:18 – $16.75 – $22.42/hour

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: December 2, 2021

CLOSES: January 15, 2022


The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services has a current vacancy in Portland.


This is paraprofessional support services work assisting the court in identifying and processing applicants eligible for indigent legal services. Responsibilities include screening applicants and verifying financial information to determine eligibility for indigent legal services and making recommendations to the court. Work is performed under general supervision.


+ Reviews and identifies written disclosures of financial information in order to determine an applicant’s financial status.

+ Interviews defendants at court locations and correctional facilities, and possibly by video, in order to verify completeness and accuracy of application.

+ Makes recommendations to the court regarding a defendant’s eligibility for assignment of counsel based on established guidelines.

+ Recommends a payment schedule for reimbursement of assigned counsel fees and costs in order to recover funds for the State according to established guidelines

+ Maintains a record system for tracking reimbursements of funds expended for assigned counsel.

+ Gathers and compiles information for reports and records in order to ensure accuracy and completeness.

+ Facilitates the collection of reimbursements through written notices and telephone follow up.

+ Tracks non-payment of reimbursements and regularly report persistent failure to pay to the court for collection enforcement.

+ Investigates and verifies financial information submitted with requests for assigned counsel in order to ensure established guidelines are being followed.

+ Works independently at court locations and cooperates effectively with court personnel.

+ Transmits reports of collection activities to the central office in Augusta.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

+ Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, paperwork, terminology and core operations.

+ Knowledge of records management.

+ Knowledge of interviewing and investigation techniques.

+ Ability to stay current, understand, discuss, explain, and apply applicable rules, regulations, procedures and policies.

+ Ability to gather and analyze information and make sound recommendations.

+ Ability to deal effectively with people of various social and economic backgrounds.

+ Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

+ Ability to communicate effectively.

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively.

+ Ability to use applicable computer programs.

+ Ability to work independently.

+ Ability to testify in court.

+ Ability to establish effective working relationships.

QUALIFICATIONS:(Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

A four-year combination of education, training, and/or experience with interviewing, methods of research, data analysis, and interpretation of data skills.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:(These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

To have or apply for a Notary Public commission and maintain that commission.


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC199021671

Posted On: Dec 04, 2021

Updated On: Jan 18, 2022