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Financial Screener

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

Job Description

Financial Screener

Lewiston , Maine , United States | Administrative & Office Support | Full-time Apply by: Feb. 11, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Financial Screener

Lewiston

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

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: January 14, 2022

CLOSES: February 11, 2022

PURPOSE OF ANNOUNCEMENT:

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

JOB DESCRIPTION:

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.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS.

+ 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.

BENEFITS:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements .

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes13.16 % of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office .

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave . Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-employees/rules-policies/policy-practices-manual/Employee-Rights-and-Responsibilities-Federal) .

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .

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: JC202234765

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022

Updated On: Feb 16, 2022