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Title:  Child Support Paralegal

Application Deadline Date:  02/08/2023
Req ID:  46060
Department:  Children and Families

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


The OCS paralegal role includes specialized professional work at a paralegal level involving legal research, case and document preparation, case presentation before a Magistrate of the Superior Court Family Division system, general caseload responsibilities and legal and technical assistance to workers in the child support services system for the Office of Child Support. In this role, impartiality, equity, empathy, and procedural justice are key. Furthermore, Child support law is challenging and ever-changing. It requires adaptability, openness, and flexibility.

Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of the Child Support Paralegal Supervisor, Regional Supervisor, or supervising attorney.

Who May Apply

This position, Child Support Paralegal (Job Requisition #46060), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in office, field and courtroom settings. Travel is required for which private means of transportation must be available. Some evening hours or overtime may be required. Must be able to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and deal tactfully with the public in emotionally charged circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years or more at or above technical level in investigatory, analytical, research or paralegal duties.




Graduation from an accredited program in paralegal studies or 30 college credits in legal or paralegal studies AND one (1) year or more at or above technical level in investigatory, analytical, research or paralegal duties.




Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree OR one (1) year or more of experience as Paralegal I OR three (3) years or more of experience as a Child Support Specialist II.




Two years of full-time college coursework OR an associate's degree AND five (5) years or more at or above technical level in investigatory, analytical, research or paralegal duties.




High School diploma or equivalent AND seven (7) years or more at or above technical level in investigatory, analytical, research or paralegal duties.

Special Requirements

Note: All incumbents must successfully complete the OCS training curriculum within six months of hire, which includes passing the written Case Presenter's Exam.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont