Contra Costa County, CA Richmond, California, United States
May 20, 2019Full Time
The Position The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is recruiting individuals to fill a District Attorney Case Preparation Assistant position located in Richmond. The individuals appointed to these positions will assist attorneys and investigators of the District Attorney's Office in case preparation activities and serve legal documents and subpoenas. Person(s) filling this position may be required to work in any or all types of communities and environments throughout the County. Use of personal insured vehicle for work assignments may be required at the discretion of the Office and reimbursement will be made according to County policy. Case Preparation Assistants may also be required to work with "Comfort Dogs" which are specially trained canines who work with victims and witnesses during very traumatic periods in the lives of such individuals. Case Preparation Assistants may need to attend trials and hearings when the dog is present in court with these victims and witnesses. Often the testimony occurs in the prosecutions of violent crimes, sexual assaults, child molestations, or other equally disturbing and horrific crimes. The ideal candidate will possess the following: Exhibits effective communication skills, both verbal and written Works well with others, often in stressful situations Possesses good knowledge of investigative techniques including the ability to locate victims, witnesses, and suspects many of whom are elusive and reluctant to appear in court Possesses a good knowledge of criminal law, general statutory law, and the laws of evidence as they pertain to employees of a District Attorney's Office Understands California's Discovery statutes and the rights of criminal defendants to receive copies of reports and recordings pertaining to their cases Exhibits an understanding of time management skills, the ability to multi-task, and the ability to prioritize time sensitive assignments Exhibits ethical behavior and has great integrity Has the ability to utilize and copy various forms of media including CD/DVD's, recordings in many formats, and to download telephone calls emanating from the county jail system Effectively prepares exhibits and displays to be introduced in court Is available to occasionally work nights and or weekends, often on short notice Spanish speaking Read the complete job description at www.cccounty.us/hr . The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months and may be used to fill future vacancies located throughout the County. TENTATIVE EXAM DATES Training and Experience Evaluation: Week of June 10, 2019 Typical Tasks Research the background of witnesses and defendants for investigative and case preparation activities by reviewing case files and accessing, obtaining, distributing, and using confidential criminal offender records information from restricted access computerized information systems, exclusively available to law enforcement personnel on a need to know and right to know basis Locate witnesses and victims and serve subpoenas and other legal documents for court and Grand Jury appearances on reluctant, hostile, hard to locate persons During all hours of the day and night, and as needed, coordinate assistance from other law enforcement agencies in areas requiring the need to exercise good judgment, caution, and diligence Complies with formal and informal discovery orders for records and evidence items maintained and stored in restricted access, law enforcement agency files and vaults Maintains the integrity, security, and chain of custody of case evidence Schedules witness and victim travel arrangements; transports witnesses to court appearances from residences, airports, and motels; prepares and coordinates transportation for incarcerated, disabled, and out of state witnesses and victims Contact witnesses and victims in person and/or by telephone to advise them of changes in transportation schedules and court appearance dates Assist attorneys and investigators by obtaining documents and information for court presentation from a variety of sources, including documentation from interviews of victims and witnesses Operate Digital Audio/Video recording equipment, photographic equipment and duplicate audio and video evidence Assist in preparing and displaying exhibits for courtroom presentation, which includes lifting, carrying, loading and/or unloading, and transporting evidence or bulky items Write reports, documents assigned investigative activities, maintains accurate records Testifies in court regarding investigative related activities When required, furnished and uses personal, insured, and reliable transportation for work assignments for which reimbursement will be made according to County Policy Minimum Qualifications License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process. Education: Successful completion of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university which included at least one course in the behavioral sciences such as Psychology, Sociology or Administration of Justice or a closely related field. Experience: Two years full-time experience or its equivalent performing background checks and investigations to locate people and/or serving various legal documents, including subpoenas. Substitution for Education: Two additional years of full-time or its equivalent qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education. Substitution for Experience: Successful completion of an additional 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience. Selection Process Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at www.cccounty.us/hr and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire . Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%) The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices. CONVICTION HISTORY After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. DISASTER SERVICE WORKER All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.