Position Description Exam #: 20/39D31/02JL
Application Filing Deadline: Open Until Filled
Priority Screening Date: March 22, 2020
The Office of the District Attorney is seeking to hire talented, ethical, public service minded attorneys motivated to seek justice, and promote public safety on behalf of the people of the County of Monterey and the State of California. The Office has headquarters at the Salinas Courthouse and a satellite office in Monterey. There are 53 Deputy District Attorneys. The Office is an approved MCLE provider and conducts regular in-house training.
The Office of the District Attorney is seeking to hire a Deputy District Attorney III or IV in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Deputy District Attorney IIIs and IVs manage a high volume of more difficult criminal and civil cases with minimal supervision. The positions in both Divisions require the ability to perform complex legal research, and to present complicated factual and legal issues clearly; both orally and in writing. The Criminal Division is subdivided into Felony Units, a Misdemeanor Prosecutions Unit and a Juvenile Unit. Some of the specialized positions in the Felony Unit include: Auto insurance fraud, child abuse, disability and healthcare insurance fraud, elder abuse, gangs, prison crime, sexual assault cases, and workers' compensation insurance fraud. The Civil Division handles all matters in consumer protection, environmental crimes, cannabis enforcement, real estate fraud, asset forfeiture, and weapon forfeiture.
The ideal candidate for the Criminal Division is an experienced litigator with a significant number of prior jury trials, or major white-collar crime prosecutions including all forms of insurance fraud and who has prior service in a District Attorney's Office, Attorney General's Office, Public Defender's Office, or other criminal defense litigation firm. The criminal prosecutors work in the Salinas office.
The ideal candidate for the Civil Division has extensive working knowledge and practical experience with California rules of civil procedure, law and motion, drafting of pleadings and discovery, including complaints, stipulated judgments, injunctions, and investigative subpoenas. Solid negotiation skills are a must. The ideal candidate will also have meaningful experience, whether in the public or private sector, handling cases under Business & Professions Code sections 17200 and 17500. The consumer and environmental protection prosecutors work in the Monterey office.
This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority in accordance with the Flexible Staffing Program and Guidelines.
The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis. All application material must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled. Examples of Duties
- Prepares and prosecutes criminal and civil cases by presenting opening statements, interrogating and cross-examining witnesses, introducing evidence, making relevant objections, arguing points of law, and presenting closing arguments.
- Researches questions of law and evidence and applies statutory and decisional case law, along with such other legal treatises as may be required, in the preparation of cases for hearing in court.
- Attends other scheduled court hearings such as arraignments, pretrial hearings and motions, sentencing and probation revocations, and forfeiture proceedings
- Prepares legal briefs, motions, memorandums of points and authorities, documents and pleadings.
- Interviews victims, police officers and witnesses.
- Marshals, reviews and prepares evidence for presentation in court, mediation or other resolution proceedings
- Determines nature and extent of prosecutions and negotiates the appropriate disposition of criminal cases without going to trial.
- Organizes facts and legal arguments and marshals witnesses in preparation for trial and other court proceedings; determines nature of follow-up investigations needed for trial or settlement.
- Evaluates requests for the issuance of criminal or civil complaints; analyzes evidence presented for sufficiency and determines if additional evidence is required.
- Advises the general public and law enforcement personnel on criminal and other matters affecting the health and safety of consumers.
- May be assigned to train and/or serve as lead worker over less experienced attorneys.
To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:
Pursuant to Section 6060 of the Business and Professionals Code, current, valid membership in the California State Bar is required by date of hire. KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:
In addition, a combination of experience, education and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Working Knowledge of:
- The duties, responsibilities, powers and limitations of the Office of the District Attorney.
- The ethical standards that apply to prosecutors and attorneys.
- The methods of legal research and writing.
- The rules of evidence.
Thorough Knowledge of:
- The principals of criminal and civil law, criminal procedure, and trial practice.
- Statutory, constitutional and decisional criminal laws of the State of California.
Skills and Abilities to:
- Use a computer.
- Gather and evaluate complex data and draw logical conclusions; evaluate facts and formulate an effective course of action.
- Read, interpret and apply the principles contained in statutes, published court decisions and other relevant legal precedent.
- Orally communicate complex information and concepts to persons of divergent socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; present persuasive arguments as an advocate in a clear and reasoned manner; and interrogate and cross examine witnesses in a courtroom.
- Write clearly and concisely.
- Organize large quantities of complex material in a logical manner for presentation in court.
- Effectively and logically present evidence in complicated criminal proceedings.
- Recognize and evaluate approaches to situations of a potentially sensitive nature.
- Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Independently manage increasingly difficult cases under general supervision.
- Think creatively; develop new methods, procedures or approaches to achieve desired results.
- Train and review the work of less experienced staff.
The required conditions of employment include but are not limited to:
- Successfully complete a thorough background investigation which will include a record of any criminal convictions.
- Respond to law enforcement requests for assistance when on-duty.
- Independently manage a heavy caseload, occasionally requiring extra hours of work.
- Rotate between the Salinas and Monterey courthouses.
Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "Unit E - Deputy District Attorneys" Benefit Summary Sheet, please visit our website or click HERE . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. NOTES:
Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES
Our website: www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel
Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Human Resources Department
Attn: Jovany Luna, Human Resources Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor Salinas, CA 93901
Email: LunaCorreaJ@co.monterey.ca.us | Phone: 831-755-5395
To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre- examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
All application materials must be received by the priority screen date of March 22, 2020, for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this priority screen date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled.
- A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
- Responses to the Supplemental Questions
Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the examination process. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5395.
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