Chief Deputy District Attorney

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Legal Services
  • Salary: $147,804.80 - $179,982.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Please Note: This is an at-will class under the direction of and serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Directs assigned division in the judicial functions of the District Attorney Office.
  • Makes divisional determinations regarding prosecution/preparation of cases for trial.
  • Directs staff in preliminary hearings, jury trials and various other judicial hearings.
  • Acts as a legal coordinator on laws affecting criminal prosecution, consumer fraud, family law and death penalty appeals.
  • May work with the Attorney General's office on death penalty appeals and petitions for writ of habeas corpus.
  • May try cases in the Superior and Appellate courts including death penalty cases.
  • Reviews prison packages and prior records of defendants for three-strike enhancement.
  • Directs divisional development of programs, procedures and policies.
  • Directs and administers the training and development of assigned staff.
  • May act for the District Attorney in their absence.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:

One (1) year of experience as a Supervising Deputy District Attorney with Merced County or its equivalent in other counties.
OR
Two (2) years of experience as a Deputy District Attorney IV with Merced County or its equivalent in other counties.
OR
Six (6) years of experience in the practice of law with two (2) years in a supervisory capacity over other attorneys.

Education:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited law school.

Licenses:

Active membership in the State bar of California.
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Effectively directs assigned division in the judicial functions of the District Attorney Office
  • Effective application of expert legal knowledge in assigned division law.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze information and data; interpret statutes, case law, policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Establish, implement and achieve goals and objectives.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination; Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:
  • Current divisional law legal principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, organization and management applicable to a public agency.
  • Trial and hearing procedures and of the rules of evidence.
  • The Penal Code of the State of California.


Ability to:
  • Plan, organize; coordinate and direct the work of staff to achieve efficiency of operation and meet departmental goals and objections.
  • Analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
  • Present law, facts, and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
  • Investigate, explain, and write reports on legal matters.
  • Evaluate the work of professional and non-professional subordinates.
  • Deal effectively and tactfully with the public.


ALLOWANCES
EXPENSE ALLOWANCE

$100 per month expense allowance.

HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

MANAGEMENT LEAVE

96 hours per Fiscal Year (prorated for the time remaining in the fiscal year).

VACATION
10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours). Optional annual sell back of a portion of accumulated vacation leave hours (maximum - 40 hours).

SICK LEAVE
.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS
Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE
Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE
HEALTH INSURANCE

County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

Management Disability Plan includes a comprehensive Short/Long Term Disability plan paid for by the County.

LIFE INSURANCE
$80,000 County-paid Management Life Insurance coverage. $5,000 County-paid Life Insurance coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT
DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHNEAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682.


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Please describe your training and experience as a manager? Please include the number of years you were a manager in a prosecutor's office or law office? Please also include the numbers of employees you supervised in each position.

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Please describe your experience in working with a digital case management system. If you are not familiar with a digital or online case management system, please so indicate.

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Please describe your experience handling complex criminal cases, including: murder, gang cases, domestic violence, sexual assault cases, child sexual assault, and human trafficking, among other complex cases.

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Please state the number of cases you have prosecuted through jury trial. Please also indicate how many of these trials were felony trials.

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Please describe why you would believe you are qualified to be a Chief Deputy District Attorney.

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