Deputy District Attorney I

Recruitment #1302-000701-001

Introduction

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office is currently recruiting to fill one regular, full-time Deputy District Attorney I position.

In order to be considered, interested applicants must submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, a completed supplemental questionnaire, a detailed resume, a copy of their law school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and verification of CA State Bar licensure (CA State Bar number is sufficient). Those applicants who have recently passed the Bar exam and do not yet have a CA State Bar number may submit proof of passing the exam in lieu of proof of licensure.

The applicant's resume, law school transcripts, and verification of CA State Bar licensure may be may submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Department in any one or more of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to the online application
  • By e-mail to hrjobs@yolocounty.org
  • By fax to (530)666-8049
  • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All required documents must be received by the Human Resources Department by the final filing deadline of Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by 5pm. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Definition

Under close supervision, serves as a trial attorney in the prosecution of individuals; performs other related legal work as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the entry level into the Deputy District Attorney Series.  Persons appointed to this class are generally assigned routine misdemeanor cases, routine and non-controversial civil matters, and less difficult felony cases.

Essential Functions

  • Review, screen and evaluate misdemeanor cases;
  • Review, screen and evaluate felony cases;
  • Examine, evaluate and interpret evidence;
  • Prepare cases for hearings and  trials;
  • Present evidence in court proceedings;
  • Transport, quickly read, analyze and comprehend numerous files, including those related to complex cases, under tight deadlines, and in crowded and noisy conditions;
  • Interview victims and witnesses;
  • Confer with judge, defense attorney and others regarding modification, withdrawal, or change in charges;
  • Study and interpret laws, court decisions and other legal authorities;
  • Order investigations and subpoenas;
  • Bring misdemeanor and felony cases to trial and serve as prosecutor;
  • Assign cases and direct cases for investigations;
  • Operate a computer terminal to write and prepare pleadings, motions, briefs, legal arguments and other related legal correspondence;
  • Dictate briefs and other legal correspondence;
  • Interrogate witnesses

District Attorney - Civil

  • Review, screen and evaluate civil cases;
  • Examine, evaluate and interpret evidence;
  • Prepare cases for hearings and trials;
  • Present evidence in court proceedings;
  • Transport, quickly read, analyze and comprehend numerous files, including those related to complex cases, under tight deadlines, and in crowded and noisy conditions;
  • Interview victims and witnesses;
  • Confer with judge, defense attorney and others regarding modification, withdrawal, or change in civil action;
  • Study and interpret laws, court decisions and other legal authorities;
  • Order investigations and subpoenas;
  • Bring civil cases to trial and serve as prosecutor;
  • Assign cases and direct cases for investigations;
  • Operate a computer terminal to write and prepare pleadings, motions, briefs, legal arguments and other related legal correspondence;
  • Dictate briefs and other legal correspondence.

Some positions may require the performance of different essential or marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment or shift.

Employment Standards

Experience: No experience required.
Licensure:  Active membership in the State Bar of California.

License

Some positions in this classification may require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Knowledge & Ability

Knowledge of: legal principles and their application; criminal law and procedures; constitutional law and procedures; administrative law and procedures; rules of evidence; trial procedures; know duties and responsibilities and role of a prosecutor; legal research methods; appellate court proceedings; civil law and procedures; consumer fraud law and procedures.

Ability to: analyze, apply and present legal principles, facts, evidence and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form; deal effectively and tactfully with the general public and others contacted in the course of work; be alert to, identify, analyze and be sensitive to subtleties of verbal and nonverbal communication by clients, witnesses and others; prosecute individuals in adversarial proceedings including, but not limited to: preliminary hearings, violation of probation hearings, court trials, and jury trials; interview clients, victims and witnesses under crowded and noisy conditions; formally address judges, hearing officers and juries; quickly read, analyze and comprehend complex files and/or transcripts under crowded and noisy conditions and while in the process of participating in the prosecution or defense of individuals in judicial proceedings; transport many files from one courtroom to another, from one office to another, while climbing stairs and while under tight deadlines; reason logically; conduct work in dusty, dirty, confined and crowded environments; exercise sound judgment; work irregular hours; operate a computer terminal with sufficient proficiency to perform the duties of this job.

Environmental & Functional Factors

Incumbents in this classification are expected to work closely with others inside buildings and under stressful conditions; to lift and carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds; to move about; to sit for long periods of time.

Medical Class

Medical Class I:  This class includes administrative or clerical positions requiring light physical effort, which may include frequent lifting of up to ten pounds and occasional lifting of up to twenty-five pounds.  Ability to place or retrieve items at below waist level may be required.  Considerable moving about may be involved.

Benefits

Retirement:

  • CalPERS Retirement: 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members OR 2% @ 62 (Misc.) for all New Members of the CalPERS Retirement system. Yolo County pays a portion of the member contribution (approximately 7% of salary for Classic Members and 2.75% for New Members). Employees who are Cal PERS Classic Members in the miscellaneous category pay approximately 1% of salary toward retirement, and New Members in the miscellaneous category pay approximately 6.25% of salary toward retirement.
  • All Yolo County employees participate in Social Security and Medicare.

Health Benefits:

  • Yolo County offers 6 health plans (3 HMO’s and 3 PPO’s). Each employee receives a benefit package of $19,788 annually to purchase health, dental and vision insurance. Any remaining balance of the benefit package will be paid to the employee as taxable earnings. This amount is pro-rated for part-time employees.
  • All employees are required to enroll in our Delta Dental Plan. The current monthly premium is $88.00 and is deducted from the benefit package. Family members may be added at no additional cost.
  • All employees are required to enroll in our plan with Medical Eye Services of California. The current monthly premium is $9.92 and is deducted from the benefit package. Family members may be added at no additional cost.
  • The County provides a $25,000 life insurance policy.
  • County-provided short-term disability benefit of 75% of salary.
  • Employee Assistance Program available for up to 6 visits each fiscal year.

Leave Benefits:

  • 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • 80 hours of vacation time off per year and are eligible to use vacation after 13 pay periods of employment. The accrual rate increases to 120 hours after 3 years of employment.
  • Employees may purchase up to 96 hours of vacation each fiscal year after 3 years of employment. (Currently suspended during the 2012/13 furlough period)
  • 80 hours of administrative leave each fiscal year.
  • 32 hours of floating holiday time off each fiscal year.
  • 10.5 paid holidays each year.

Selection Plan

02/20/2013 Screen for Minimum Qualifications
02/21-02/22/13 Screen for Best Qualified Candidates
02/25/2013 Establish List
TBD Department Selection Interviews
TBD Check References
TBD Tentative Job Offer
TBD Background Check
TBD Drug/Alcohol/Fingerprint Screen
04/01/2013 Estimated start date

** All dates are tentative and subject to change**

Additional Required Materials

In order to be considered, interested applicants must submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, a completed supplemental questionnaire, a detailed resume, a copy of their law school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and verification of CA State Bar licensure (CA State Bar number is sufficient). Those applicants who have recently passed the Bar exam and do not yet have a CA State Bar number may submit proof of passing the exam in lieu of proof of licensure.

The applicant's resume, law school transcripts, and verification of CA State Bar licensure may be may submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Department in any one or more of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to the online application
  • By e-mail to hrjobs@yolocounty.org
  • By fax to (530)666-8049
  • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All required documents must be received by the Human Resources Department by the final filing deadline of Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by 5pm. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Contact Information

For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Jenny Brown by e-mail at jenny.brown@yolocounty.org or by phone at (530) 666-8328.

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