Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Interviews witnesses and analyzes/evaluates evidence while preparing cases for trial under criminal law.

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Deputy District Attorney I/ii/iii

Ventura County
Full Time 80 per week Ventura County District Atty, 800 S Victoria Ave # 314, Ventura, CA 93009, United States
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Overview

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS AT ALL LEVELS.
NOTE:  If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil services" style examination, then appointment by "lateral transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click   for additional information.

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office is the public prosecutor for the county's 850,000 residents.  Our office employs approximately 305 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.  

Our duties directly involve the investigation and prosecution of felony and misdemeanor crimes, including homicides, serious and violent felonies, sexual assaults, narcotics offenses, gang crimes, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, and misdemeanors.  Our office is charged with investigating and prosecuting complex civil and criminal financial fraud, environmental crimes, and other specialized cases, including code compliance and asset forfeiture - check restitution program.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion in the office’s culture and climate, hiring, training, opportunities for advancement, and its relationship with the communities it serves. 

WHAT WE OFFER
The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  In addition to the salary of approximately $87,656.41 to $174,391.92 annually an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • New Hire Incentive - New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of up to ten percent (10%) of the newly hired current annual base wage. Subject to the applicable section of the .
  • Educational Incentive2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on the completion of Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree (if educational attainments are not specifically required by the position). 
  • Annual LeaveA candidate selected for this position will earn up to 208 hours of Annual Leave per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service.
  • Annual Leave Redemption – Upon using 80 hours of annual leave within the preceding 12-month period, an employee may request to receive pay in lieu of up to 100 hours of annual leave accrual at the current base rate of pay.
  • Deferred CompensationEligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health PlansYou are offered a flexible credit allowance of up to $15,522 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
  • Flexible Spending AccountsPre-tax benefit towards eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses.
  • Pension Plan Participation in the County's defined pension plan. If eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as CalPERS.
  • Bilingual IncentiveProficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level (II), or $.90 per hour (Level III).
  • Holidays12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
  • Textbook and TuitionUp to a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year in accordance with the memorandum of agreement.
The Position
Under administrative direction, performs prosecutorial legal services as assigned by the District Attorney (D.A.). Responsible for an ongoing caseload and other assignments which require constant interaction with the public, other agencies, and members of the legal profession.
 
While not required for the position, the ideal candidate will have experience appearing in court on contested matters, making arguments to the judge, and eliciting evidence from witnesses.  The ideal candidate also has some experience in a prosecutor's office either as an attorney or law student, has prepared contested motions, and has argued motions on behalf of the prosecution.
 
Work is assigned based upon the experience and professional competence of the attorney. Candidates appointed at the lower levels of the class series may be promoted to higher levels within the series upon assumption of progressively responsible job assignments, satisfactory performance of such assignments, and having the corresponding amount of professional experience. No experience is required at the Attorney I level.
 
The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience and the Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
 
For those with long-term career aspirations as a prosecutor, there is also a Senior Attorney class which, under administrative direction, provides the most difficult professional prosecutorial services as assigned by the D.A. The Senior class is distinguished from subordinate classes by: (1) difficulty of work assignments; (2) incumbents' demonstrated excellence of professional performance; and (3) appointment to, and removal from, the classification at the discretion of the D.A.

Approximate Salaries:
Attorney I: $87,656.41 - $110,667.98 annually
Attorney II: $118,367.91 - $136,678.70 annually 
Attorney III: $143,465.41 - $174,391.92 annuallyAttorneys are represented by the Criminal Justice Attorneys Association of Ventura County (CJAAVC) and are exempt from overtime compensation.
 
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent and Extra-Help vacancies within the District Attorney's Office (an Extra-Help position is without benefits).  There are currently five (5) Regular vacancies and two (2) fixed-term vacancies.

NOTE: 
An individual appointed to extra-help by virtue of this recruitment may, dependent upon his/her performance as an extra-help attorney, and the needs of the District Attorney's Office, be appointed to the permanent classification of Attorney. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:
OPENING DATE: August 14, 2023
CLOSING DATE: Continuous  (Please note that applications will be reviewed and processed frequently due to the pressing need to fill the position. Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.)  
FIRST APPLICATION REVIEW: Week of August 28, 2023
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: Week of August 28, 2023 
SELECTION INTERVIEWS: Week of September 5, 2023
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interviews witnesses and analyzes/evaluates evidence while preparing cases for trial under criminal law.
  • Appears on behalf of the People of the State of California at court hearings, makes appropriate motions and pleas, and takes other appropriate legal action.
  • Conducts trial prosecution by preparing strategies, ordering investigations and subpoenas, resolving legal issues through research, participating in jury selection, and presenting evidence and argument.
  • Negotiates disposition and modification of cases according to office policy.
  • Prepares reports, appeals, writs, and other legal documents.
  • Assigned complex cases which may include misdemeanors, felonies, environmental or consumer fraud, special investigations and/or pursuit of appellate issues.
  • May also be assigned other tasks that require superior knowledge and skills at the department head's discretion.
  • May be assigned various supervisory and/or training responsibilities.
  • May make presentations to the public and community organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process, possession of which assures neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
 
Attorney I: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. No experience is required at the Attorney I level. Advancement in the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
 
Attorney II: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year related Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
 
Attorney III: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.
 
HIGHLY DESIRED:
Substantial experience conducting bench trials, jury trials, or preliminary examinations as an attorney and/or a law clerk.
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be an active member of the California State Bar and possess a valid California driver's license.
Please attach:

  • A legible copy of your active State Bar of California card.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Working (I) to comprehensive (II/III) knowledge of: rules of evidence, legal principles, criminal law and trial procedures; State and Federal law pertaining to specific trial assignments; legal research methods; ethical responsibilities outlined by the American Bar Association and California Bar Association.
 
Working (I) to comprehensive (II/III) ability to: perform legal research, investigate and analyze evidence and complex legal problems; communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare cases and provide legal counsel; prepare reports and legal documents; supervise and train staff as required; and deal effectively with clients, members of the legal profession, public officials, and the general public.

Note: County Ordinance provides that County Attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.
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