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Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Civil Division

Prosecuting Attorney | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

The Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office invites all interested and qualified persons to apply for a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney position in our Civil Division.  We are a fast-paced, high volume office looking for individuals who can dedicate themselves to our team effort.  Interested individuals must be licensed to practice law in the State of Idaho.  Salary DOE.  Part-time or project-based contract attorney inquiries are welcome.  Please visit the Canyon County webpage at www.canyoncounty.id.gov to apply and view a complete job description.  A cover letter, resume, and writing sample will need to be submitted with your application.  Applications and inquiries will be considered confidential.  EOE.  Closing date open until filled.


General Statement of Duties

Assist the elected Prosecuting Attorney in performing all the statutory and constitutional functions of that Office; perform related work as required. Represents Canyon County and its elected and appointed officials as attorney of record in all courts of the State of Idaho, and federal courts, when necessary and appropriate.  Serve as legal advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, and to the Assessor, Clerk, Coroner, Sheriff, and Treasurer, and assist as well all County Department Administrators, including Facilities/Maintenance, Medical Indigency, Fleet, Development Services, Human Resources, Parks, Misdemeanor Probation, Public Information, Juvenile Probation, Weed/Gopher, Landfill, Fair, and others in the general operation of their departments.

  

Classification Summary

This is a multi-level class series in which incumbents may be assigned to any of three classes, depending on organizational needs, professional legal experience, individual expertise and skill, proficiency, and complexity of assigned caseload.

 

Positions within the Class

 

Assistant County Attorney is the first working level in the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (DPA) Civil Division series, assigned to employees with limited previous civil or criminal legal experience who are fully licensed to practice law in the State of Idaho.  Under supervision, employees at this level perform work of average difficulty in all areas of civil government practice. Within the Assistant County Attorney position, further classification is designated by years of service and advancement is based on combinations of leadership, responsibility, client relationships, caseload, expertise, initiative, community involvement, and other factors.

 

Associate County Attorney is the full working level assigned to employees with the equivalent of at least seven years of legal experience or five years as an Assistant County Attorney.  Employees at this level are assigned difficult and complex cases and should require limited instruction or assistance.  Within the Associate County Attorney position, further classification is designated by years of service and advancement is based on combinations of leadership, responsibility, client relationships, caseload, expertise, initiative, community involvement, and other factors.

 

Senior Associate County Attorney is the terminal non-appointed deputy prosecutor – civil division position.  Employees at this level are generally assigned the most difficult and sensitive cases with far-reaching or significant implications, are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the County, and require only occasional instruction or assistance as necessary.  Within the Senior Associate County Attorney position further classification is designated by years of service and advancement is based on combinations of leadership, responsibility, client relationships, caseload, expertise, initiative, community involvement, and other factors.

 

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all duties of a Prosecuting Attorney pursuant to Idaho Code;
  • Provide legal advice on, and defend the County in, matters of civil, constitutional, and administrative law pertaining to contracts, real estate, personnel, purchases, public records, public meetings, ethics in government, and other matters of both short and long-term consequence;
  • Manage assigned cases;
  • Prepare legal documents, ordinances, resolutions, pleadings, briefs, attorney-client memorandums, opinion letters and other documents in a timely manner;
  • Assist all elected and appointed officials in the general operation of their office or department by providing legal advice and counsel;
  • Initiate and respond to civil and criminal actions on behalf of the County and its elected officials when necessary and appropriate;
  • Represent the County in civil forfeiture proceedings, conservatorship/guardianships, public administrator cases, and other civil litigation;
    • Prepare witness list and confer with citizen witnesses, law enforcement agents;
    • Research case-specific legal issues and draft motions, orders, and memoranda;
    • Negotiate potential case resolutions with defense counsel/defendants as appropriate, in accordance with facts, law, and policy;
    • Prepare questions, legal strategies, jury instructions, jury selection, opening and closing statements;
    • Prepare witness for trial;
  • Present evidence and argument at arraignments, preliminary hearings, hearings on motions, trials, juvenile proceedings, mental commitment proceedings, and Grand Jury;
  • Conduct legal research as necessary to stay abreast of court decisions and legislation affecting practice of criminal and civil law;
  • Conduct training for law enforcement agents designed to improve procedures for arrests, searches, seizures, etc.;
  • Respond to legal questions from elected and appointed officials by being on call 24 hours per day;
  • Respond to legal questions from department heads by being on call 24 hours per day;
  • Administer, per the duty roster, weekend mental commitment processes;
  • Maintain confidentiality and comply with Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct;
  • Perform related duties as required.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exercise direct supervision over attorneys, investigators, and support staff in accordance with Office policies and procedures;
  • Participate in interview and evaluation and training of employees;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Criminal and civil law;
  • Court systems, procedures and protocols in the State of Idaho;
  • Local, state, and federal rules of criminal and civil procedure;
  • Rules of Evidence;
  • Principles and techniques of legal research;
  • Current technology and trends in legal practice;
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette.

 

Ability to:

  • Analyze and apply legal principles and practices to case-specific facts;
  • Interpret laws and regulations;
  • Evaluate complex criminal cases;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Work under pressure within strict timeframes and a heavy caseload;
  • Maintain effective client relationships without compromising the integrity of the CPPA;
  • Work independently and as a team member;
  • Screen, prepare, organize, and prosecute or defend civil litigation cases;
  • Interview witnesses and complainants;
  • Prepare motions, orders, pleadings, and other legal documents;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly, logically, and persuasively, orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with executives, management, employees, the public, defense bar, and judiciary, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Exercise appropriate professional judgment in answering questions, releasing information, charging and resolving cases;
  • Operate specialized case management and tracking system and general computer system;
  • Supervise, lead, and delegate tasks.

 

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school;
  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in all State and Federal courts in Idaho.

 

 Special Qualifications 

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

 

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Ability to perform essential duties and accurately with or without reasonable accommodation and without endangering self or other employees. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and drive; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear;
  • Sufficient clarify of speech and writing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively on the telephone and in person;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and review and prepare a variety of written and text materials, file them in a prescribed order, and organize documents and materials;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate personal computer and other office equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, agility, strength, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work at a keyboard for an extended period of time; to reach, stoop, bend, and stretch in filing materials, lift up to 25 pounds, and work in an office and courtroom environment.

 

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.