Assistant County Attorney V

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Fairfax, Virginia
$93,997.49 - $156,662.06 Annually
Jun 18, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

The County Attorney’s Office is seeking an attorney with legal knowledge and litigation experience in the area of abuse and neglect of children and the elderly. The position is located in the Office of the County Attorney’s Personnel section. The successful applicant will represent the Department of Family Services in litigation involving abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Circuit Court, Virginia Court of Appeals, and the Virginia Supreme Court. The position will also represent Department of Family Services employees subpoenaed to appear in courts in Fairfax County as well as other jurisdictions and represent the Department of Family Services in administrative appeals of abuse and neglect findings. The successful applicant will also petition the Fairfax County Circuit Court for the appointment of guardians and/or conservators for incapacitated adults in need of protective services. The successful applicant will handle cases from inception to completion, including discovery, depositions, motions, and briefs.

Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia with more than 1.1 million residents and more than 12,000 employees. Attorneys in the Office of the County Attorney have no billing requirements and have the potential to telework multiple days per week. Fairfax County government is widely recognized as a superior government organization. In 2021, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced that it had awarded its Certificate of Excellence to Fairfax County for the thirteenth consecutive year. The County is among only 25 jurisdictions across the nation recognized by ICMA for this prestigious award - the organization's highest level of recognition.

Note: In order to be considered and as part of the application process, you must attach a writing sample to your application.

Employment Standards

Must be an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to four years of experience in the practice of civil law.

License to practice law in the state of Virginia.

  • Excellent research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Litigation and trial experience in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
  • Demonstrated experience writing briefs in Virginia Court of Appeals and/or Virginia Supreme Court.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • All positions allocated to the County Attorney series are under the Fairfax County Merit System of personnel administration and are limited to full-time employment and preclude the private practice of law. However, the phrase "private practice of law" does not include the provision of pro bono public legal services in a pro bono legal services program approved by the County Attorney and in accordance with the policy of the County Attorney governing participation in an approved program.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
  • The appointee to the position must complete a Statement of Economic Interest form prior to starting work.

Must communicate with others. Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview. In order to be considered and as part of the application process, you must attach a writing sample to your application.

This job announcement is listed as "Open Continuous". Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be referred until the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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