Assistant County Attorney V

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$93,066.90 - $155,111.01 Annually
Posted
Sep 26, 2020
Closes
Oct 24, 2020
Ref
20-00565
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job announcement is being readvertised. If you previously applied to req# 20-00565 you do not need to reapply in order to be considered.

Note: In order to be considered and as part of the application process, you must attach a writing sample to your application. The salary offer will be commensurate with experience and will not exceed $120,000.00 of the advertised compensation range.

The County Attorney's Office is seeking an attorney with high-quality legal knowledge and skills; solid litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts; proficiency in researching, writing, and public speaking, who enjoys having a wide variety of challenging legal work. The position is in the Office of the County Attorney's Personnel Section, which represents Fairfax County, the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, county agencies (including department heads, division directors, and other employees), and does related work as required.

The successful applicant will personally handle litigation in state and federal courts and before state administrative agencies and provide legal advice to county agencies related to employment issues including but not limited to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act. The successful applicant will represent county agencies in employee grievances and in matters before the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission. Litigation will include personal injury, employment law, constitutional law, workers' compensation, and alleged civil rights violations.

Fairfax County's Office of the County Attorney functions as in-house counsel to the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, department heads, division directors, and other employees. Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia with more than 1.1 million residents and more than 12,000 employees. Fairfax County government is widely recognized as a superior government organization. In 2019, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) announced that it had awarded its Certificate of Excellence to Fairfax County for the tenth consecutive year. The county is among only 27 jurisdictions across the nation recognized by ICMA in 2019 for its superior efforts and results in performance measurement and management with this award - the organization's highest level of recognition. county employees are eligible for superb benefits. Highlights of the county's benefits packages are a defined-benefit pension plan; a deferred compensation plan (457); access to medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, and generous leave policies. The county operates a licensed Employee Child Care Center in the Government Center complex; all employees are automatically enrolled in the Employee Assistance Program; and the county operates a workforce wellness program to help employees and their families stay well during the work-day and beyond.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the sources of legal reference;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of law;
Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and court decisions affecting the practice of the law at the county level;
Ability to learn Fairfax County ordinances and resolutions;
Ability to analyze facts and reach logical conclusions;
Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, County officials and the public.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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 in the employ of a municipal or county government, or acceptable equivalent experience. Litigation experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
License to practice law in the state of Virginia.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION:
Litigation experience in employment law, constitutional law, personal injury, workers' compensation, and alleged civil rights violations. Experience in circuit or general district courts, preferably Fairfax County. Experience in federal court preferably the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. Excellent research, writing and public speaking skills.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor. Must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must be able to communicate with others. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

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 status as a veteran 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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