ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY I

Expiring today

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$68,307.20 - $104,332.80 Annually
Posted
Oct 09, 2020
Closes
Oct 22, 2020
Ref
9601-21A-CWA-HQ
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and the City of Falls Church is seeking to fill three Assistant Commonwealth Attorney positions to perform a wide range of prosecutorial duties, including evaluating the metrics of criminal cases, preparing them for trial, and advocating in the best interests of the Commonwealth.

Specific duties include:
  • Appearing in the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts as well as the Circuit Court;
  • Drafting pleadings, indictments, briefs, and memoranda;
  • Prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases as well as traffic infractions;
  • Managing an assigned caseload and overseeing all aspects of the criminal prosecution, including: interviewing and subpoenaing all necessary witnesses; researching relevant statutes and case law; reviewing pertinent police and forensic reports; considering alternative and/or additional charges; complying with the rules of criminal discovery; arguing pre-trial motions and negotiating plea agreements;
  • Advising law enforcement agencies on issues arising during criminal investigations; and
  • Coordinating with Victim Witness Program staff to assist victims and witnesses of crime.
The successful candidate will have the following:
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles; and
  • Ability to analyze and address complex legal problems using sound professional judgment.


Selection Criteria

Minimum: Completion of the requirements for graduation with a Juris Doctor from an accredited college of university plus one to three years of considerable professional experience as a practicing trial lawyer working in a courtroom setting or as a judicial clerk or similar experience. Must be an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar.

Desirables: Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Criminal trial prosecution;
  • Prosecuting complex, serious and/or sensitive criminal misdemeanor and/or felony cases;
  • Using Prosecutor by Karpel (PbK) or similar case-management software; and/or
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) proficiency.


Special Requirements

If you are selected for a bilingual position, an assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to a bilingual position.

Please attach a resume to the on-line application and a cover letter (or provide your response in the supplemental question) that describes why you are interested in the position in Arlington. Be sure to detail your accomplishments in the areas outlined in the minimum and desirable qualifications to include:
  • Your professional level experience as a practicing trial lawyer working in a courtroom setting or as a judicial clerk;
  • Criminal trial prosecution experience; and/or
  • Experience prosecuting complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal misdemeanor and/or felony cases or other cases.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or willingness to use alternative modes of transportation. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

The position is part of a broad band, competency-based pay system. Starting salary within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience. The pay band encompasses entry through senior-level work. Pay potential will be based on performance and employee development. Salary range will depend on the level of qualifications and experience: Full performance salary range for a Commonwealth Attorney I (entry-level) is $68,307.20 - $104,332.80 annually.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached ; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

Are you willing to complete a pre-hire background check as a condition of employment? It may include extensive checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  • Yes
  • No


02

Do you have a Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law?
  • Yes
  • No


03

Are you an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar?
  • Yes
  • No


04

How many years of experience as a practicing trial lawyer which included complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal misdemeanor and/or felony cases or other cases do you have?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


05

Please check ALL boxes which describe your experience as it relates to the desirable qualifications.
  • Criminal trail prosecution
  • Handling complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal felony and misdemeanor cases
  • Using Prosecutor by Karpel or similar case-management software
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • None of the above


06

If you did not attach a cover letter to your application, please use the space below to describe why you are interested in this position in Arlington County and be sure to detail your accomplishments in the areas outlined in the minimum and desirable qualifications to include:
  • Your professional level experience as a practicing trial lawyer working in a courtroom setting or as a judicial clerk;
  • Criminal trial prosecution experience; and/or
  • Experience prosecuting complex, serious, and/or sensitive criminal misdemeanor and/or felony cases or other cases.


Required Question

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