As an award- winning organization with high regard for cultural diversity and the positive contributions of the many thriving cultures within our county, our nation, and our society. Coconino County leads a variety of initiatives that celebrate diversity; form our Annual Diversity Day, and monthly Heritage Lunch & Learns, to book clubs and professional development academies which target diverse workforce segments, Coconino County’s respect for diversity is shared throughout the organization.
The Coconino County Attorney’s Office is seeking applications for Deputy County Attorney I position in Flagstaff. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Attorneys perform prosecution functions and civil representation for the County and County Departments, legal representation for clients needing publicly assisted representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency and severance of parental rights cases following appointment by the courts of Coconino County; and perform related duties as required.
Advancement in classification is within the discretion of the Department Director based upon attorney performance and experience.(Illustrative only)
The level and complexity of assignments vary with the level of the position; however, all classes perform the following:
Manages caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations
Analyzes case material after investigations; conducts legal research as required
Prepares cases for presentation in court; appears in court and represents clients or the State at court hearings
Prepares and submits legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State
Writes correspondence and reports
Maintains accurate records and files
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Mobility to work in a standard office and court system, to travel to other locations to attend board meetings, counsel clients, interview individuals and gather information, and to use standard office equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer, and hearing and speech to converse in person and over the telephone.
Essential functions of this position include: driving; sitting; working with and around others; dealing with interruptions; repetitive motion (hand/wrist) for computer work; vision acuity (near) for routine office and customer service duties; hearing and speech for ordinary conversation; finger dexterity for typing and paperwork.
Attorney I is the entry-level attorney class. Incumbents learn court procedures, office policy and the application of laws and legal procedures; and are assigned to routine cases while gaining experience. Incumbents may assist a more experienced attorney or be assigned a full and separate caseload of cases with a minimum degree of difficulty.
This position is exempt from overtime.
This position is safety sensitive.
Current active membership in the State Bar of Arizona. Possession of, or ability to attain, a valid Arizona driver’s license.
The ideal candidate for each position will have recent criminal prosecution experience and knowledge of Arizona criminal statutory and case law; Superior and Justice Court procedures and their application; rules of evidence; and principles and techniques of legal research. The ideal candidate will also have the skills and abilities to analyze and apply legal principles and practices; prepare, organize and prosecute criminal cases; interview witnesses and complainants; prepare motions, orders, pleadings and other legal documents; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically, orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff and representatives from outside agencies.
This position will be focused on the prosecution of Misdemeanors in Coconino County.
Preferred qualifications: Licensed in Arizona in good standing and be familiar with Title 13 substantive and sentencing provision, as well as the Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence. Additionally, the preferred candidate will have negotiated and written plea agreements, interacted with victims and victim/witness advocates.
Additional requirements: When applying, application MUST include a cover letter, resume, and substantive writing sample by the deadline. Please use your cover letter to describe your experience in criminal prosecution. Considerable knowledge of:
– Substantive law, rules of evidence, trial and court procedures, legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class
– Computer applications related to the work
– Standard legal office practices and procedures
– Techniques for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile
Ability and Skill in:
– Interviewing a variety of individuals and soliciting needed information to determine facts/circumstances
– Developing effective strategies for client representation
– Analyzing cases and applying legal principles
– Presenting statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form
– Presenting an effective case in court
– Managing an assigned caseload
– Preparing clear, concise, accurate and effective legal documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials
-Maintaining accurate records and files
– Using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines
– Communicating logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments
– Demonstrating patience, tact, courtesy and compassion
– Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety
– Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work
– Working cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office
Coconino County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.