Arlington County

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.

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.

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.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.

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