Deputy County Attorney II: Civil- County Attorney (0318)
Nature of Work Benefits Supplemental Questions The Coconino County Attorney's Office is seeking applications for a Civil Deputy County Attorney II position in Flagstaff. Salary is commensurate with experience. Advancement in classification is within the discretion of the County Attorney upon attorney performance and experience. 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; from 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. Note: This position is being re-posted
Typical Duties: (Illustrative only) The level and complexity of assignments vary with the level of the position; however, all classes perform the following:
Provides legal counsel to county officers, county departments, and other political subdivisions and special districts, as assigned
Performs legal research and renders written opinions to county officers, county departments, and other political subdivision such as school districts, and fire districts, as assigned
Files legal actions and provides legal representation in contested matters and civil litigation in state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal on behalf of Coconino County and other political subdivisions, as assigned
Drafts and reviews legal documents for County departments and officials as well as other political subdivisions as assigned
Files civil and criminal complaints against violators of County ordinances.
Prepares the County's defense and advises County officials in settlement of claims
Reviews reports of cases decided by State and Federal courts of appeal and prepares legal briefs and memos
Consults with other attorneys and attends staff meetings and training seminars as required
Maintain knowledge and skill levels in current case decisions and legislation
May be assigned to work directly with county officers, county departments, and other political subdivisions and special districts as knowledge and experience in specific practice increases
May perform criminal attorney duties as assigned
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.
Minimum Qualifications: Attorney II is distinguished from Attorney I by the greater difficulty of cases assigned and the lesser degree of supervision received. Incumbents perform legal work of increasing difficulty. (Minimum of one and one-half years of experience required). Candidate must successfully pass a criminal history background check.
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 experience in local government public practice and civil litigation.
This position is exempt from overtime.
Note: Individuals in exempt classifications as part time employees may be classified as non-exempt per FLSA law regarding minimum weekly salary requirements.
LICENSE: Current active membership in the State Bar of Arizona. Possession of, or ability to attain, a valid Arizona driver's license. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Federal and Arizona civil statutory and case law; Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure; civil law principles and 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 civil cases; interview witnesses and complainants; advocate a wide range of civil cases; 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.
Preferred qualifications include civil litigation and/or criminal trial experience in the Arizona Court System; appellate experience; local government public practice experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.