04/10/2014
115-01

THE COUNTY OF YAKIMA
is now accepting applications for
the position of

DEPUTY PROSECUTING - ATTORNEY I

SALARY HIRING RANGE: $4,256.00 - $4,980.00 per month, plus excellent benefits.

OPENING: There is one position with the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Unit. This recruitment may be used to fill future openings that may occur within 90 days of the posting date.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Evaluates each case and assesses its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Makes charging decisions regarding legal and factual sufficiency for filing of a case.

Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation.

Coordinates or conducts case investigation for trial preparation as necessary. Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interviews or directs interviews of witnesses as required.

Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represents the interest of the state.

Represents the state at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments.

Conducts all trial actions including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post-trial motions.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals. Job is rated as Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and or leg controls requires exertion greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time.

Equipment Operated:
Telephone, copy and fax machines, and personal computer. Must have the ability to drive personal and/or County vehicle, and travel to locations outside of thecourthouse.

Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

  • The laws of the State of Washington, rules of evidence and procedure, and Washington Court rules;
  • The field of assignment sufficient to perform thoroughly and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated in the class description and essential duties;
  • The ethical and professional responsibilities of an attorney generally and for the field of assignment and;
  • Supervisory theories, principles and practices (supervisory positions).

Skills (position requirements at entry):

  • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
  • Performing legal research; analyzing and applying legal principles, statutes, constitutional provisions, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems;
  • Applying supervisory techniques and methods; and assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of others (supervisory positions);
  • Prioritizing work under varying conditions and effectively managing time;
  • Finding solutions to problems and making decisions within the scope of responsibility and the law;
  • Exercising sound judgment in consulting senior attorneys and supervisors with questions and concerns, and, in referring matters to others which are beyond the scope, knowledge or authority of the position.
  • Working individually and cooperatively as a member of a team;
  • Applying knowledge of the law in writing various documents, organizing evidence, drafting interview questions, presenting legal arguments, and legal and/or factual situations;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with co-workers, individuals involved in the court systems, media and diverse members of the public while maintaining focus on case and client interests;
  • Maintaining confidentiality; and Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, in clear concise language appropriate for the purposes involved and the parties addressed, including court appearances.

Experience and Training:
Admission to the Washington State Bar Association is required. Preference will be given to candidates with
experience in prosecution involving the Involuntary Treatment Act and truancy, and prosecution experience in
Juvenile Court.

Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, which will include fingerprinting. Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License and provide proof of insurance.

BENEFITS:
Health Benefits: The County contributes up to $750/month toward medical, dental, vision & life insurance- (depending upon plan selection).
PTO (Paid Time Off): A Leave System to allow for 15 days annually to be used for vacation or illness.
Holidays: The County recognizes 10 holidays per year.
Long Term Disability and AD&D Policies: An employee-paid long-term disability and accidental death and dismemberment insurance plan option.
Retirement: The County participates in the State’s Public Employment Retirement System (PERS).
Deferred Compensation: County employees can contribute to tax deferred plans to enhance their retirement and decrease their current taxable income.

Flexible Spending Accounts: An employee election to tax defer a dollar amount for residual out of pocket expenses for Health Care or for Dependent Care.

THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., April 24, 2014. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Those rating the highest on the evaluation screening will be scheduled for an interview. Applicants for this position may be considered for future Attorney positions that come open within 90 days of the closing of this recruitment. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form. For further information and application forms, contact:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27
YAKIMA WA 98901
www.co.yakima.wa.us

“AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER”

Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information. If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.co.yakima.wa.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request. Please contact Human Resources for further information. Position 20000943 Posting 938264