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Assistant County Attorney 

Description

The Assistant County Attorney, under limited supervision, performs professional legal services in support of the County Attorney’s Office. Provides legal counsel to Martin County, and prosecutes all adult and juvenile criminal cases and civil cases involving child/adult protection, civil commitment, and child support enforcement. Works closely with numerous different entities in completing the duties of the office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prosecutes criminal and juvenile delinquency cases.
  • Researches legal issues; prepares memoranda and briefs of law in support of trial tactics, including jury instructions, appeal documents, arraignments, complaints, pleadings, bail recommendations, and related legal documents.
  • Provides legal counsel and furnishes written legal opinions to the County Board and other officials.
  • Negotiates with other attorneys regarding pending cases.
  • May serve as Special Prosecutor for other counties.
  • Drafts and reviews legal documents, including contracts, easements, resolutions, leases, bit bonds and related documentation.
  • Participates with the County Attorney on litigating civil actions.
  • Represents the County Attorney’s Office on a variety of community and County committees, boards and councils.
  • Conducts civil welfare fraud cases.
  • Provides work direction to legal staff support employees.
  • Conducts training for law enforcement and social service workers; conducts mandatory training for teachers, ministers, and mandated reporters.
  • Works with various individuals, including the County Board, in applying for grant money, projects to improve prosecution outcomes and/or reduce crime through prevention and intervention.
  • Deals objectively and fairly with individuals, including the County Board, in applying for grant money, projects to improve prosecution outcomes and/or reduce crime through prevention and intervention.
  • Deals objectively and fairly with victims, witnesses, County employees, as well as other inside and outside contacts.
  • Represents the County in child support, child protection, guardianship/conservatorship, and civil commitment cases.
  • Reviews police reports completed by all jurisdictions within Martin County.
  • Coordinates with law enforcement and Human Services during the investigatory phase of a criminal proceeding or child protection matter or other civil matter, including taking phone calls from officers and social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as crimes and new cases are being actively investigates.
  • Prepare and draft criminal charging documents, juvenile petitions and other civil documents.
  • Prepare for hearings, including but not limited to criminal jury trials, criminal evidentiary hearing, civil commitment proceedings, child protection proceedings, child support hearings. This includes meeting with, preparing and counseling victims, witnesses, and members of the public. This also includes negotiating directly with opposing attorneys regarding potential please and resolution of cases.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs other work-related duties as required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties performed by personnel so classified.

 
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Juris Doctorate degree, admission to the Minnesota State Bar.
  • At least one year of recent progressive law experience along with the skills, knowledge and abilities required; or equivalent combined education and experience.
  • Three or more years of recent progressive law experience, preferred. 

LICENSURE

  • Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Minnesota.
  • Valid MN driver’s license.

CERTIFICATION

  • Continuing Legal Education requirements as directed by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of criminal and civil law.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and issues regarding criminal law enforcement.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective employee supervision.
  • Knowledge of specialized areas of law, including juvenile delinquency statutes, case law, child protection, child sexual abuse, substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and judicial commitment statutes and laws.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of law office management.
  • Knowledge of the organization, functions and legal limits of authority of each County department.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges, peers, other County staff, clients, defendants, witnesses, law enforcement, other attorneys and the general public.
  • Ability to determine the limits and actions available to opponents and the probable courses of action in court cases.
  • Ability to research and interpret state and federal laws and court cases and County ordinances.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence and precedents and conduct effective presentations.
  • Ability to present and argue cases in court.

DECISION MAKING

  • Provide training and work direction to others.
  • Applies professional/managerial principles and judgement within overall goals/direction established by senior management.

PROBLEM SOLVING

  • Widely varied involving many complex and significant variables, requiring analytical ability and inductive thinking in adapting policies, procedures and methods to fit unusual and complex situations.
  • Problem solving impacts the overall organization and has a significant impact on organization and future years. Failures and successes significantly impact the organization’s balance sheet and long-term performance.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Frequent interaction to negotiate critical agreements or motivate behavior and requires a well-developed sense of strategy and time, the ability to engender trust of diverse audiences.

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

The job requires a high level of attention to details and deadlines leading to mental and physical strain from long hours in the courtroom and preparing for trial; hours include being available to answer legal questions at any time. Physical activity is moderate and intermittent such as standing during presentations and carrying files or a laptop. Driving is occasional. There may be intermittent exposure to hostile or aggressive behavior by members of the public. Incumbent may be required to work regular night and weekend hours preparing cases for trial or other hearings.

  • Continuous: Considerable mental effort and stress; Work requires high attention to detail; Work with frequent deadlines.
  • Frequent: Sit; Keyboarding; Repetitive movement; Exposure to emotional public; Exposure to offensive language; Exposure to trauma; Work alone.
  • Occasional: Exposure to deadly assault; Exposure to threats.
  • Intermittent: Walk; Stand; Bend or stoop; Kneel or squat; Work with arms above shoulder; Climbing; Lift or carry less than 10 lbs.; Lift or carry 11-25 lbs.; Lift, carry, push, pull 26-60 lbs.; Lift, carry, push, pull over 60 lbs.

This position is responsible for the use of county fleet and personal vehicles, modern office machines and equipment.

ACCOUNTABILITIES SHARED BY ALL EMPLOYEES

  1. Implicit in the employer-employee relationship is the right of Martin County to rely upon the presence of the employee during assigned hours of work and the obligation of the employee for timely and regular attendance.
  2. Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and County-wide policies, protocols and procedures, and adheres to the same.
  3. Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, listens well, and respects viewpoints different than own.
  4. Informs immediate supervisor of all important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities.
  5. Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County’s business.
  6. Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment.
  7. Demonstrates high moral principles and professional standards with others through truthfulness and sincerity; makes ethical decisions.
  8. Provides a high-level of customer satisfaction.
  9. Maintains confidentiality.
  10. Competently performs all required job duties.

Martin County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Compensation Plan Grade Starting Wage: $88,753.60 - $106,995.20 Annually  
Position Assistant County Attorney  
Close Date  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 10/21/2021  
Location Martin County Attorney's Office  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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