Assistant Public Defender

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1226 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
County of Santa Barbara
Street address: 
1226 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

This is an abbreviated bulletin. For more information and to apply, go to the following link:

Incumbents lead other managers and model behaviors that exemplify quality customer service; provide effective and
ethical leadership; has loyalty and commitment to the mission of the department and its core values; creatively and
strategically plan, develop, and implement programs that use human and financial resources to achieve results; are
accountable for strategy and goal formation consistent with the County’s mission and key business objectives; engage
stakeholders; communicate and collaborate effectively at multiple levels; develop employees; analyze issues and data;
and efficiently use public resources.

This is an at-will executive leadership classification that functions as an assistant department head and reports directly to
a Department/Corporate Leader.

+ Functions as the Department/Corporate Leader in his/her absence.
+ Supervises others, including senior-level leadership within the department.
+ Interfaces with the CEO and BOS at a policy-making level.
+ Leads multiple programs/divisions within a department.
+ Is responsible for internal department operations.
+ Develops, implements, and evaluates departmental standards, policies, goals, and outcomes.
+ Makes broad policy decisions for the department, work that is performed, and delivery of customer services.
+ Prioritizes and allocates resources within the department; oversees the development of the department budget; and
balances fiscal priorities among divisions, projects, and programs.
+ Establishes department performance measurements and assumes accountability for achieving department results.
+ Leads multidisciplinary teams with team membership from multiple departments, labor organizations, the community,
and/or other governmental agencies.
+ Coordinates resources and decision making with other departments.
+ Exercises a high level of independent action and decision making over department operations.
+ Operates in an environment that includes elected officials, non-elected officials, governmental agencies, community
interest groups, and the general public.
+ Maintains a countywide perspective while leading a specific department.
+ Assigns criminal calendar to appropriate staff members.
+ Reviews and evaluates completed staff work.
+ Personally appears in court as defense attorney of major and other cases or at arraignment to obtain first-hand
knowledge of cases going to court.


Possession of:
+ Being an active member of the State Bar of California
+ Being an active trial practitioner with at least 10 years’ litigation experience in the field of criminal law
+ Have prior experience as lead counsel in either ten (10) serious or violent felony jury trials, including at least two (2)
murder cases tried to verdict or final judgment
+ Or, at least five (5) serious or violent felony jury trials, including at least 3 murder cases tried to verdict or final judgment
+ Be familiar with the practices and procedures of California Criminal Courts
+ Be familiar with and experienced in the use of expert witnesses and evidence, including psychiatric and forensic
+ Have training/experience/or demonstrated ability to teach trial practice skills to junior attorneys
+ Have demonstrated experience as an administrator
+ Have the training and experience equivalent to that of a Senior Public Defender

To apply: 

To be considered, submit an application through Please include a cover letter, resume, and salary history. For first consideration, apply by: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 12 PM PST. Resumes will be screened according to the
qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to the panel interview during the week of February 13, 2017. The job start date is anticipated to be mid-to-late March.

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and ethnicities.
Salary range: 
Salary: $152,054.25 – $208,265.40* (includes $8,385.26 in cash and auto allowance)
Submission deadline: 
Friday, January 27, 2017