DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I $5,328 - $7,229 /Monthly

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168 West Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
County of Monterey
Street address: 
168 West Alisal, 3rd Floor
City: 
Salinas
State: 
California
ZIP: 
93901
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I
$5,328 - $7,229 /Monthly

FINAL FILING DATE: Monday, June 05, 2017
Exam #17/39P01/04IE

Summary of Position
The Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with crimes in Monterey County, ranging from the simplest misdemeanor to complex capital cases. The guiding principle of the Office is that each client is entitled to the best legally attainable outcome. Our attorneys, investigators, and support staff take great pride in providing a consistently high level of service.
Deputy Public Defender I: Is the entry level and first working level in the career series. Incumbents are required to be members of the California State Bar upon appointment.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a temporary or permanent basis.

For a complete job description, please visit: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel/documents/specifications/39P01.pdf

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Pursuant to Section 6060 of the Business & Professions Code, current, valid membership in the California State Bar is required at the time of appointment.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Will have a proven track record demonstrating his/her knowledge of:

• The principles of criminal and civil law, criminal procedure, and trial practice
• The methods of legal research and writing
• Statutory, constitutional, and decisional case law of the State of California
• The rules of evidence

The successful applicant will also have the ability to:
• Gather and evaluate complex data and draw logical conclusions
• Evaluate facts and formulate an effective course of action
• Read, interpret, and apply the principles contained in the State and Federal Constitutions, statutes, published court decisions, and other relevant legal precedent
• Orally communicate complex information and concepts to persons of divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
• Present persuasive arguments as an advocate in a clear and reasoned manner
• Interrogate and cross-examine witnesses in the courtroom
• Write clearly and concisely
• Organize large quantities of complex material in a logical manner for presentation in court
• Effectively and logically present evidence in complicated criminal proceedings
• Recognize and evaluate approaches to situations of a potentially sensitive nature
• Provide excellent and courteous customer service and establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work
• Work independently under general supervision; think creatively
• Develop new methods, procedures, or approaches to achieve desired results
• Effectively use office computers and/or data base systems
• Some positions may require the ability to train, review, and supervise minimally the work of less experienced attorneys
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
• Independently manage a heavy caseload, which may require extra hours of work
• Possess a valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record, which is subject to review and must be maintained throughout employment
• Rotate between the Salinas and Monterey courthouses
• Successfully complete a reference and background check
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCEDURES
• The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made.
• The competitive process includes submittal of required application materials: a completed Monterey County Application, resume and responses to the Supplemental Questions.
• For a guaranteed review, all application materials must be received in the Human Resources Office by Monday, June 05, 2017.
• Applicants who fail to complete the required materials will not be considered for this position. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials.
• Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To further assess applicant’s possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance examination, and/or written examination.

WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY
The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package that includes 23 days of paid time off, 10 holidays/year; health, dental, vision, life insurance, and CALPERS retirement.

To view the “D” Unit Benefit Summary, please visit our website http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/personnel/benefits/summary/D%20unit%20Benef....
This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution prevail over this listing.

If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

HOW TO APPLY
Submit the following required materials:
• County of Monterey Employment Application
• Response to supplemental questionnaire
• Copy of your current valid membership in the California State Bar
• Resume

Or APPLY ON-LINE at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/montereycounty/default.cfm

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SUBMITTED TO:
County of Monterey, Human Resources
Attn: Irene Espinoza, Human Resources Analyst
168 West Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (831) 755-5129

SPECIAL NOTES: This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. Exact benefits are listed in the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or benefits summary sheet and prevail. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call Monterey County Human Resources (831) 755-5129. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed above.

Requirements: 

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Pursuant to Section 6060 of the Business & Professions Code, current, valid membership in the California State Bar is required at the time of appointment.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY
Submit the following required materials:
• County of Monterey Employment Application
• Response to supplemental questionnaire
• Copy of your current valid membership in the California State Bar
• Resume

Or APPLY ON-LINE at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/montereycounty/default.cfm

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SUBMITTED TO:
County of Monterey, Human Resources
Attn: Irene Espinoza, Human Resources Analyst
168 West Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (831) 755-5129

SPECIAL NOTES: This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. Exact benefits are listed in the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or benefits summary sheet and prevail. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call Monterey County Human Resources (831) 755-5129. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed above.

Monterey County
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS
DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER I
If not applying on-line:
Please number your response. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying at the top of the page.

Instructions:
Response to the Supplemental Questions must be submitted with your application materials. Applications received without Supplemental Question Response will not be considered. A resume, cover letter, application, etc. will not be accepted as a substitute for responses to these questions. Failure to provide complete responses to these questions will eliminate you from further consideration. Your response to the questions is an integral part of the selection process.

□ I have read and understand the supplemental question instructions.
1. Do you have a current, valid membership in the California State Bar? If so, please provide your California State Bar Number.
Yes
No
California State Bar #: ______________________________________________________

2. Please select the answer that best describes your experience with handling misdemeanor jury and court trials.
0-10 trials
11-20 trials
More than 20 trials

3. Please select the answer that best describes your experience with handling or assisting with felony jury and court trials.
0-10 trials
11-20 trials
More than 20 trials

4.Describe the types of cases you have handled, the factual/legal issues involved, and what your prosecution or defense strategy was. Include information regarding your role, level of responsibility, and authority, the type and complexity or issues addressed, and the methods used to gain concurrence and/or resolution.

5.Please describe the most significant motions, court or jury trial, mock trial and/or other courtroom experience of your career thus far by listing the most serious charge, the factual/legal issues involved, and what your prosecution or defense strategy was. Include information regarding your role, level of responsibility and authority, the type and complexity issues addressed, and the methods used to gain concurrence and/or resolution.

6.Describe your experience in handling misdemeanor, traffic, or administrative hearings. Include information regarding your role, level of responsibility and authority, the type and complexity of issues addressed, and the methods used to gain concurrence and/or resolution

7.Describe your caseloads and various assignments in the criminal courts. What experience/knowledge do you have with regard to immigration consequences in the criminal courts or deportation hearings.

Exam #17/39P01/04IE

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$5,328 - $7,229 /Monthly
Submission deadline: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Expiration date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017