DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL (Public Safety Division)

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441 4th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Organization name: 
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Street address: 
441 4th St. NW
District of Columbia
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Position Description: 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (“OAG”) is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Attorney General in the Public Safety Division (“PSD”). PSD includes four litigating sections:
* The Juvenile Section is responsible for all juvenile delinquency and status offense prosecutions in the District of Columbia;
* The Criminal Section prosecutes adults who commit certain types of misdemeanor offenses within the District of Columbia, including impaired driving, firearms, traffic, and quality of life, as well as tax and welfare fraud;
* The Domestic Violence Section assists petitioners in filing for and enforcing civil protection orders; and
* The Mental Health Section represents the Department of Behavioral Health in guardianship cases and involuntary civil commitment hearings.

Additionally, the Special Counsel for Juvenile Justice Reform reports to the Deputy and leads OAG’s efforts on restorative justice and juvenile justice reform. Finally, PSD includes the Juvenile Specialty Courts Unit, which handles truancy and person in need of supervision matters including curfew violations and frequent runaway or missing persons matters, and the Victim Advocacy and Restorative Services Unit, which assists prosecutors in serving victims of crime and facilitating resolution to crime and conflict. Both Units report to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General. Together, the Deputy Attorney General and the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for PSD oversee the management and operations of a Division comprised of approximately 65 attorneys and 20 paraprofessional staff.

In addition to managing the litigation and operations of the Division, the Deputy is expected to be a thought leader in criminal justice practice and policy. OAG seeks to employ data-driven, reform minded strategies—such as restorative justice and juvenile diversion programs—to achieve positive public safety outcomes for District residents. The Deputy must be able to think systematically about the goals of the criminal, juvenile, domestic violence, and mental health systems in which the Division works and implement reforms aimed at employing best practices. The Deputy works closely with the Attorney General and the Chief Deputy Attorney General in the planning, coordination and management of OAG, including developing and implementing the vision for OAG’s criminal justice work.

The responsibilities of the Deputy for Public Safety include, but are not limited to:
* Directly supervising the Assistant Deputy, four Section Chiefs, and Special Counsel, a function that includes supporting managers in their supervision of litigation, providing for necessary training, evaluating performance, and dealing with other personnel-related issues;
* Establishing policies and procedures for the Division;
* Reviewing and evaluating major cases and making plea or settlement recommendations or authorizing pleas or settlements;
* Advising the Attorney General and other senior government officials regarding public safety, law enforcement and related issues;
* Drafting legislation and testimony regarding pending legislation;
* Serving as part of OAG’s senior management team on various agency-wide issues, including participation in agency committees;
* Negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding with other District agencies;
* Responding to press inquiries upon request of the Communications Director;
* Meeting with and advising high-level government officials, including members of the DC Council and their staff; and
* Liaising with the D.C. Superior Court, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Mayor’s Office, the Metropolitan Police Department, and a host of other agencies with whom Division attorneys routinely interact.

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QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have significant supervisory experience, strong interpersonal skills, and effective oral and written communication skills. In addition, the candidate must
possess strong managerial and organization skills, substantive knowledge of some or all of the practice areas in the Division and litigation experience. The ideal candidate should also have a working knowledge of the operations of the District government and the ability to manage in a fast-paced litigation-oriented environment.

The position is an at-will appointment by the Attorney General of the District of Columbia. The position is in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), with compensation set by the Attorney General on the LX-2 pay scale using a multitude of factors, including prior managerial experience. The selected candidate is required to be a resident of the District of Columbia within 180 days of appointment and remain a District resident during the tenure of the appointment.

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes: 1) a cover letter (must include the vacancy number) summarizing why you are interested and the skills and abilities you possess that will enable you to succeed in this position; 2) résumé; 3) list of three references; and 4) a writing sample to [email protected] by 11:59pm EST on May 12, 2017, addressed to Arlyntha Love, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$150,000 – $165,000
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017