Managed Assigned Counsel Director

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United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bexar County Managed Assigned Counsel Program
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The position will develop and oversee all Managed Assigned Counsel (MAC) operations, including the budget, staffing, approve attorneys to be on appointment lists, training, and voucher approval and processing. The MAC Director will ensure quality, client-centered representation for persons accused of a crime in Bexar County. Duties and Responsibilities:
Will prepare a written plan of operation as required by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 26.047(c), and direct the administrative and operation functions of the office consistent with the stated goals of the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
Establishes policies and procedures relating to the administration of indigent defense in conjunction with the Advisory Committee and develops recommendations for the committee
Provides guidance, mentoring and strategic advice to assigned counsel; manages administrative functions of the office including budgeting, human resources, purchasing and resource planning; will have fiscal and administrative duties in the management of the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
Facilitates the development, training and education of assigned counsel by providing Continuing Legal
Education (“CLE”) program, implementing a training curriculum consistent with current trial and investigative techniques including ethics related to criminal law, and establishing a mentoring program
Oversees the private appointed legal representation of indigent defendants in Bexar County; works closely with elected officials and policy-making entities in accomplishing the objective of the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
Will represent the office before Commissioners Court, the Judiciary, stakeholder meetings, and the public
Represents the office on various committees, work groups, and participate in community outreach at various governmental, judicial and community functions
Prepares and Presents an annual report on the operation of the office to Bexar County Commissioners; the Director also prepares and presents quarterly operational and monthly financial reports on the expenditures of the indigent resources to the Advisory Committee
Maintains the following: expert database, witness/officer files, motion and brief banks, legal research file, CLE materials and performance measures for the Office of Managed Assigned Counsel
Responds to inquiries and complaints and investigates such complaints
Researches and reviews legislative updates and legal opinions, and adapts existing policies and procedures to address legislative changes
Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and five (5) years operational or administrative experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Must have at least ten (10) years of experience in the area of criminal law including misdemeanor, felony and/or federal cases. Practice must be in the area of criminal defense
Must be a member of the State Bar of Texas in good standing
Must be licensed by the State of Texas to practice law
Must have experience in drafting trial motions and memorandums of law
Must have managerial, budget and administrative experience. (to include running his/her own practice)
Must have some experience in the hiring of experts
Must have some knowledge and experience in forensics
Must have taken court appointments in criminal law matters
Must have a strong background in indigent and holistic defense Strong leadership skills; skill in supervising professional and clerical employees; skill in managing multiple projects simultaneously; skill in communicating effectively with diverse groups of individuals utilizing tact and diplomacy; skill in preparing and administering budgets

Ability to adjust to rapidly fluctuating situations; ability to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, County employees, Department Heads, Elected/Appointed Officials, outside organizations, attorneys, the news media and the public
Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation and clearance
Must clear a pre-employment physical and a pre-employment drug screentest
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
Working conditions are in an office environment
Occasionally moves items weighing up to 10 pounds
Occasionally move about the office
Frequently communicates with others; must be able to exchange accurate information
Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery
Positions self to perform essential functions
Must be able to remain in a stationary position

Individual Office/Department Conditions:
Tasks and special requirements unique to an individual office or department may be addressed through a separate list of detailed specifications prepared by that office/department and subject to approval by Human
Resources and the Civil Service Commission. Office/department specifications may not be more complex nor at a higher level of responsibility than any of those contained in this position description.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Candidates whose disabilities make them unable to meet these requirements will still be considered qualified if they can perform the Essential Functions of the job with reasonable accommodation

To apply: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$90,000-$158,556 depending on previous experience