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Assistant Public Defender I/ Attorney

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Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. VIDC does not accept "see resume" as a response to any question. Information on the application is the primary source used for screening the position. Applications should include complete work and salary history, contact information for all current and prior employers, reasons for leaving all prior employment and explanations for any periods of unemployment. Blank fields in the application are considered incomplete applications and will be disqualified. You will receive a confirmation number once your application has been successfully submitted. Edits cannot be made to the application once you have received a confirmation number. Phone calls are not accepted regarding an inquiry to the status of an application. Please refer to RMS for status updates.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Assistant Public Defender I/ Attorney
Role Title Non-Classified
Job Open Date 09/13/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range 51,634
Agency Indigent Defense Commission (848)
Agency Website http://www.indigentdefense.virginia.gov/index.htm
Location Pulaski - 155
Sublocation
Position Number 31005
Job Posting Number 1029197
Type of Recruitment General Public - G
Does this position have telework options? No
Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No
Job Type Full-Time (Salaried)
Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1
Pay Band UG
Job Description

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Pulaski Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney, who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is
dedicated to protecting the rights and dignity of our clients through zealous, compassionate, high-quality legal advocacy. The Assistant Public Defender reports to the Public Defender of the Pulaski Office and is employed at will. A successful candidate is subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check. Starting salary will be $51,634.

Duties:
Duties include conducting client and witness interviews, working with staff investigators to investigate cases, filing pretrial motions and litigating motions. The attorney will be responsible for trying cases in the General District, Juvenile, and Circuit Courts, as well as identifying appropriate sentencing alternatives for clients. Research, write and argue appeals before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia. Responsible for identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance.

Minimum Qualifications

The Attorney must have the basic knowledge of criminal law, criminal defense procedures, court practices and procedures, legal codes and precedents, client file maintenance, internet search methods, and Virginia Criminal Law. Also, should have basic familiarization with Constitutional Law & Standards of Practice for Indigent Defense Representation. The attorney must be familiar with southwest Virginia.

The qualified candidate should be able to receive direction from multiple resources and have the working skills to analyze probable outcomes of cases. Must be able to analyze client records, evaluate client’s needs, and recommend programs as well as work independently and dependently in a fast paced, team driven environment. Must be able to communicate and interact with the public, office colleagues and judicial system personnel and be very detail oriented. The ability to learn and accept constructive criticism is important as well as the ability to respond quickly and effectively in addressing issues and questions. Should have the ability to prepare legal briefs, prepare appeals, evaluate findings and develop strategies based on the findings. The ability to argue effectively and persuasively in a court room setting, respond quickly and effectively addressing issues and questions, master subject matter and prepare cases thoroughly is required.

Applicants must have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Virginia State Bar. Candidates sitting for the July 2017 bar exam are invited to apply. The qualified applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as well as the ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments and remain organized. A valid driver’s license and the means to travel to all courts and regional jails are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience in representing indigent defendants in a Public Defender Office or as a Court Appointed attorney, or internship doing the same is preferred. Applicants that are VIDC certified and familiar with southwest Virginia are preferred.

Special Requirements

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a fingerprint-based criminal background check, verification of employment history and reference verification.

Applicants must submit a complete state application, resume, references and cover letter addressed to Cynthia Dodge, Public Defender online. Failure to follow all instructions and successfully submit your application will mean your application will not be considered.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. VIDC does not accept “see resume” as a response to any question. Information on the application is the primary source used for screening the position. Applications should include complete work and salary history, contact information for all current and prior employers, reasons for leaving all prior employment and explanations for any periods of unemployment. Blank fields in the application are considered incomplete applications and will be disqualified.

You will receive a confirmation number once your application has been successfully submitted. Edits cannot be made to the application once you have received a confirmation number. Phone calls are not accepted regarding an inquiry to the status of an application. Please refer to RMS for status updates.

Contact Information

Name
Phone
Fax
Email hr@adm.idc.virginia.gov
Address

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
    • State Recruitment Management System (RMS)
    • Agency Website or Bulletin Board
    • Job Board (Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Newspaper or Professional Journal (Please specify below)
    • Career Fair or Job Event (Please specify below)
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Radio/TV (Please specify below)
    • Other (Please specify below)
  4. * Please specify the actual source from your response to question #3 above (Name of newspaper, Journal Title, Job Board, Career Fair, Agency Website, Social Media Type, etc.) If unknown or none, enter: N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Have you previously worked for Virginia Indigent Defense Commission? If yes, please indicate the location and direct supervisor(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Have you ever been terminated or asked to resign from any position? If yes, please explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents