The hiring salary range for this position is typically $108,653.00 up to $146,682.00 DOE. The full Salary Range Grade 22 is $108,653.00 - $184,710.00.
This position is open until filled with the first review of applications on Monday, December 9, 2019.
JOB SUMMARY Under administrative direction of the County Manager or Deputy County Manager, this position is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the system providing public defense services in Pinal County. This position plans, coordinates, and administers the functions and activities of the Public Defense Services Department in accordance with the County's mission and objectives. Goals are accomplished through the management and oversight of department leadership.
At-Will Notice:This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System. Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority. The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is "at will" the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause.
Example of Duties:
TYPICAL CLASSIFICATION ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Plans, organizes and directs all functions, programs and activities of the Public Defense Services Department.
Analyzes and resolves individual and system related issues of a complex and/or highly sensitive nature.
Oversees the operations and management, planning and budget development, policies, procedures and practices for departments/activities within the Public Defense Services system.
Coordinates departments' objectives and efforts and analyzes all department and system results.
Determines the Public Defense Services Department's organizational structure and personnel needs, developing policies for the selection, training, supervision and evaluation of professional, technical, and clerical staff.
Designs the internal operation and administrative controls necessary for the orderly disposition of cases in the defender, assigned counsel, and contract counsel divisions.
In consultation and collaboration with Public Defense Services leadership, identifies and implements best practices and evidence-based practices in public defense system management to promote delivery of high-quality, cost-effective public defense services in Pinal County.
Develops and reviews relevant County policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state guidelines and regulations relative to Public Defense Services and County operations.
Formulates and implements Public Defense Services Department administrative procedures and policies, analyzes effectiveness, and directs changes to meet statutory requirements.
Establishes policies and guidelines for negotiation of contracts and directs such negotiations.
Responsible for contract administration and/or grant administration. Confers with staff regarding contractor negotiations and selection ensuring appropriate protocol is followed. Oversees grant applications submissions and compliance. Reviews periodic reports for contract/grant compliance and to ensure target goals are met.
Monitors effective performance of assigned counsel and contract attorneys. Provides for reasonable fees for their services and assures realistic costs for support and professional services.
Reviews proposed and new legislation affecting public defense or the administration of criminal or juvenile justice and advised County management on impact.
Works collaboratively with other stakeholders in the justice system while retaining appropriate independence to promote and protect the proper delivery of defense services
Responds to requests for information from County and the public.
Promotes and adheres to the workplace values of accountability, commitment, and teamwork to help enrich lives beyond expectation.
Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, customer records and restricted County information.
Perform other related duties as required.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of state of Arizona criminal and civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
Knowledge of ABA Guidelines and Arizona Guidelines for representation of defendants in capital cases.
Knowledge of operations, functions, procedures, rules, and policies of Arizona Superior Court and Appeals Court.
Knowledge of procedures and protocols for trial court, jury selection, arraignments, and other legal proceedings.
Knowledge of principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information and records for use in court and negotiations.
Knowledge of the duties, powers, authorities, and limitations of a Public Defender including rules of professional conduct and standards for ethical behavior.
Knowledge of legal research methods, techniques, sources, and databases.
Knowledge of felony case management principles, procedures, and techniques.
Knowledge of techniques of program development and evaluation, project economics and financial reporting.
Knowledge of budget preparation and evaluation.
Skill in interpreting and applying legal standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and County policies and procedures.
Skill in analyzing Public Defender issues, evaluating alternatives, and developing recommendations for solving problems.
Skill in planning, assigning, training, and supervising the work of others.
Skill in analyzing and organizing legal facts, evidence, and precedents in cases and presenting material in clear, logical form.
Skill in defending and litigating cases in a legal hearing and courtroom setting, and effectively presenting legal arguments.
Skill in verbal and written communication and exercising judgment and discretion in decision making.
Skill in negotiating contracts and managing contract compliance.
Ability to use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Ability to mediate and negotiate difficult and complex situations. Ability to review and analyze complex prosecutorial and defense issues and develop solutions.
Ability to evaluate and apply criminal and civil laws to information, evidence, and other data compiled.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with attorneys, and representatives of law enforcement agencies, courts, and other participants in the justice system.
Ability to use computer-based resources for research, analysis, creation, recording and maintenance of records, correspondence and related materials.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is light and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects. The work also requires the ability to handle, perform repetitive motion, hear, speak, and demonstrate mental and visual acuity.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires the ability to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs. Work is normally performed in an office environment with frequent travel to meetings, including evening meetings. Frequent contact with agency officials, staff and the public requires the incumbent to have the ability to communicate effectively in person, telephonically and written. May encounter agitated or hostile individuals.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM WORK:
Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
Ten years practicing law as a licensed attorney.
Must be licensed by the State Bar of Arizona to practice law in the State of Arizona.
Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona; remain active with all annual requirements; and maintain a clear criminal record.
Must past a thorough background investigation.
Valid Arizona State Driver's License at the time of appointment
Experience in criminal litigation including at least five years specializing in criminal defense; three of which involved supervisory or management responsibilities.
Experience handling a comprehensive caseload of criminal offenses to include capital cases and appeals.
Internal Number: 201900465
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