Nature of Work
Coconino County promotes a transformational leadership philosophy which elicits employee growth, cultivates inspiration and creates future leaders by empowering employees to solve internal and external customer needs and exceed customer service expectations. As an award-winning organization with high regard for cultural diversity and the positive contributions of the many thriving cultures within our county, our nation, and our society, Coconino County leads a variety of initiatives that celebrate diversity; from our Annual Diversity Day, and monthly Heritage Lunch & Learns, to book clubs, and professional development academies which target diverse workforce segments. Coconino County's respect for diversity is shared throughout the organization. Come be part of this optimistic, innovative team where outstanding customer service creates dynamic solutions and engages leadership at every level.
Attorneys perform prosecution functions and civil representation for the County and County Departments, legal representation for clients needing publicly assisted representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, dependency and severance of parental rights cases following appointment by the courts of Coconino County; and perform related duties as required. Advancement in classification is within the discretion of the Department Director based upon attorney performance.
The level and complexity of assignments vary with the level of the position; however, all classes perform the following:
• Manages caseloads, which include interviewing and advising clients on their legal rights and obligations
• Analyzes case material after investigations; conducts legal research as required
• Prepares cases for presentation in court; appears in court and represents clients or the State at court hearings
• Prepares and submits legal documents to the courts on behalf of clients or the State
• Writes, or word-processes correspondence and reports
• Maintains accurate records and files
Essential functions of this position include but are not limited to: driving; sitting; working with and around others; dealing with interruptions; repetitive motion (hand/wrist) for computer work; vision acuity (near) for routine office and customer service duties; hearing and speech for ordinary conversation; finger dexterity for typing and paperwork.
Attorney II is distinguished from Attorney I by the greater difficulty of cases assigned and the lesser degree of supervision received. Incumbents perform legal work of increasing difficulty. (Minimum of one and one-half years of experience required).
Additional Requirements: When applying, application must include a cover letter, resume, and substantive writing sample. Please use your cover letter to describe your experience in criminal prosecution. Applicants who do not submit the required items will not be considered.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Federal and Arizona civil statutory and case law; Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure; civil law principles and procedures and their application; rules of evidence; and principles and techniques of legal research. The ideal candidate will also have the skills and abilities to analyze and apply legal principles and practices; prepare, organize, and prosecute civil cases; interview witnesses and complainants; advocate a wide range of civil cases; prepare motions, orders, pleadings and other legal documents; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff and representatives from outside agencies.
Preferred Qualifications: Civil litigation and/or criminal trial experience in the Arizona Court System; appellate experience; local government public practice experience.
This position is exempt from overtime.
This position is safety sensitive.
Note: Individuals in exempt classifications as part time employees may be classified as non-exempt per FLSA law regarding minimum weekly salary requirements.
Current active membership in the State Bar of Arizona. Possession of, or ability to attain, a valid Arizona driver's license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Considerable knowledge of:
- Substantive law, rules of evidence, trial and court procedures, legal principles and research methods commensurate with the level of experience of the class
- Computer applications related to the work
- Standard legal office practices and procedures
- Techniques for dealing with individuals of varying races, genders, ethnicity and ages, some of whom may have physical or emotional problems and who appear to be difficult, confused or hostile
• Ability and Skill in:
- Interviewing a variety of individuals and soliciting needed information to determine facts/circumstances
- Developing effective strategies for client representation
- Analyzing cases and applying legal principles
- Presenting statements of law clearly and logically in written and verbal form
- Presenting an effective case in court
- Managing an assigned caseload
- Preparing clear, concise, accurate and effective legal documents, reports, correspondence and other written materials
-Maintaining accurate records and files
- Using sound independent judgment within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines
- Communicating logically and effectively with a diverse group of clients, witnesses, judges, law enforcement officials, other attorneys and employees of various agencies and departments
- Demonstrating patience, tact, courtesy and compassion
- Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work
- Working cooperatively with colleagues to accomplish the policies and goals of the office
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.