- Nature of Work, Essential Functions & KSA's
Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and have a dedication to service to the community? The City of Delaware is seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working self-starter for our Prosecutorial team. This is the opportunity to serve one of the fastest growing communities in Central Ohio and Money Magazines 100 Best Places to Live in America. The ideal candidate has a high degree of professionalism, excellent communication skills, and the ability to handle multiple cases at one time.
If we are describing you, then read on to learn more and apply online.Candidates who have not yet graduated or passed the bar are welcome to apply. Please note that if the successful candidate is a law student, he or she will be designated as a Legal Intern until passing the bar and being sworn in.
NATURE OF WORK
Under the direction of the Chief Prosecutor and City Attorney, this position is primarily responsible for performing professional legal work in preparing and prosecuting cases in the Delaware Municipal Court, including all violations of the City Charter, ordinances, and Ohio statutes. This position has a high degree of autonomy and works directly with multiple agencies including law enforcement, courts, and administration. Work is, at times, required to be performed outside normal working hours including attending City meetings outside regular business hours and serving on an on-call 24-hours/day rotation and assisting law enforcement personnel, as needed, at any time of any day.
- Makes charging decisions following review and evaluation of police reports in light of applicable law.
- Conducts trials and pretrial hearings.
- Prepares cases for trial and negotiates plea agreements.
- Prepares written motions, pleadings, arguments, and other memoranda.
- Reviews cases for negotiations, witnesses and discovery. Reviews legal documents in preparing cases for trial.
- Works on civil projects assigned by City Attorney including legal research, drafting, and reviewing documents.
- Participates in ongoing legal education to remain up-to-date on criminal and civil law.
- Skill in organizing work, setting priorities and meeting deadlines with minimal direction.
- Skill in dealing courteously and diplomatically with the general public.
- General knowledge of the general field of criminal law and procedure; Constitutional doctrines regarding the conduct of the police under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution; and under Article 1, Section 10 of the Ohio Constitution.
- General knowledge of the specific provisions of the Revised Code and Codified Ordinances pertaining to misdemeanor and traffic offenses and code infractions.
- Basic knowledge of federal, state and local laws pertaining to the rights of crime victims in misdemeanor cases.
- General knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to OMVI/DUI enforcement and procedures relating to administrative license suspensions.
- General knowledge of all stages of the criminal justice system and of municipal government; court procedures and applicable rules.
- Functional knowledge of computer applications and hardware related to the performance of the essential functions of the job.
- General knowledge of prosecutorial duties, as outlined in the City of Delaware Charter, the Ohio Revised Code, the Rules of Criminal Procedures, the Code of Professional Responsibility and other applicable laws and Constitutional case decisions, as well as, generally accepted professional standards of performance for public prosecutors.
- Ability to conduct extensive legal research; assemble investigative information; plan, organize and develop trial strategies and prepare various motions, legal memoranda, related documents and correspondence with a high degree of professional competence.
- Ability to communicate effectively and in a professional manner, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to speak effectively and deliver effective presentations before groups and in a courtroom setting.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, city officials, all local law enforcement officers, court personnel and the general public.
- Ability to effectively prosecute a heavy caseload while maintaining administrative efficiency within the City Prosecutor's Office.
- Ability to effectively deal with crime victims and witnesses in a considerate manner.
- Illustrative Examples of Work / Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK
- Serve as a legal advisor to local law enforcement personnel by keeping them apprised of relevant changes in criminal law and procedure through periodic in-service training and regular consultation.
- Interviews witnesses, victims, attorneys and law enforcement officers, and presents arguments in court. Appears against accused in court of law and presents evidence before a judge or jury. Confers with defense attorneys and/or witnesses in disputed cases and negotiates plea agreements when it is appropriate to do so.
- Responsible for the conduct of all misdemeanor investigations and inquiries made in order to carry out the various prosecutorial duties as noted above.
- Responsible for prosecuting appeals to and from the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals, including the timely submission of legal briefs and other required court papers and the presentation of oral arguments.
- Serve as assistant city attorney on matters including annexation, easements, contracts, construction law and bankruptcy as needed.
- Manages docket of criminal income tax cases.
- Serve as full-time assistant prosecutorial representative of all local law enforcement agencies appearing in the Delaware Municipal Court on misdemeanor, traffic, and code enforcement cases and for the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in license suspension appeal hearings.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Majority of work is performed in an office environment or courtroom where the physical demands require sitting and standing for extended periods of time; frequent use of computers and standard office equipment; may work under stress of deadlines.
- Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and to communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
- Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written materials on a computer for extended periods of time.
- Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and computer systems.
- Sufficient ability and strength to lift, carry, or otherwise move objects up to ten (10) pounds for varying distances.
- Training, Experience, and Qualifications
- Any combination of training and experience which will indicate possession of the skills, knowledge and abilities listed above. Recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. If the selected candidates is a recent law school graduate who has not been licensed in the State of Ohio, he or she will be classified as a legal intern until he or she registers as an attorney with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, and a Juris Doctorate or equivalent degree from an accredited law school.
- Demonstrated courtroom and trial experience is preferred but not required.
- Demonstrated adherence to appropriate rules of professional and ethical conduct as set forth in the Code of Professional Responsibility, or as otherwise prescribed by law or generally accepted professional standards.
- Demonstrated brief writing experience and clear, concise writing style.
- Must be a member, in good standing, of the bar of the State of Ohio.
- Must pass an extensive background check.
- Supplemental Information / Special Requirements
This position is part of the Management Pay Plan. Details about the compensation and benefits for this position can be found in the agreement by clicking here.
The class specification which appears above is intended to be sufficient merely to identify the class and be illustrative of the kinds of duties that may be assigned to the position allocated to the class and should not be interpreted to describe all of the duties which may be required of employees holding a position assigned to this class.
The City of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), the City of Delaware will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.