DEPUTY COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

Recruitment #20-137-2003

Introduction

The mission of the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is to pursue truth and justice by employing the highest ethical standards in preventing crime, protecting the innocent and prosecuting the guilty.

The Office is also dedicated to ongoing training and skill development, as well as fostering the development of new technologies to fight crime and achieve justice. Specialized prosecutions exist for areas of great concern to the County including drugs, gangs, vulnerable victims, and white collar crime. In addition, our office leads and participates in specialty courts such as Drug Court and Mental Health Treatment Court. We will collaborate with community stakeholders towards establishing DUI Court, Restorative Justice Court, and Veterans' Treatment Court to improve the success rate of rehabilitation for criminal defendants in addition to reducing crime.

Job Description

Typical Responsibilities:

Plans, organizes, directs, assigns and evaluates the work of attorneys engaged in prosecuting criminal cases in the General and Circuit Courts; assigns and rotates staff to assure that the difficulty and complexity of cases match the skill level of assigned attorney; sets objectives and performance standards; assures that staff is trained; prosecutes the most complex and sensitive cases; presents cases to the Grand Jury; coordinates prosecutions with the courts, law enforcement agencies, County Probation Department, and Attorney General's Office; sets and implements policies and procedures for staff and law enforcement agencies; in complex cases approves recommendations of subordinate staff of when to prosecute, compromise, dismiss or retry; represents the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney at meetings and conferences as assigned; acts as a resource and internal consultant to staff, other County departments and local law enforcement agencies; prepares correspondence and reports; attends and/or conducts meetings and conferences; uses tact and discretion to establish and maintain effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and public at large; and, accurately maintain files, adequately documenting in writing all actions, providing sufficient justification to support recommendations.

The Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney serves under the direction and at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. As a Deputy, he/she reports to the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and is expected to perform duties as assigned; to assist the Commonwealth Attorney to develop long range plans and set policies and procedures to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office; to serve as a senior member of the management team; to prosecute the most complex or sensitive cases; to manage and supervise all attorneys and administrative members of the team; and, to perform other duties as directed by the Commonwealth Attorney or her Chief Deputy.

Job Requirements

Requires a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from and accredited law school and a license to practice in Virginia; four (4) years of experience as a licensed practicing attorney preferably in criminal law / prosecution and/or defense. Applicants must be members in good standing with the Virginia State Bar. Extensive jury trial experience preferred. Executive level management experience also preferred.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

The successful candidate will undergo a criminal background check, which includes a conviction history. The appointee serves at the pleasure of the Commonwealth Attorney.

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