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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2137 - EO Deputy Chief Public Defender

Job Description

GRADE: 316

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in assisting with the planning and management of the activities of the Public Defender’s Office; serves as Deputy Assistant to the Public Defender; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Public Defender office. Work involves responsibility for assigning work to staff and authority to make purchasing decisions within established parameters. General direction is received from the Public Defender and customarily and regularly directs the work of two or more other employees.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
• Serves as Deputy Assistant to the Public Defender and acts in the role in the absence of the Public Defender
• Oversees the law student internship program to include: hiring, supervising, evaluating, and scheduling daily activities to ensure school credit
• Assists in preparation of departmental budget and NLADA insurance renewal
• Reviews and approves all expenditures against department budget including budget transfers, payment vouchers, payroll change forms, expert witnesses and transcript requests
• Assists in determining office operating policy
• Administers attorneys’ mandatory continuing education duties (CLE)
• Oversees the scheduling of employees’ work assignments
• Counsels and monitors attorneys in the misdemeanor and juvenile or felony divisions to ensure that they are properly prepared and attends to cases in their assigned courtroom
• Attends meetings of the County Board and/or other committees when necessary
• Serves on various commissions and committees
• Personally represents clients
• Handles preliminary hearings on occasion
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions, including Attorney Regulation Discipline Committee issues
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Completes required training programs and stays current with County Emergency Management operational policies and procedures
• Supports the County Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems in preparedness, response and recovery efforts
• Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency
preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• The application of legal principles to individual cases or problems
• Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence
• The methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques in the presentation of cases in court
• Federal and state laws, regulations and County ordinances
• Effective supervisory techniques and practices
• Modern office management principles and practices
• Budgeting techniques and methods
• Management and leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Analyzing and appraising facts, evidence, precedents, and legal documents in complex and difficult cases
• Organizing legal materials in clear and logical form for effective verbal and written presentation
• Planning, organizing, scheduling, directing, supervising, and evaluating the work of others
• Training subordinate personnel
• Analyzing facts, exercising sound judgment, and in arriving at conclusions
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Graduation from an accredited law school, with specialization, or emphasis in municipal or criminal law, and six (6) years of experience in the practice of law, including experience in legal research and independent handling of trial work; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.