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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2139 - EO Public Defender

Job Description

GRADE: 318

Under administrative direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in planning, organizing, supervising and administering the activities of the Public Defender's Office; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs professional legal work with the responsibility for all phases of the activities conducted by the Public Defender's Office. The Public Defender assigns cases of indigent persons accused of crimes as designated by the Judge to the Deputy Public Defenders and supervises their handling of the cases to ascertain that the Public Defender's Office does everything possible to defend the accused competently within the rules of law and legal ethics.

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.

• Administers the activities of the Public Defender's Office
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Interviews prospective employees
• Selects and supervises employees
• Schedules employees' work assignments
• Trains subordinate staff
• Prepares office budget and operates within the budget
• Serves on various commissions and committees
• Determines office operating policy
• Prepares reports for the court and County as required by State law
• Meets with and cooperates with local colleges and universities in their intern programs
• Supervises an ongoing program of disseminating information on the latest decisions of the Appellate and Supreme Courts
• Personally represents clients
• Handles preliminary hearings on occasion and bond court matters
• Keeps abreast of developments in the field of criminal law
• 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
• The principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research
• 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
• Office management principles and practices
• 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 or written presentation
• Planning, scheduling, assigning, reviewing, and supervising the work of subordinate attorneys, and clerical and investigative personnel
• 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 approved School of Law, and ten years’ experience in professional legal work including three years’ experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity; 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.

Current license to practice law in the State of Illinois. Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver’s license.