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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2149 - EO First Assistant State's Attorney

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Full Time / Exempt
GRADE: 319

Under administration direction; serves as the chief operations officer; directs major divisions within the State’s Attorney’s Office; performs work of considerable difficulty in directing and coordinating the administrative affairs of the State’s Attorney’s Office; performs related work as required.

The employee in this position class serves as chief executive with responsibility for the administration of the various line functions in the State’s Attorney’s Office. The First Assistant is responsible for coordinating prosecution policy for both the Civil and Criminal Divisions as well as insuring sufficient administrative support to carry out those functions. Creates sentencing policy guidelines in criminal felony matters, including decisions by the State’s Attorney’s Office to seek the death penalty. Work is performed in accordance with general policies and the established standards and practices of the legal profession and is evaluated by the State’s Attorney through a review of plans and completed assignments. This position is distinguished from that of the Chief Assistant State’s Attorney by the depth and breadth of programs and staff supervised. The First Assistant must coordinate with other agencies such as the Circuit Court, Public Defender, Probation Department, Circuit Clerk, elected officials and local police departments.

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.

• Plan, develops and implements policy and procedures
• Plans for the efficient utilization of professional staff.
• Assigns and supervises professional personnel through the Division Chiefs.
• Confers with State’s Attorney on the integration of program activities and improvements in program functions.
• Evaluates employees and reviews performance standards with subordinates.
• Directs matters requiring joint coordination of activities.
• Coordinates and directs criminal prosecution, civil and investigative functions.
• Forecasts staff level requirements and prepares justification for additional personnel needs.
• Makes public contact and seeks out methods of responding to the needs of the public.
• Serves as liaison with business and the community.
• Responsible in the absence of the State’s Attorney.
• Handles special legal matters as required.
• Studies new legislation, court rules and opinions affecting the duties and responsibilities of the State’s Attorney’s Office.
• Prepares short and long term plans concerning the operations of the office.
• Assesses and reorganizes operational units as necessary to ensure efficient operations.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• 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:
• County codes and ordinances
• State and federal Constitutional and statutory provisions relating to municipalities and criminal law
• Municipal law, criminal law and appellate problems and procedures
• Organization, functions and legal limitations on the authority of various County Departments and/or procedural problems involved in the operation of such departments
• Administrative practices and techniques

Skill in:
• Analyzing appraising and organizing facts, evidence and precedents to ascertain the determining aspects of cases and present such material in a clear and logical form
• Determining alternate approaches in problems
• Presenting and arguing cases in court, handling unanticipated trial problems effectively and presenting cases on appeal
• Determining when to appeal
• Presenting and arguing cases in court

Ability to:
• Train and develop subordinate professional employees in legal research and verbal presentation methods and trial techniques
• Coordinate inter-divisional activities
• Analyze administrative problems and adopting an effective course of action
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form, and to produce desired outcomes timely and completely
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Juris Doctorate degree and nine (9) years of experience in the practice of law, including experience in legal research, lead worker experience and the independent handling of trial work and managing legal departments; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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.

Successfully complete the Illinois State Bar exam and be a member in good standing.