Asst Public Defender
County of Alameda - Oakland, CA

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 1. Current active membership and good standing with the State Bar of California.

2. Valid California motor vehicle operator's license.

Experience:
Either
The equivalent of three years of full-time experience in the class of Deputy Public Defender in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Or
The equivalent of seven years of increasingly responsible experience as a trial attorney in the field of criminal law, with a caseload and duties comparable to attorneys working in a metropolitan public defender agency; the equivalent of at least one year in a supervisory or administrative capacity in a public defender office or law firm with similar cases and responsibilities.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies :

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Philosophy and practice of public defense in the United States.
· Law, ethics, and policies governing the Public Defender's office.
· Principles of training and supervision.
· Legal principles and procedures followed in the processing of criminal cases.
· Scope and character of California statutory and constitutional law.
· Principles of public administration and personnel management.
· Legal source materials.

Abilities:

· Assist in the training and supervision of personnel in the Public Defender's Office.
· Legal preparation in difficult and complex matters.
· Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
· Gather, analyze and apply legal data and evidence.
· Present legal arguments effectively in oral and written form.
· Inspire confidence in clients and work effectively with colleagues and representatives of other agencies.
· Decision making.
· Interpersonal sensitivity.
· Flexibility.
· Performance in a stressful environment.
· Defend felony cases at the pretrial and jury trial level, including advanced litigation techniques and preservation of the trial record by making timely and appropriate trial objections and motions, and demonstrated knowledge of and facility in addressing difficult sentencing issues.
· Assist in the planning, organization, and supervision of the Public Defender's Office.
· Represent the department in disciplinary proceedings.
· Understand the problems of court administration and work with the courts so clients do not suffer through poor administration in represented cases.
· Supervise and/or conduct the evaluation of the performance of professional staff, including Assistant Public Defenders, Deputy Public Defenders, and Associate Public Defenders.
· Assume management of the Office of the Public Defender in emergency situations.
· Represent the Public Defender's Department in meetings with other County departments and agencies, outside agencies, and the County Board of Supervisors.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the "What You Need To Know" section of our website: www.acgov.org/hrs .

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS

Selection Plan Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Tentative Selection Plan :

Deadline for Filing: 5:00 p.m. February 18, 2013
Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Review for “Ideal Candidate”: March 5, 2013. Your supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed in order to be considered for th next phase of the selection process.
Oral Panel Interviews: March 20, 2013

THIS IS A PROMOTIONAL EXAM
YOU MUST BE AN ALAMEDA COUNTY EMPLOYEE TO APPLY


Current employment and completion by ( February 18, 2013 ), of the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes the District Attorney’s Office, the Medical Center, and the Superior Court). A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.

THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in the Ideal Candidate section of this brochure. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection proces.

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773. To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

**WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN.

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