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Deputy District Attorney II

Contra Costa County, California, United States

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Deputy District Attorney's Association

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is committed to seeking justice and enhancing public safety for all our residents. To achieve this, we work tirelessly to determine the best outcome for all parties in the criminal justice system by ethically and responsibly considering each case.

The District Attorney's Office is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill two (2) Deputy District Attorney II vacancies.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Committed to public service
  • Able to exercise good judgment and thoughtfully exercise prosecutorial discretion
  • Able to pursue just results in an ethical and responsible manner
  • Self-motivated and able to handle a large volume of cases
  • Enthusiastic about principles and application of criminal law
  • Able to communicate effectively with all persons
  • Innovative and efficient at legal research methods
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Interviewing and advising victims about criminal cases and court processes
  • Conducting preliminary felony hearings, grand jury proceedings and trying felony and misdemeanor cases
  • Filing and reviewing criminal complaints and informations
  • Collaborating with defense attorneys and judges to discuss plea agreements
  • Researching and writing legal points and authorities and presenting them in court
  • Preparing pleadings and other papers in connection with trials, hearings and other legal proceedings
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will work in a fun and dynamic environment with others who have strong values and integrity
  • You will serve the community through the daily pursuit of justice
  • You are passionate about working in a courtroom environment and will have the honor of representing the People of the State of California
  • You will be challenged daily in a fast-paced work environment
  • You will meet with diverse members of our community from all backgrounds and thoughtfully consider their perspective as you pursue each case
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • Managing multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Working as part of team and ensuring that your level of preparation sets others up for success
  • You will need to stay current and adjust to trial and hearing procedures

Competencies Required:
  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Legal & Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Negotiating: Reaching mutually satisfying agreements and compromise
  • Teamwork: Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
  • Strategic Thinking & Perspective: Evaluating immediate actions in context of achieving long range objective

To read the complete job description, please visit the website:

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state Motor Vehicle Operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

Registration: Active membership in the State Bar of California.

Experience: One (1) year of full-time experience as a Deputy District Attorney I in Contra Costa County or prosecutor in a local, state, or federal organization.

Selection Process

  • Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.
  • Oral Interview: Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online interview. The interview will measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the job. In the interview, candidates must achieve an average passing score of 70% or higher on each of the competencies, as well as an overall passing score of 70% or higher. The oral interview will be conducted to measure candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities in job related areas which may include, but are not limited to: Critical Thinking, Legal & Regulatory Navigation, Professional Integrity & Ethics, Negotiating, and Strategic Thinking & Perspective (Weighted 100%)
The Oral interview is tentatively scheduled to take place online 7/2 - 7/7/2024
The interview will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment, as well as computer or mobile device with a camera.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Melissa Moglie at [email protected]. For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.
After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
DISASTER SERVICE WORKER All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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