Attorney I/II/III

Ventura, CA
Full Time
Job #: 0217DAO-19AB(JMJ) Exp.: 2+ Years
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office is the public prosecutor for the county's 850,000 residents. Our office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

The Position
Under administrative direction, performs prosecutorial legal services as assigned by the District Attorney (D.A.). Responsible for an ongoing caseload and other assignments which require constant interaction with the public, other agencies and members of the legal profession.

While not required for the position, the ideal candidate will have experience appearing in court on contested matters, made arguments to the judge, and elicited evidence from witnesses. The ideal candidate also has some experience in a prosecutor's office either as an attorney or law student, has prepared contested motions, and has argued motions on behalf of the prosecution.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent and Extra Help vacancies within the District Attorney's Office (an Extra Help position is without benefits). The District Attorney's Office is currently seeking to fill three (3) Regular vacancies.

Work is assigned based upon the experience and professional competence of the attorney. Incumbents appointed at the lower levels of the class series may be promoted to higher levels within the series upon assumption of progressively responsible job assignments, satisfactory performance of such assignments, and having the corresponding amount of professional experience. No experience is required at the Attorney I level.

The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience and the Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.

For those with long term career aspirations as a prosecutor, there is also a Senior Attorney class which, under administrative direction, provides the most difficult professional prosecutorial services as assigned by the D.A. The Senior class is distinguished from subordinate classes by: (1) difficulty of work assignments; (2) incumbents' demonstrated excellence of professional performance; and (3) appointment to, and removal from, the classification at the discretion of the D.A.

Attorneys may receive an educational incentive of 5% for a post graduate degree that is not required for the classification. Attorneys may also be eligible for bilingual incentive, depending upon operational necessity and certification of skill.

Note: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further exam upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department. An individual appointed to extra-help by virtue of this recruitment may, dependent upon his/her performance as an extra help attorney, and the needs of the District Attorney's Office, be appointed to the permanent classification of Attorney.

Approximate Salaries:
Attorney I: $2978.81 - $3760.81 per biweek
Attorney II: $4022.47 - $4644.73 per biweek
Attorney III: $4875.36 - $5926.33 per biweek
Attorneys are represented by the Criminal Justice Attorneys Association of Ventura County (CJAAVC) and are exempt from overtime compensation.

Note: The County of Ventura's Personnel Rules and Regulations prohibit County attorneys from engaging in the private practice of law.

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Interview witnesses and analyze/evaluate evidence while preparing cases for trial under criminal law.
  • Appear on behalf of the People of the State of California at court hearings, make appropriate motions and pleas, and take other appropriate legal action.
  • Conduct trial prosecution by preparing strategies, ordering investigations and subpoenas, resolving legal issues through research, participating in jury selection, and presenting evidence and argument.
  • Negotiate disposition and modification of cases according to office policy.
  • Prepare reports, appeals, writs, and other legal documents.
  • Handle complex cases which may include misdemeanors, felonies, environmental or consumer fraud, special investigations and/or pursuit of appellate issues.
  • May also be assigned other tasks that require superior knowledge and skills at the department head's discretion.
  • May be assigned various supervisory and/or training responsibilities.
  • May make presentations to the public and community organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements to the exam process, possession of which assures neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

Education, Training and Experience:
Attorney I: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. No experience is required at the Attorney I level. Advancement in the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.

Attorney II: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. The Attorney II level requires a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year related Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.

Attorney III: Applicants must be law school graduates who have been licensed by the California Bar Association. Attorney III requires a minimum of four (4) years of legal experience. Experience may include up to one (1) year Law Clerk experience. Advancement within the series is dependent upon sustained meritorious performance.

Desired But Not Required: Experience conducting bench trials, jury trials, or preliminary examinations as an attorney and/or a law clerk.

Necessary Special Requirements: Must be an active member of the California State Bar Association and possess a valid California driver license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
Comprehensive knowledge of: rules of evidence, legal principles, criminal law and trial procedures; State and Federal law pertaining to specific trial assignments; legal research methods; ethical responsibilities outlined by the American Bar Association and California Bar Association.

Comprehensive ability to: perform legal research, investigate and analyze evidence and complex legal problems; communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare cases and provide legal counsel; prepare reports and legal documents; supervise and train staff as required; and deal effectively with clients, members of the legal profession, public officials, and the general public.

Recruitment Process
Final Filing Date: Applications must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura no later than 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

To apply on-line refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil services" style examination, then appointment by "lateral transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.

Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire, if applicable, to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be substituted in lieu of the application.

Supplemental Questionnaire - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from further consideration.

Application Evaluation – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the examination process.

Training and Experience Evaluation - qualifying: A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to supplemental questions. The T&E is a method for determining the better qualified applicants among those shown to meet the stated requirements. Using a T&E, applicants may be scored or ranked according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. When the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong and large, candidates are typically scored or ranked in relation to one another; consequently, some qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or lower resulting in them not being advanced in the process. Note: Your responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated. Therefore, it is in your best interest to thoroughly respond to the questions.

Oral Examination/Practical Examination - 100%: A job-related examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

An Oral Examination is tentatively scheduled for the week of October 1st, 2019. A verification email/letter will be sent confirming the test schedule and location details. All exams and interviews will be conducted in person at the District Attorney's Office. There will be no telephonic exams or interviews.

Note: If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral exam will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.

Background Investigation: Candidates under consideration for appointment will be required to successfully pass a thorough post-offer, pre-employment background investigation which will include inquiry into past employment, education, credit history, criminal background information, and driving record.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Jennifer Jennings by email at or by phone at (805) 477-1680.

Closing Date: 24th September, 2019
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