The Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney serves under the direction and at the pleasure of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. As the Chief Deputy, he/she is expected to act for the Commonwealth Attorney as assigned; to assist the Commonwealth Attorney to conduct long range planning and set policies and procedures to plan, organize, manage and direct the operation of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office; to serve as a senior member of the management team; to prosecute the most complex or sensitive cases; to manage and supervise all attorneys and administrative members of the team; and, to perform other duties as directed by the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Plans, organizes, directs, assigns and evaluates the work of attorneys engaged in prosecuting criminal cases in the General and Circuit Courts; assigns and rotates staff to assure that the difficulty and complexity of cases match the skill level of assigned attorney; sets objectives and performance standards; assures that staff is trained; prepares and monitors the office’s budget; prosecutes the most complex and sensitive cases; presents cases to the Grand Jury; coordinates prosecutions with the courts, law enforcement agencies, County Probation Department, and Attorney General's Office; interprets Attorney General's legal opinions; sets and implements policies and procedures for staff and law enforcement agencies; in complex cases approves recommendations of subordinate staff of when to prosecute, compromise, dismiss or retry; issues press releases; represents the Commonwealth Attorney at meetings and conferences as assigned; acts as a resource and internal consultant to staff, other County departments and local law enforcement agencies; prepares correspondence and reports; attends and/or conducts meetings and conferences; uses tact and discretion to establish and maintain effective relationships with other judicial agencies, victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and public at large; and, accurately maintain files, adequately documenting in writing all actions, providing sufficient justification to support recommendations.
Qualifications for Chief Deputy Position
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of Virginia criminal law;
Working knowledge of civil law;
Thorough knowledge of Virginia judicial procedures and the rules of evidence;
Thorough knowledge of legal research methods;
Thorough knowledge of effective courtroom presentation techniques and procedures;
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and training;
Working knowledge of budgeting procedures;
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of organization and management;
Working knowledge of work organization, simplification and layout;
Working knowledge of legislative review;
Some knowledge of governmental organization and functional responsibilities.
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the operation of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office;
Assign, train and evaluate the work of professional and support staff;
Exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment to solve difficult administrative, technical and personnel problems;
Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the courts, law enforcement agencies, staff and the public;
Prepare and present clear, concise and logical statement of facts, law, argument and technical and administrative reports;
Develop and implement policies, systems and procedures to improve operations;
Interpret, analyze, explain and apply complex laws, legal documents, rules and regulations.
Training and Experience:
Ten years of experience in the practice of the law, * including five years of criminal law / prosecution and/or defense
Seven years of experience in the administration and/or management of a multiple person law practice
Extensive felony jury trial experience
Ten years of supervisory and executive level management experience
We are looking for skilled litigators, community centric individuals, and innovative prosecutors. We are looking for you to join us!
About the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
We are an office of prosecutors that approach criminal justice holistically. The mission of the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is to address violations of criminal law and promote public safety pursue truth and justice by employing the highest ethical standards in preventing crime, protecting the innocent and prosecuting the guilty. We use our discretion to improve the overall fairness and efficacy of the criminal justice system, aspiring to reduce recidivism, victimization and incarceration by engaging our community partners towards solution-based dispositions.
About Loudoun County, Virginia
In 2019, Loudoun County was ranked as the 2nd happiest county in the United States. It is also one of the fastest growing counties in the United States – currently a population of over 415,000 people. Loudoun is known for its beautiful scenery, rich history, healthy diversity of expanding business opportunities, comfortable neighborhoods, and high-quality school system and public services.
Submit letter of interest and resume to: Buta.Biberaj@loudoun.gov
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