Chief Deputy City Attorney, Neighborhood Prosecution & Collaborative Courts Unit
The Office of the City Attorney has an opening in the Criminal Division for a Chief Deputy City Attorney in the Neighborhood Prosecution and Collaborative Courts Unit (NPU). The NPU Unit works closely with partner agencies on problem-oriented policing projects. NPU deputies review cases at assigned divisions of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). Deputies interface regularly with partner agencies to identify creative approaches and innovative solutions to improving the quality of life for all San Diegans. Those partner agencies include the SDPD, the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Superior Court, County Health and Human Services, various town councils, neighborhood associations, and social service providers. In addition, NPU Deputies manage collaborative court calendars and alternative sentencing programs such as the Community Justice Initiative, SMART Prosecution Initiative, Veteran’s Treatment Court, Behavioral Court, Homeless Court, the Prostitution Impact Panel, and Beach Area Community Court.
The Chief Deputy will supervise all assigned NPU prosecutors and will report directly to the Assistant City Attorney. Responsibilities include leadership and management of the Unit and all assigned personnel; supervising and training deputies, in and out of court; reviewing attorney work product; and providing constructive feedback to assist with attorney development. The Chief Deputy will ensure that internal procedures are followed and provide solutions to deputies and staff when problems arise. The Chief Deputy will represent the office in court, to the public, and to other law enforcement agencies.
Applicants must possess extensive knowledge and practical experience in the areas of law handled by the Unit. Candidates must have proven leadership and management ability, extensive prosecution experience, strong oral and written communication skills, be practical problem solvers, and work effectively as part of a team. They must also have demonstrated leadership ability, including the ability to build trust by delegating authority, holding those they supervise accountable, with the full understanding that a leader cannot delegate responsibility.
Candidates must have at least five years’ experience in criminal prosecution; strong criminal justice background; proven experience with collaborative courts and alternative sentencing programs; strong legal writing and oral presentation skills; and extensive experience working with the San Diego Police Department.
To be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample on or before 5:00 p.m., July 29, 2016 to:
- Gina Coburn,
Director Internal Communications/Employee Relations
Resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. Successful applicants must pass a criminal background check.
Physical Demands and Working Environment:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
- Environment: Standard office setting. Work is performed indoors in offices and in meeting rooms.
- Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment.
The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.