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Attorney I / II (Juvenile, Protective Services & Appellate Division) – Dakota Country

Posted 1 year ago
Salary: Depends on QualificationsOPEN DATE: 01/06/22CLOSE DATE: 01/21/22POSITION
POSTING TYPE: Open-competitive
DEPARTMENT: County Attorney
HOURS: Full-time
LOCATION: Judicial Center, Hastings
UNION:  Attorney Employees’ Association
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022
SALARY RANGE: : The position level at which the offer is extended is based on the candidate’s ability to meet the minimum qualifications and the candidates relevant years of experience. The hiring ranges for the position are listed below.
*** Attorney I – $71,585 – 111,851***
*** Attorney II – $80,175 – $125,274***

Dakota County offers rewarding career opportunities that make a real difference in people’s lives. From maintaining roads to maintaining property records, protecting the environment to protecting our children’s health, finding homes for those in need to finding justice for crime victims — the work we do touches the lives of each of our residents every day. We’re proud of what we do. You can be too. Join our team of nearly 1,800 and launch a career where you can truly “Be More.”
We offer more than just careers that make a difference; we also offer competitive benefits, work life balance, and convenient work locations.  Will you be the next person to join us at Dakota County?

Attorneys in the JPSA Division of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office may be assigned to represent the interests of Dakota County in civil legal matters involving Child Protection, Civil Commitment or Guardianship/Conservatorship actions involving vulnerable adults.  This assignment may also include representing Dakota County in criminal legal matters involving Juvenile Delinquency, as well as other responsibilities as assigned by the County Attorney or supervising Division Head.  Under minimal supervision, the Attorney I/II performs work of varied and moderately complex difficulty involving administrative, civil and/or criminal law pertaining to juveniles.  
Our current vacancy is within the Juvenile, Protective Services & Appellate Division of the County Attorney’s Office. The specific assignment within the Division will be determined based upon the applicant’s experience and the needs of the Division but is expected to be in the areas of law related to Child Protection and Guardianship/Conservatorships.
The Dakota County Attorney’s Office welcomes and is inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and perspectives. The Office aims to reflect the community and clients it serves and fosters an equitable and respectful working environment where everyone is empowered to be their authentic selves.
The minimum qualifications listed below are written at the Attorney I level. You must meet these minimum requirements in order to continue in the recruitment and selection process.

• Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school;
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota by the date of hire.DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Provide advice to law enforcement personnel, child protection workers, adult protection workers, and/or civil commitment case managers regarding their legal authority and responsibilities associated with the investigation and pursuit of actions handled by the JPSA Division.
2. Represent Dakota County in various state and administrative hearings at pretrial, trial, and post-trial, as well as any resulting appellate actions.  This includes preparing assigned cases for contested hearings, trials or appellate arguments.
3. Review investigative reports pertaining to criminal activity as it relates to juvenile offenders to determine the appropriateness of a Delinquency Prosecution.
4. Comply with the Dakota County Attorney charging and disposition guidelines for the charging and resolution of matters referred to the office for Juvenile prosecution.
5. Draft complaints, petitions, warrants, motions, memoranda, findings, orders, stipulations, appellate briefs, and post-trial memoranda in support of a related juvenile prosecution(s).
6. Draft petitions, motions, memoranda, findings, orders, stipulations, and appellate briefs in support of civil actions involving Child Protection, Civil Commitment and/or Guardianship/Conservatorship matters involving vulnerable adults.
7. Meet with victims and/or witnesses for the purposes of explaining laws, court rules, court procedures, evidentiary rules, and case dispositions.
8. Provide training for law enforcement agencies, school resources officers, social workers and other case managers regarding applicable developments in the areas of law handled by the JPSA Division.
9. Attend staff and other required meetings.
10. Perform other duties as assigned by the JPSA Division Head, or County Attorney.
• Sufficient knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, statutes, and court rules to effectively and efficiently prosecute Juvenile Delinquency cases and/or resulting Appeals with minimal guidance and supervision.
 •Sufficient knowledge of state statutes, and court rules to effectively represent Dakota County in actions involving Child Protection, Civil Commitment and Guardianship/Conservatorship matters involving vulnerable adults.
• Knowledge of the applicable Rules of Professional Responsibility.
• Ability to analyze facts in light of applicable laws and evidentiary rules.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to plan, organize and present a case.
• Ability to perform work effectively, independently and in a timely manner.
• Competency in the use of computers, business software applications and Internet resources to perform essential job duties.
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed within a County office building. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to computer/laptop, printer, scanner, telephone, and copy machine.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.
Dakota County Employee Relations – Administration Center
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033-2372
651.438.4435EXAM #60300.22.001

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