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Deputy District Attorney III/IV

Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: May 20, 2023

Job Description:


DDA III Salary: $115,849.77 - $139,922.61 Annually
DDA IV Salary: $132,987.11 - $187,043.52 Annually

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office has one current vacancy for a Deputy District Attorney III/IV. The current vacancy is located in Santa Maria. We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list to fill current and future vacancies in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. Please select all of the locations you are willing to accept employment for the current and future vacancies.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The mission of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office is to pursue truth and justice by employing the highest ethical standards in vigorously prosecuting the guilty, protecting the innocent, and preventing crime.

The District Attorney has offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. The Office embodies a "team" approach to fighting crime, wherein Deputy District Attorneys, Investigators, Victim Witness staff, and support staff work closely together at all stages of a case. The Office is also dedicated to ongoing training and skill development, as well as fostering the development of new technologies to fight crime and achieve justice. Specialized prosecution units exist for areas of great concern to the County including violent crimes, gangs, vulnerable victims, and white collar crime.

To learn more about the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, please visit:

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's must possess strong moral standards and adhere to ethical standards of the California Bar. Specifically, be disciplinary-free from Rules 3.8 and 5-110 Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Under direction, perform a variety of complex criminal investigations, trial preparations, and prosecution; and perform related work as required. Deputy District Attorney I/II/III/IV/Senior is a flexibly staffed series. Deputy District Attorney III is distinguished from Deputy District Attorney IV in that the latter handles the most difficult work and assists with the training of staff.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The candidate will have significant experience litigating complex cases that may include homicides, multiple defendant cases, gang cases, and/or child sex crimes. This experience must include complex legal research and writing. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience working closely with law enforcement agencies, and will have good communication and relationship building skills. The candidate must have the ability to a manage large volumes of work while making sound decisions in real time and while utilizing excellent judgement involving matters of public safety and a strong command of the California Rules of Evidence. Furthermore, candidates must have initiative, be organized, and work well as a team with colleagues.
Examples of Duties
1. Interviews and advises complainants and witnesses regarding prospective criminal or civil actions; studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and legal authorities for use in prosecuting cases;

2. Prepares legal pleadings such as complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, and judgments;

3. Prosecutes a variety of cases, including felony trails, misdemeanor trials and presentation of preliminary hearings;

4. Performs related work such as preparing petitions, complaints, reports, and correspondence.
Employment Standards
The employment standards for a Deputy District Attorney III are as follows:

Active membership in the State Bar of California AND

1. Two years experience as an attorney in the practice of public law or four years as a general practicing attorney; OR
2. One year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy District Attorney II with Santa Barbara County; OR
3. A combination of training , education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities and license.

Additional Qualifications For Both Positions: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: the organization, powers, and limitations of county governmental functions, civil and criminal codes, and the California Constitution; trial procedures and the rules of evidence; administrative law.

Ability to: appraise, interpret, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult legal problems; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; prepare, present and conduct trials effectively; perform legal research; work effectively with others.
Supplemental Information

  • Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 11 qualified candidates.
    Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire ranking assessment to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

    Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a background investigation, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. Appointee may be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a probationary period of twelve (12) months.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of the needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider, or learning institution.

    Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

    Statement of Commitment
    The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

    We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

    We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

    Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

    BENEFITS: For more information on County benefits, please visit . In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:
  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate
    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 4:59 PM PST; postmarks are not accepted. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

    Collin Graham, Senior Employment Analyst -

Keywords: County of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria , Deputy District Attorney III/IV, Legal , Santa Maria, California

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