Assistant District Attorney – CPS/Civil

LOCATION:       Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Wichita County Courthouse
SUPERVISOR:    Criminal District Attorney / First Assistant District Attorney
HOURS:              8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (Additional hours may be required)
SALARY:            $58,439.16-$62,886.00 per year, 34B on County Salary Classification Table, plus benefits
POSTING DATE: August 14, 2020
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

►  GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Serves as an Assistant District Attorney in the Wichita County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – handling Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and mental health cases and other civil duties as assigned.

►  ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Provides direct representation in court in legal cases for both Child Protective Services and to a lesser degree Adult Protective Services before the CPS Associate Court, County Courts at Law and District Courts, including hearings, mediations, bench trials, and jury trials.
  • Provides expertise, guidance and instruction in family law, civil litigation, probate law, guardianship law, elder law and agency policy.
  • Monitors the progress of all CPS/APS court cases as assigned and takes appropriate measures.
  • Drafts all pleadings and orders in a high-volume case load to ensure the timely and appropriate resolution of those cases from removal to termination.
  • Complies with all deadlines imposed by statutes or the courts.
  • Interacts routinely with caseworkers, supervisors, program directors and program administrators; agency attorneys, county and district attorneys, and opposing counsel; judges; agency clients, witnesses, medical professionals, community professionals, and expert witnesses; protective services clients; elected officials; law enforcement; and the general public.
  • Review and approve pleadings, attend hearings, and draft appellate briefs in mental health cases.
  • Respond to request for public information in compliance with the Public Information Act.
  • Maintains assigned cases, supervises secretaries in preparation of paperwork, checks all pleadings for accuracy, makes timely issue of applications for subpoenas and prepares and files motions promptly and accurately.
  • Complies with and enforces the rules, regulations and policies of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the oral and written directives of his/her supervisors and the Texas Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • Is of extremely high integrity, professional demeanor and demonstrates proper respect to the court at all times.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

►  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a graduate of an A.B.A. accredited law school.
  • Must have a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State and local bar associations.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of civil law, procedure and civil rules of evidence.
  • Must have knowledge of the principals and methods of legal research.
  • Must have the ability to analyze facts and case precedents and present them effectively in court.
  • Must be able to conduct self in a professional manner and develop and maintain good working relationships with visitors, clients, co-workers, attorneys, judges and County officials.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical exam and drug test paid by Wichita County.
  • Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by Wichita County.

►  CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must be able to occasionally lift and move loads weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • The Criminal District Attorney’s Office is a non-smoking environment.
  • START DATE:  Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

►  APPLY TO:

To be considered for employment, please submit your completed Wichita County Employment Application, cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to:

Office of the Criminal District Attorney
Wichita County, Texas
ATTN: LaDonna Bedford
900 7th Street, Suite 352
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:  It is the policy of Wichita County to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job categories without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  It is the policy of Wichita County to consider qualified individuals according to ADA standards.  If notified in advance, requested accommodations will be considered.  Final reasonable accommodations will be determined in accordance with ADA standards by departments after appropriate consultation.  Rejected accommodations will be documented and retained on file. 

TEXAS RELAY:  TDD 1-800-735-2989, VOICE 1-800-735-2988.  For candidates requesting Braille, Mobility requests, etc., please call (940) 766-8108.  HR/ADA Compliance Office, Room 133, Wichita County Courthouse, 900 7th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.­