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The Kitsap County Office of Public Defense is staffed with outstanding attorneys dedicated to providing very high quality representation to individuals charged with felony crimes.

We have an exciting opportunity for a SUPERVISING PUBLIC DEFENDER - ATTORNEY 3 to join our team. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising other public defenders as well as preparing and trying complex felony cases in Superior Court.

This is an "at will" appointed position. An "at will" employee's continued employment with the County is at the discretion of the Chief Public Defender and his/her appointment may be revoked at any time with or without cause and without right to appeal.

**This position will be posted until filled.**

The initial screening of applications will occur the week of February 15th and
the first round of video interviews are tentatively planned for the week of March 1st.
Organization: Kitsap County Office of Public Defense
Location: Port Orchard,  WA 
United States
Salary: $89,336.00 - $126,276.80 Annually
Posting Start Date: 2/2/2021
Date Posted: 2/2/2021

Reguired Education and Experience:

• Juris Doctorate from a recognized and accredited law school; AND,
• Ten years of criminal trial work experience; AND,
• An active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.

Preferred Experience:
• Sufficient trial experience to be qualified to handle all levels of felonies at trial
• Experience working with Kitsap County Courts
• Death Penalty Certification
• Supervisory and/or leadership experience

Criminal Conviction Standards:
• The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which will include fingerprinting.

Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: 

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) 
Work is performed in an office/courtroom/jail environment with off-site visits to interview witnesses, view alleged crime scenes, attend mental health evaluations in mental hospitals, etc. as necessary.
Courtroom trial activity requires the ability to communicate effectively and respond appropriately to courtroom activity and circumstances as they arise.
Must have the ability to read police reports, medical and mental health evaluations, operate a computer, and work in what is frequently a high stress environment.
Incumbents may be exposed to hostile individuals while in the courtroom setting, while visiting sites and interviewing witnesses, especially at off-site locations.


In this role, you will have opportunity to:
Preparing and trying, with little supervision, primarily felony level criminal cases in Superior Court, and handling appeals (when necessary) to the Washington State Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, often involving complex litigation. In addition, handle occasional misdemeanor cases, a full felony caseload and high profile cases, including Aggravated Murder cases.
Monitor case loads of public defenders in unit as the office increases in size, maintain the office standards for case assignments, caseloads, and case dispositions, while mentoring newer public defenders toward becoming highly effective courtroom advocates.
Assist the Chief Public Defender in coordinating and monitoring the myriad indigent defense contracts between the county and local law firms and solo practitioners.
Attend meetings and discharge duties in place of the Chief Public Defender as directed.
Work with outside entities as necessary to promote the overall goals of county-wide effective indigent defense services including expert witness and investigation resources, conflict attorney panels, mental health advocates, and court, prosecuting attorney, and corrections staff members.
Appellate unit: Perfect Notice of Appeal after trials, and occasionally handle appeal in limited, appropriate situations.
Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships with clients, subordinates, opposing counsel, court, prosecutor, and corrections staff alike using tact, patience, courtesy, and when the occasion may call for it, humility.
Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes. May often be required to work over 40 hours in a workweek.
Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
Classified as "at will". lncumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the Chief Public Defender.
Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.


614 Division St, MS#23A
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360 .337.7185

Status: This listing expires on: 3/4/2021
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Kitsap County Office of Public Defense

Port Orchard,  WA 98366
United States
(360) 337-7185
Desirae Ada
Fighting for justice and balance in civil courts.