Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Mid Level to Experienced - 2 openings
About the Office
The Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is seeking to hire two experienced criminal law practitioners. We are open to filling positions at the DPA I, II, and III Levels (see “Additional Information” below) and welcome applications from qualified attorneys with three years to three decades of criminal law experience. This posting will remain open until both positions are filled.
The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting all adult and juvenile felonies that occur within Snohomish County, as well as misdemeanor and gross misdemeanors that occur in unincorporated areas.
The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to the responsible exercise of its prosecutorial discretion in ways that best serve our diverse community. We do so by supporting and advocating for crime victims and their families, holding individuals who harm others and commit crimes accountable, and preserving and protecting the rights of the accused. It is our mission to pursue justice fairly, firmly, and ethically, and to help create safe and livable communities for everyone while maintaining the trust and respect of those we humbly serve. We are also dedicated to pursuing innovative alternatives to traditional prosecution that include embedded therapeutic programs designed to address the root causes of criminal behavior. As an office, we highly value hard work, teamwork, and a healthy work-life balance.
Snohomish County is in northwest Washington State between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Just 15 miles north of Seattle, the county is rich in scenery with abundant opportunities for outdoor activities and has a thriving economy. It is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and play. https://snohomishcountywa.gov/
Snohomish County offers a generous total compensation package. For example, total compensation for a full time third year criminal deputy prosecuting attorney I is $112,093.00. This includes a gross annual salary of $79,207.00 and annual benefits with a current approximate value of $32,886.00. (The COLA for 2023 has yet to be determined, and when it has, these numbers will go up.) These benefits consist of medical, dental, vision, FICA, Medicare, Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave, PERS (pension), disability insurance, and a limited employer-matching contribution for deferred compensation plan. This position provides for paid state and local bar dues, Prosecutor-sponsored CLEs, and may qualify for school or federal student loan forgiveness programs.
In addition to these benefits, first year employees receive 96 hours of annual paid sick leave, 80 hours of annual paid vacation leave, 16 additional hours of annual floating holiday leave and 11 paid holidays.
Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys are also eligible to receive yearly merit money awards that can be as high as $4,500 and for annual wage increases.
To provide professional legal services to the Criminal Division of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The complexity of the assigned criminal legal matters will be dependent on relevant prior experience, with the opportunity to work with greater independence and to assume greater responsibility over time. Successful applicants with limited to no prior experience typically begin in the District Court Unit prosecuting misdemeanor and gross misdemeanors before transitioning to a felony caseload. Lateral hires may begin in the District Court Unit or in a felony unit depending on their prior experience.
Essential Job Duties
- Handle all aspects of criminal prosecution from case evaluation, charging decisions, plea negotiations, and criminal jury and bench trials as assigned.
- Establish and maintain productive and positive working relationships with groups and individuals both inside and outside the office, including with fellow DPAs, advocates and support staff, defense counsel, judges, court staff and the Clerk’s Office, victims and witnesses, law enforcement agencies, and members of the community at large.
- Oral and written advocacy.
- Conduct legal research.
- Understand that the principal duty of every deputy prosecutor is to seek justice and to exercise his or her discretion with that responsibility in mind.
Legal degree from an accredited law school. Must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Must have a valid Driver's License.
Must successfully pass a criminal background investigation, which includes fingerprinting.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES (WITH AN EXPECTATION THAT SOME WILL BE LEARNED WITHIN THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD):
- A working familiarity with, and commitment to, the Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Knowledge of the Rules of Evidence;
- Knowledge of applicable Court Rules and judicial procedures;
- A basic understanding of appellate practices;
- A practiced background in methods and techniques for legal research;
- The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing;
- The ability to work under pressure, particularly with individuals who may be upset, uncooperative, or in distressing circumstances;
- The ability to exercise excellent judgment and tact in all relationships, and to practice courtesy and honesty at all times;
- The ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and use time and resources efficiently;
- The ability to respond to, and manage, quickly evolving situations;
- The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality of records and information;
- A commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards and to professionalism in all areas of work performance and practice;
- Knowledge of the Office’s charging and disposition standards;
- Knowledge of and ability to comply with office standards and policies;
- Familiarity with office procedures, methods, and equipment use, including computers and applicable software
Starting salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. The annual salary ranges are as follows:
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney I: $71,844.36 to $91,692.72
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney II: $96,276.72 to $112,875.80
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney III: $129,019.92 to $164,665.32
There are six automatic step increases within each DPA Level (I, II, and III), with corresponding, 5% salary increases. Promotion from one Level to the next is performance-based and subject to the recommendation of the Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy, the Chief Criminal Deputy and the discretion of the elected Prosecuting Attorney. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office salary scale can be found here.
Deputy Prosecutors report to and receive direction from their assigned Unit Lead (i.e., District Court Unit, Juvenile Court Unit, Non-Violent Felony Trial Team, Charging Unit, Special Assault Unit, etc.) and/or from the Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy and Chief Criminal Deputy.