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Assistant Director-District Attorney

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, directs the administrative and victim witness programs of the District Attorney's Office; acts on behalf of the District Attorney; and performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position, at-will, assistant department head class; the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney. The Assistant Director is responsible for directing and overseeing, through subordinate staff, the activities of the Victim Witness Program and various internal administrative functions of the department; providing management with support and direction in administrative matters; and directing budget development and control.


  1. Directs, through subordinate staff: the Administrative Support Division, which includes legal support, personnel and payroll, accounting, purchasing, preparation and control of the budgetary and fiscal program, contract administration, grant management, facilities management, and other general business activities; and the Victim Witness Program which provides counseling, support, referral, and advocacy services.
  2. Oversees the development, revision, and implementation of operational policies and procedures; identifies areas for organizational improvement and initiates changes to improve organizational efficiency and ensure compliance with legal requirements; analyzes existing and proposed legislation to determine the impact on departmental operations; recommends administrative policy changes to the department head; and coordinates the operational activities of the various divisions within the department.
  3. Directs the development, preparation, and control of the department's budget; facilitates the review of managers' budget requests to determine the need for items, their priority, and sources of funding; monitors departmental revenues and expenditures; directs the reallocation of funds to cover unprojected costs; gathers and analyzes data to identify anticipated revenues, expenditures, and major projects for the preparation of a long range financial plan; supervises the preparation and management of grant budgets; and develops contracts for services.
  4. Manages the automated systems within the department; analyzes the need for new or updated systems and applications; and oversees the development and implementation of automated systems and procedures.
  5. Selects, trains, evaluates, and disciplines subordinate staff; assists management and subordinates in resolving the most difficult operational or personnel problems; establishes standards, evaluates performance, and reviews performance evaluations prepared by subordinate staff; reviews and takes action on disciplinary cases; and serves as the department's Affirmative Action Coordinator.
  6. Acts in the department head's absence; attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors and Civil Service Commission, making presentations and answers questions on technical and policy issues; may make presentations to the public or media to explain role and mission of the department; and acts as a liaison between the department and other county departments.


  1. Three years of management experience which included supervision, budgetary analysis, and fiscal management; or,
  2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of fiscal management and governmental budgeting; contract management; grant funding; personnel management including supervision, affirmative action, performance management, and staff development; organizational development; public relations; and automated systems.

Ability to: analyze data and make recommendations; establish goals and objectives; formulate, explain, interpret, and apply policy; coordinate the activities of various divisions; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, staff, other departments, elected officials, and community groups; develop and implement short and long-range plans; coordinate the functions of a large, diverse staff; make presentations before groups; exercise tact and diplomacy; handle sensitive matters with discretion; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; and exercise independent judgment.

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