Assistant Director-District Attorney
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Three years of management experience which included
supervision, budgetary analysis, and fiscal management; or,
- 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.