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Managing Attorney - District Attorney's Office

Status: Full Time, Exempt
Starting Wage Range: $48.53/hr. - $53.51/hr. (Salary commensurate with experience)
Wage Increase of 3.5% on 01/01/2023
Application Review Date: December 19, 2022 - Position Open Until Filled
Please submit Cover Letter & Resume with application
  • Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Five (5) years’ professional work experience in management and supervision.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Must successfully pass criminal background checks.
  • Three years previous supervisory experience.
  • Three years previous law office experience.
Dodge County offers a generous benefits package including:
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) – available for use after 30 days of employment
  • 10 observed paid holidays
  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) – with employer contributions
  • Life insurance, Long-term disability and Flex spending
  • Participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
This position is responsible for assisting the District Attorney with the administrative oversight, visioning, leadership, planning, coordinating and control of the District Attorney’s Office.  This position manages and directs the operations of the Department and supervises all county personnel within the Department, in addition to serving in a legal capacity to assist in the prosecution of crimes.
The following duties are typical for this position. However, they are not to be construed as exclusive or all–inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may also be required or assigned.
  1. Provides leadership in attracting, retaining and developing an engaged workforce in the delivery of superior services to County residents and businesses.
  2. Directs the work of and manages the staff of the District Attorney’s Office. Interviews and with the District Attorney selects new employees. Provides training, instructions, and ongoing training needs. Assigns tasks, reviews work, and prepares performance evaluations. Provides staff coaching/counseling. Recommends employee transfers, promotions, disciplinary action, and discharge.
  3. Organizes and directs the day-to-day operations of the Department, including scheduling.
  4. Provides leadership and management to all assigned staff.
  5. Develops and recommends the annual budget for the District Attorney’s Office to the County Administrator; forecasts necessary funding for staff, equipment, material, and capital improvement plans. Monitors budget throughout the year.
  6. Audits caseloads to ensure adherence to pertinent regulations and timelines, and to determine if case processing methods can be improved. Directs staff on difficult cases and interpreting the application of policy and procedure.
  7. Analyzes and evaluates existing unit objectives, goals, standards, priorities, policy and procedures.
  8. Researches, recommends, develops, and implements policy and procedures for operational effectiveness.
  9. Prepares and administers department grants and trust accounts including maintaining financial records and reporting.
  10. Oversees and handles media inquiries on behalf of the department.
  11. Prepares required annual and statistical reports.
  12. Develops work plans and strategies to meet business needs-both short term and long term; develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards to ensure success. Ensures proper implementation and that the County conforms to related legislative requirements.
  13. Compiles statistics and analyze data to monitor program performance, services, resource availability, and staffing needs. 
  14. Ensures implementation of related rulings, legislation, statutes, county and department policies and procedures.
  15. Ensures proper maintenance of electronic and paper record systems.
  16. Reports and presents as needed to the County Administrator, governing committee, and County Board on department operations and services.
  17. Prosecutes and manages criminal cases as assigned by the District Attorney.
  18. Appears in court on other prosecutors’ cases during scheduling conflicts and absences.
  19. Consults with staff attorneys regarding their cases and other legal issues.
  20. Makes charging decisions and drafts criminal complaints.
  21. Maintains law library and other materials collections.
  22. Prepares legal briefs and memoranda of Law. 
  23. Represents the department in multi-agency work groups, task forces, or committees.
  24. Other duties as assigned.
  • Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Five (5) years’ professional work experience in management and supervision.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Must successfully pass criminal background checks.
  • Three years previous supervisory experience.
  • Three years previous law office experience.
Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge of principles, materials, and practices of legal research.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology, legal format, and processes.
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin Statutes and ongoing statutory changes, procedural changes, and form changes.
  • Knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
  • Skill to take notes and accurately incorporate essential details in preparing legal documents.
  • Ability and skill to prepare Court documents in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices, including program planning, contract requirements, budgeting, direction, coordination, and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of principles, procedures, and techniques of labor contracts and negotiations.
  • Knowledge of the County and Department’s operating requirements, policies, procedures, and practices; and local, State, and Federal regulations related to department programs and operations.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of budgeting, fiscal management, project management principles and techniques.
  • Ability to effectively utilize the principles of strategic and long and short-range planning.
  • Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending methods, procedures and techniques for resolution of issues.
  • Ability to research and analyze detailed information and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to develop department goals and objectives.
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and programs.
  • Ability to develop, interpret and implement regulations, policies, procedures, written instructions, general correspondence, and other department specific documents.
  • Ability to prepare, recommend and monitor an operating budget, including line item budgeting.
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory practices & principles, including the ability to make final employment recommendations, preparing performance evaluations, managing time off, and maintaining personnel records.
  • Ability to adapt and take control of situations, dictating subordinate activities in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to instruct and train in methods and procedures.
  • Ability to organize, assign, and modify the work assignment of others, and (re)-establish priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.
  • Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence; Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Skill in organizational and time management to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
  • Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Knowledge of current office practices and procedures and knowledge of the operation of standard office equipment and software.
  • Knowledge of computer software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications consistent for this position.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations required of this position.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in English in both written and verbal form.
  • Skill in researching and understanding complex written materials.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in performing duties, resolving problems, and interpreting policies and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with individuals within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion regarding business-related files, reports, and conversations, within the provisions of open records laws and other applicable State and Federal statutes and regulations.
  • Ability to work the allocated hours of the position and respond after hours as needed.
The physical and work environment characteristics described in this description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions or as otherwise required by law. Employees needing reasonable accommodation should discuss the request with the employee’s supervisor or Human Resources. 
  • This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Work has standard vision requirements.
  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
  • Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • Work is generally in a moderately noisy office setting. 
  • May require dealing with persons who are hostile, aggressive, abusive or violent, posing threatening conditions.