Assistant County Attorney I/II - Human Services Division

Colorado Springs, CO
United States

Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule

Job Description
Essential Job Functions

***Assistant County Attorney I: $76,379.16 Annually/Depends on Qualifications***
***Assistant County Attorney II: $82,215.38 Annually/Depends on Qualifications***

Provides legal services, advice, and representation to the Department of Human Services (DHS); advises DHS staff on legal aspects of casework and assists staff in preparing for litigation. At will employee; serves at the will and pleasure of the County Attorney.

  • Presents cases before all relevant courts and administrative bodies.
  • Prepares memoranda of law and opinion letters as needed and directed by the Chief Deputy County Attorney.
  • Researches and interprets the Colorado Children's Code, Probate Code, Social Services Code, and the Colorado Code of Regulations pertaining to same.
  • Researches other State and Federal statutory and common law, regulations, policies, agency letters, legal treatises, articles, manuals, and writing in the field as needed to prepare all cases or legal issues for hearings, trials, or other resolutions.
  • Interprets and applies Colorado Rules of Civil, Juvenile, Probate, and Appellate Procedure.
  • Provides training to DHS staff regarding legal aspects of case preparation, trial/hearing preparation, testimony, and related legal processes as needed.
  • Provides other legal services as requested by the Chief Deputy County Attorney and/or County Attorney.
  • Participates in rotation of 24-hour on-call consultation service to El Paso County DHS Intake.
  • Organizes trial and hearing preparation; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence.
  • Executes administrative duties as requested by the Chief Deputy County Attorney and/or County Attorney.
  • Attends meetings with DHS staff to coordinate legal services and policies with client.
  • Meets with counsel representing parents, children, at-risk adults, and other parties to identify litigated issues, resolving them through mediation, negotiation, stipulation, and/or trial.
  • Attends meetings at the direction of the Chief Deputy County Attorney with agencies, organizations, and groups within the legal and child welfare communities.
  • Utilizes State court and State agency computer systems. Conducts computer-based legal research.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • J.D. from an accredited law school required.
  • Admission to and a member in good standing with the Colorado Bar.
  • Two (2) years of juvenile legal experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Colorado Children's, Probate, and Social Services Codes; civil, probate, juvenile, and appellate procedure; the Colorado Code of Regulations pertaining to the same, and the Colorado Revised Statutes as they pertain to local government.
  • Sufficient knowledge of social work, medical, psychiatric, and psychological treatment of children involved in the juvenile court system.
  • Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with clients, court, court staff, opposing counsel, fellow employees and all others with whom contact is had in this professional capacity.
  • Sufficient computer skills to perform essential job functions; experience with Microsoft Office and various databases, software, and computer systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish effective working relationships.
  • Ability to prepare and organize cases.
  • Ability to manage high volume court divisions and handle complex legal issues.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or direction.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, drug screen, and physical examination.
Additional requirement to qualify as Assistant County Attorney II– Human Services Division:
  • Minimum three (3) years experience as a practicing attorney required; two (2) years of the required experience must be with dependency and neglect cases.
  • License in good standing as Attorney and Counselor at Law issued by the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Work Conditions

Duties are primarily performed in an office environment and in court; some travel may be required. Must be able to safely lift and carry up to 25 lbs.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).