Employment Opportunities

NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT ATTORNEY – JOB POSTING

DATE:               March, 2019
POSITION:       Assistant District Attorney - Chief of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit

General Description:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is seeking a specialized Assistant District Attorney to head the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit.  In 2011, District Attorney Sullivan expanded the Domestic Violence Unit to include Sexual Assault in order to strengthen the office’s prevention, investigation, and prosecution of acts of domestic and sexual violence on victims 18 years of age or older.  The unit is responsible for overseeing all cases of domestic violence and sexual assault against adults in the Superior and District Courts in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.  The Chief also coordinates and engages in community outreach, education, and training in order to enhance the delivery of services to adult victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and improve the overall effectiveness of the investigation and prosecution of these cases.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all of the legal functions related to the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases including grand jury presentations and prosecution in the Superior Court;
  • Supervise, mentor and assist other ADAs with respect to their handling of domestic violence and sexual assault cases;
  • Respond to requests for assistance/guidance from law enforcement regarding domestic violence/sexual assault issues and investigations;
  • Assist law enforcement with pre-charging investigations;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team;
  • Serve as a member and/or District Attorney’s designee on boards, coalitions, task forces and groups as assigned;
  • Coordinate and provide training for ADAs, victim witness advocates, law enforcement professionals, and community partners regarding domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Participate in community outreach, education, prevention and training programs;
  • Assist in short and long range office planning and the development of goals and objectives for the delivery of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the prosecution of these cases;
  • Coordinate the maintenance of statistical data and records relating to domestic violence and sexual assault investigations and prosecutions;
  • Assist with the preparation and submission of grant applications and reports.

Qualifications:

Minimum of six (6) years of experience as a domestic violence/sexual assault prosecutor or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the core functions of the position.  Strong analytical, organizational, writing and trial advocacy skills are essential.  Supervisory experience, which includes the ability to work collaboratively with others, is required.  This position also requires an individual who is able to direct and manage investigatory activities, who is able to initiate and prosecute cases and who is highly motivated to work in the public interest.

Supervisor:  

The Chief reports directly to the First Assistant District Attorney.

Salary Range:  

Salary: $85,000 - $95,000 plus medical and other employee benefits.

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Northwestern District Attorney - Job Posting

Date: March, 2019
Position Title: Assistant District Attorney – District Court

Main functions:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is seeking an Assistant District Attorney to prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases in the District Courts in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

Duties:

Perform all of the legal functions related to the prosecution of cases in the District Courts including handling arraignments, bail requests, pre-trial conferences, and evidentiary and non-evidentiary motion hearings; prepare cases for bench and jury trials including preparing witness lists, responding to discovery requests, and interviewing witnesses; trying cases in both the bench and jury sessions.

• Participate in community outreach programs as assigned by the District Attorney;

Qualifications:

Minimum of one (1) year of experience as a prosecutor or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the core functions of the position. Strong analytical, organizational, time management, writing and trial advocacy skills are essential. This position also requires an individual who is able to work collaboratively with others and who is highly motivated to work in the public interest.

Salary: $58,000 - $62,000 plus medical and other employee benefits.

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DATE:                          MARCH, 2019
POSITION TITLE:         ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – FRANKLIN COUNTY

MAIN FUNCTIONS:

This is a shared position with 25 hours/week dedicated to the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Unit and 12.5 hours/week dedicated to the Victim Witness Unit.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ANS SEXUAL ASSAULT UNIT

  • Communications and preparation for all unit meetings including securing space, preparing agenda, email with membership groups, communication with trainers/speakers and individual members, attend meetings and take minutes, prepare handouts, take photographs at meetings for newsletter;
  • Collect meeting attendance and distribute meeting minutes and upcoming agendas as needed;
  • Review DVIP Information Sheets from the DVIP Coordinator and input data into Access Data Program, create reports for DVIP grant quarterly progress reports and grant applications;
  • Collect data sheets from High Risk VW Advocate and input data into Access Data Program, create reports for grant progress reports and grant applications;
  • Collect information from Unit Chief on special assigned DV and SA cases and input data on each case, share data with unit chief and DV prosecutors and advocates;
  • Review case information for new high risk offender referrals, as indicated by the HRT Coordinator, including BOP’s, police reports and victim affidavits and input required data into high risk project database prior to team meetings;
  • Layout and design of law enforcement newsletter, assist in writing sections and collect articles/information as assigned by DV Projects Director;
  • Administrative support as needed for DVIP Coordinator and High Risk Team Coordinator-for example assisting with binders for new advocates, finding coverage for an open shift due to illness on coordinator’s day off, assisting with training preparation;
  • Ongoing maintenance and updates of current unit brochures and outreach materials, layout and printing of new brochures and training materials, laminating pocket cards for police and advocates;
  • Assist with outreach events organized by DA’s task force such as the White Ribbon Campaign to include communication with schools and distribution of ribbons;
  • Administrative support for outreach programs such as conferences, seminars, regional police meetings and trainings, secure locations, solicit bids for space, review menu options, prepare training packets, coordinate registrations, create program agenda, ongoing communication with participants and venue;
  • Assist Director of Projects in any grant application, MOU preparation and signature collection, collect attachments designated in grant, prepare grant to be submitted;
  • Perform other tasks as they arise such as order supplies, troubleshoot equipment problems, update email lists, program evaluation summaries, collect Uvisa policy from all police departments.
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  • DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES - VICTIM WITNESS UNIT
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  • Provide general administrative support to the Franklin County Victim Witness Advocates (copying, filing, etc.)
  • Prepare all  written correspondence and enclosures using office database for all Franklin County VW cases in compliance with the Victim Bill of Rights;
  • Take phone inquiries on behalf of VW Unit as needed;
  • Monitor and replenish inventory of various brochures and outreach material;
  • Assist with any administrative needs for VW Unit trainings/outreach;
  • Collect annual statistical data via Excel program for program director;
  • Train VW staff and interns regarding VW letter system;
  • Participate in any duties designed to enhance victim services in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate’s degree
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures
  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software applications
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and patiently in-person and on the phone  to a diverse population
  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Must be able to demonstrate professional discretion and maintain confidentiality at all times

SALARY: Range of $32,000 plus medical and other employee benefits.

Applicants must submit a NWDA Employment Application Form located on www.northwesternda.org, a cover letter and resume to martha.murphy-kane@state.ma.us.

 

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