Yakima County Human Resources

  • 410-04 Attorney III/IV - Prosecuting Attorney's Office

    Working Title
    Attorney III / IV
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Prosecuting Attorney's Office
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $6,886 - $10,151 per month DOQ
  • Overview

    OPENING:    There is one vacancy with the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The assignment and duties are made at the discretion of the Prosecuting Attorney and will be in the Felony Division.  The hiring salary for the Attorney III classification is $82,630 to $95,883 per year.  Applicants who otherwise qualify for a position and are hired at the Attorney IV level may have a salary hiring range of $99,641 to $121,807 per year.  The Attorney IV requires at least twelve (12) years of directly related law practice and progressively responsible relevant experience.


    This recruitment may be used to fill future openings that may occur within 90 days of the posting date.



    In Criminal Matters:

    • Evaluates each case and assesses its factual and legal sufficiency under the law at each stage of a criminal proceeding by reviewing police and other reports and analyzing all information available. Makes charging decisions regarding legal and factual sufficiency for filing of a case.  
    • Evaluates strengths, weaknesses and facts of each case for purposes of additional investigation, plea negotiations, development of case strategy and trial preparation. Coordinates or conducts case investigation for trial preparation as necessary.  
    • Arranges for tests of physical evidence, testimony of expert witnesses and interviews or directs interviews of witnesses as required.  
    • Instigates or responds to plea bargaining negotiations with opposing counsel and represents the interest of the state. 
    • Represents the state at preliminary appearances, arraignments, pre-trial motions, pleas of guilty, sentencing hearings and post-trial matters such as restitution hearings and sentence reviews/amendments. 
    • Conducts all trial actions including: selection of jury, opening arguments, direct and cross examination, introduction of evidence and exhibits, preparation of jury instructions, closing arguments and post-trial motions. 
    • Responds to law enforcement at critical stages of proceedings.




    Experience and Training:

    Admission to the Washington State Bar Association is required.


    The Attorney III requires a minimum of eight (8) years and the Attorney IV requires a minimum of twelve (12) years of directly related law practice and progressively responsible relevant experience.



    • Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, which may include fingerprinting.
    • Valid driver’s license and provide proof of insurance, if requested.

    Equipment Operated: 

    Telephone, copy and fax machines, and personal computer. Must have the ability to drive personal and/or County vehicle, and travel to locations outside of the courthouse.

    Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

    Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals.  Job is rated as Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. If the use of arm and or leg controls requires exertion greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time.


    Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

    • The laws of the State of Washington, rules of evidence and procedure, and Washington Court rules;
    • The field of assignment sufficient to perform thoroughly and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated in the class description and essential duties;
    • The ethical and professional responsibilities of an attorney generally and for the field of assignment.

    Skills (position requirements at entry):

    • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
    • Performing legal research; analyzing and applying legal principles, statutes, constitutional provisions, facts, evidence and precedents to legal problems;
    • Applying supervisory techniques and methods; and assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of others (supervisory positions);
    • Prioritizing work under varying conditions and effectively managing time;
    • Finding solutions to problems and making decisions within the scope of responsibility and the law;
    • Exercising sound judgment in consulting senior attorneys and supervisors with questions and concerns, and, in referring matters to others which are beyond the scope, knowledge or authority of the position.
    • Working individually and cooperatively as a member of a team;
    • Applying knowledge of the law in writing various documents, organizing evidence, drafting interview questions, presenting legal arguments, and legal and/or factual situations;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with co-workers, individuals involved in the court systems, media and diverse members of the public while maintaining focus on case and client interests;
    • Maintaining confidentiality; and Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, in clear concise language appropriate for the purposes involved and the parties addressed, including court appearances. 




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