Deputy District Attorney - The Dalles, OR

Description :

Position Information-545242


Position Title:

Deputy District Attorney



Working Title:


Salary Grade:

S - $6,277.26-$6,434.19/mo

Reports to:

District Attorney

FLSA Classification:

Exempt - Professional


District Attorney

Effective Date:



General Position Summary:

Serves as assistant to the District Attorney and handles misdemeanor caseload with the opportunity to take on some felony cases after gaining experience in the office. Performs professional legal work in the investigation, preparation and presentation of the cases prosecuted by the District Attorney.

Essential Functions (in a typical work week):

  • Handles a misdemeanor caseload which includes trials, motions, intakes, and other duties as assigned.
    • Caseload focus includes, but is not limited to the prosecution of juvenile, assault, DUII, and game cases.
    •              Conducts complex legal research necessary for case preparation, to answer questions on current legal issues for local law enforcement agencies and the County Court.
    •              Prepares and presents cases for trial which includes reviewing the case, determining if the investigation is complete, interviewing and deselecting appropriate witnesses, conducting legal research, preparing witnesses to present testimony, conducting direct and cross-examination, and drafting legal documents.
    •              Preforms intake procedures which includes reviewing incoming police reports and determining which charges, if any, will be filed and against whom on behalf of District Attorney.
    •              Negotiates potential case resolutions with defense counsel/defendants as appropriate and in accordance with facts, laws, and department policy.
    •              Prepares subpoenas, search warrants, and arrest warrants.
    •              Handles show case hearings on probation violations. 
    •              Drafts legal documents
    •              On call to advise law enforcement offices, respond to crime scenes, and prepare search warrants.
    •              Attend Grand Jury pursuant to statute and prepare indictments as appropriate.

Secondary Functions (in a typical work week):        

  • Interact with other lawyers representing a party other than defendant, such as crime victim or entity that is subject of subpoena
  • Teach and train law enforcement officers about changes in the law
  • Respond to public inquiries about specific cases
  • Engage with local, state, and federal law enforcement to coordinate criminal investigations and in their preparation as witnesses



Responsibility/Accountability: This section of the job description describes the amount and breadth of responsibility and accountability that rests with the position, including the expected results of the position, the impact on County operations and activities, and the responsibility for budget.

Moderate, but distinct impact on organization operations, program outcomes, revenue, and expense or budgetary outcomes.  Responsibility for the prudent use of assets, including assigned equipment, material, or labor, is moderate and often includes responsibility for others' use of organization assets.  Some program or policy development affecting the organization and its offerings is part of the job responsibility.  “Customer” service is an important part of the job and actions would likely impact user's sense of satisfaction. 


Supervision of Employees:  This section of the job description describes the supervisory responsibility assigned including the range and types of supervisory functions performed, from directing work activities and delegating assignments to coaching, counseling, making disciplinary decisions, hiring, firing, salary actions, performance appraisal, training, etc. as well as the types of employees supervised.   

Positions at this level are responsible for daily work or special project direction that is provided to personnel in similar job functions at comparable or subordinate levels.  This work is usually limited in time and to only a few individuals.  Position may participate in the hiring process.   However, positions are not responsible for hiring, firing, disciplinary actions, etc.



Interpersonal Skills/Contacts:  This section of the job description describes the characteristics of personal interaction with others including the frequency of contacts with others, the breadth of interactions (within the County, outside the County, with vendors/contractors, dealing directly with the public, etc.), and the level of persons interacted with.  Also, included in this section is the reason for contact such as gaining cooperation; use negotiation, tact, teamwork, and sensitivity; or the likelihood of dealing with disagreeable or hostile individuals. 

Positions at this level have regular responsibility for interaction and communication with a broad range of people, both in individual and group meetings.  Contacts may be within the County structure, with various elements of the public, with other public sector organizations, or with regulators, special interest groups, or other officials.  Collaboration and cooperation must be established to accomplish assigned tasks.  Adverse consequences to the County could be significant if interactions are not handled well.  Well defined interaction skills are required to complete job assignments and utilized continuously throughout all aspects of the position assignments.



Working Conditions:  This section of the job descriptions outlines the work environment, conditions, and hazards that are encountered in the course of assigned work.  This includes the personal risk, hazard, varying work schedules, level of interruptions, job pressure, and the need to frequently juggle priorities and work assignments.  Also, exposure to unpleasant working conditions such as high noise levels, heat or cold, inside or outside work, exposure to electricity, chemicals, poor lighting, confinements, machinery, interactions with disturbed or dangerous individuals, personal attacks, contact with contagious disease, or situations where personal safely cannot be assured.

This level has a work environment in which moderate hazards or obstacles exist.  There is some personal risk or hazard from job interactions, working environment, or job pressure.  Job conditions may be somewhat uncomfortable due to varying work environments; outside job tasks; inclement weather; exposure to chemicals, machinery, electricity, or individuals of unpredictable, possibly harmful intent, etc.  Positions where there are constantly changing priorities, constant interruptions to work flow, and constant shifts in task assignment should be placed at this level.  Work that is somewhat physically demanding and which creates a possible risk of personal injury should also be placed at this level.



Physical Requirements:  This section of the job description describes the physical effort and manual labor, such as sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, digging, operating equipment, performing with speed, etc., as well as the dexterity required to complete the job functions.  The need for travel, extended hours, and situations of physical discomfort are also outlined here.

Positions rated at this level require occasional physical effort such as light lifting, carrying, or movement, etc.  Physical capability involves use of office or power equipment where some dexterity is needed. Movement around the work space is not challenging, and there are little to no restrictions on mobility.



Education, Experience, and Certification/Licensure:  This section of the job description outlines the education, previous experience, professional licenses, certifications, and specific skills necessary to perform the assigned work. 

Positions at this level require abilities, skills, training, and/or a knowledge base equivalent to a seasoned level professional.  Education will typically include a four-year degree and positions will typically require 3-6 years of directly related experience.  Knowledge of multiple business areas and skills are required by the positions.  Work may be in a more generalized professional role, or specialized in one particular function where in-depth understanding is required.  Capabilities include reasoning, exercise of sound judgment, ability to draw conclusions with limited information, and to forecast or envision future needs and opportunities.



Below is an outline of the specific Education type, Experience type or licensure/certification that is required for this role.  The County will also consider any equivalent combinations of the qualifying criteria.


  • Bachelor degree and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree
  • 3-6 years of directly related experience in District Attorney, Public Defense, or equivalent
  • Current member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar

Contact : Applications can be returned to:
Wasco County Human Resources
511 Washington St., Ste 206
The Dalles, OR 97058

Need assistance? Please contact 541-506-2774 or 541-506-2775
**Incomplete Application packets will not be considered for employment**

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled