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Indigent Defense Manager – County Manager’s Office

Clark County, Vancouver, WA

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/31/2020

Job Summary

This position is responsible for providing management and team leadership and direction for Indigent Defense Program. This position manages the administration of a program that directly impacts the public, other county departments, and the courts.

This position is responsible for management with respect to budgeting, forecasting, planning, developing and implementing strategies, policies, procedures that are in compliance with federal and state constitutions (indigent defense), state laws and rules, and other county strategies, policies and procedures. It will be responsible for executing the above duties in a manner that accomplishes goals, priorities and objectives within the specific program and countywide, and that is consistent with goals, priorities and objectives of the department and other county departments, when possible. This includes managing program resources; developing, interpreting, monitoring, adjusting and implementing policies and procedures; and managing daily operations.

The Indigent Defense Manager represents the County Manager’s Office at various meetings and training's and with the public and ensures department goals, views and positions are served in those interactions. This position responds to the most sensitive of inquiries and complaints, including from the public, and resolves policy and operational issues.

This position establishes precedent for the work of this program and care is exercised in evaluating political and policy ramifications for the department and the County.

As Manager, he/she is responsible for the integrity of the program and fulfilling the county’s obligation to provide quality, independent counsel to parties eligible for indigent defense representation. This component of the position is responsible for program performance, including compliance with federal and state constitutions, state laws, Washington Supreme Court Standards for Indigent Defense, annual state grant provisions, and all aspects of the program’s budget.

First Review Date is December 15, 2019


Education and Experience:
• Juris Doctor degree and license to practice law (or ability to obtain license to practice law);
• Six (6) years’ experience with indigent defense or other related legal field;
• Management-level experience in budgeting, personnel management, establishing effective relationships with executive-level decision makers, program development and planning, and contract law, principles and practices.
Knowledge of: General management skills, including planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving; methods and procedures of budget development and justification; application and interpretation of county, state and federal laws and regulation relevant to the program areas; analysis and evaluation of policies, procedures, public information, and service delivery issues; local and state lawmaking processes; research methods and techniques; trends and practices within the specialized areas; and personal computer applications and usage.

Ability to: Provide administrative and professional leadership, effectively plan, direct, and delegate with respect to all components of the Indigent Defense Program. Delegate responsibility and authority as needed to carry out policy directives of the governing authority in an effective and timely manner; write clear and concise reports, memoranda, and correspondence; analyze issues, identify alternatives, project consequences of proposed actions, and formulate recommendations; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; plan, develop, and implement automated office systems; utilize various PC applications at an advanced level; interpret and explain policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other governmental jurisdictions, contractors, and other County personnel.

Other Special Requirements: Valid driver’s license.
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
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Salary Grade: M2.833 ($7,475.00 - $10,558.00) per month
Close Date: Open Until Filled

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