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Assistant District Attorney - Civil/Criminal (8177)

Recruitment: REF861T

Published: September 06, 2022


Shavaun Tolliver -

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Department: District Attorney
Job class: 8177-Attorney (Civil/Criminal)
Salary range: $142,168.00 - $249,080.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Appointment Type:   Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment.  Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13. Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment, and removal procedures. Exempt employees shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is one of the premier law enforcement organizations in the United States.  Our mission is to collaborate with the City’s diverse communities and law enforcement agencies to make San Francisco one of the safest cities in America.  Our office engages in public education and crime prevention efforts while maintaining the traditional role of investigating, charging, and prosecuting all criminal violations occurring within the City and County of San Francisco.  The unparalleled opportunities for challenging, meaningful, and sophisticated work have consistently drawn top candidates to our office over the years.

Assistant District Attorneys are given substantial responsibility early in their careers and generally start in the Criminal Division handling various cases.  Opportunities to handle more serious and complex cases are afforded as more experience is gained.  Additionally, unique opportunities are afforded to Assistant District Attorneys who show great interest or possess the specialized experience to work within the Office’s White-Collar Criminal Division.  This Division is comprised of experienced attorneys who prosecute white-collar crimes such as economic fraud, public corruption, consumer and environmental crimes. Unlike many other prosecution agencies, we prosecute felony cases vertically, meaning that one Assistant District Attorney will handle a case from its arraignment to final disposition, allowing for more meaningful interaction and attention paid to victims and the pursuit of justice. 

With the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds is critical in the work we do. The Office of the District Attorney proactively seeks to recruit, retain and promote legal staff that reflects the diversity of the community served.

Role description

Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Tries jury and bench criminal cases and litigates evidentiary and other hearings in the San Francisco Superior Court;
  • Represents the People of the State of California in person via court appearances and in written petitions, motions, appeals, and/or other court documents.  Includes the preparation (word processing/database management) of such court documents. May require being placed in a high-stress environment and/or exposure to complex and challenging cases;
  • Dedicates role to the pursuit of justice by exercising fair and ethical prosecution practices and respecting the humanity and dignity of everyone involved in a criminal case—whether a victim, witness, or defendant;
  • Interviews witnesses; conducts and or supervises investigations and writes legal briefs in conjunction with assigned cases and trials. 
  • Prepares daily court calendar and maintains various records of warrants and citations issued. 
  • Maintains files, including, but not limited to: accurate recording of the status of work product, filing of memos on the disposition of cases, running law enforcement database checks on criminal backgrounds such as rap sheets, and transporting relevant files and/or file materials to court for appearances. 
  • Receives and investigates complaints from the general public and representatives of the police department to determine the necessity for issuing of citations or warrants; interviews witnesses and issues citations; conducts citation hearings and determines the necessity for issuing warrants.
  • Performs research manually and via computer for the purpose of performing all other duties related to the prosecution of criminal cases.
  • May represent the District Attorney to other law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations, neighborhood/citizen meetings.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

How to qualify

License or certificate:

Requires membership in the State Bar Association and license to practice in all state courts.

Desired Qualifications:

The candidate should have a comprehensive knowledge of state and federal and municipal codes, laws, and ordinances, particularly as applied to civil and criminal laws; legal processes and techniques of courtroom and jury trial work; administrative techniques and methods, particularly as they relate to the activities of the District Attorney's Office.

The candidate should have the ability to: speak and write effectively in the preparation and presentation of assigned legal cases; exercise considerable judgment and tact in dealing with court officials, juries, law enforcement agencies, and other governmental agencies in connection with legal assignments.

What else should I know?

How to apply:

All applicants are required to submit the following supplemental materials in a single Word or PDF file along with their application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process.  Additional supplemental materials may be requested during the recruitment process. 

Salary Range commensurates with experience: $138,710 - $242,996 annually

This is a continuous recruitment

Contact: Shavaun Tolliver, Senior Human Resources Analyst (628) 652-4040

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.