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December 21, 2020

Job Vacancy Announcement

Office of the Chief Judge Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Illinois

Public Defender, County of Will


Position:                      Public Defender, Will County

Division:                      Judicial Branch 

Benefits:                      Attractive benefits package offered by the County of Will, including medical, dental, vision, IMRF pension plan, life insurance,
                                     and deferred compensation

Salary:                         To be negotiated based on prior experience

Position Summary:

Under administrative direction from the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit; performs work of considerable difficulty in planning, organizing, supervising and administering the activities of the Public Defender's Office; performs all related work as required.  Performs professional legal work with the responsibility for all phases of the activities conducted by the Public Defender's Office. Assigns cases of indigent persons accused of crimes as designated by the Judge to the Deputy Public Defenders and supervises their handling of the cases to ascertain that the Public Defender's Office does everything possible to defend the accused competently within the rules of law and legal ethics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Administers the activities of the Public Defender's Office
• Interviews, selects, and recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Schedules employees' work assignments
• Trains subordinate staff
• Prepares office budget and operates within the budget
• Serves on various commissions and committees
• Determines office operating policy
• Prepares reports for the court and County as required by State law
• Cooperates with local colleges and universities in their intern programs
• Keeps current on the latest decisions of the Appellate and Supreme Courts
• On occasion representing clients including preliminary hearings and bond court matters
• Keeps abreast of developments in the field of criminal law
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
• Maintains 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, exercises and other related activities.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

Education and Experience: 

Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge and skill in the application of legal principles to individual cases or problems, the principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research, judicial procedures and the rules of evidence, the methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques in the presentation of cases in court, federal and state laws, regulations and County ordinances, effective supervisory techniques and practices, office management principles and practices, management and leadership principles, Current office practices, procedures, and County policies and procedures, Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes, analyzing and appraising facts, evidence, precedents, and legal documents in complex and difficult cases, organizing legal materials in clear and logical form for effective verbal or written presentation, planning, scheduling, assigning, reviewing, and supervising the work of subordinate attorneys, and clerical and investigative personnel, using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc., applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which assigned, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals, providing leadership to effectively resolve issues

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary Work, Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

AOIC Website:        http://illinoiscourts.gov/Employment/default.asp

Application Process:  Electronic submission is preferred.  Please submit a current resume and cover letter outlining experience and send them to:                                                         

Office of the Chief Judge
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
100 West Jefferson St., 10th Floor

Joliet, IL 60432

Deadline:                     January 22, 2021


Equal Opportunity Employer