Employment Opportunities

Helping Families Initiative Case Officer Positions Available

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office is committed to partnering with schools to support families and prevent crime through the Helping Families Initiative (HFI).  HFI serves pre-adjudicated youth and families exhibiting dangerous behaviors resulting in suspensions and absences.

Case Officers are responsible for conducting in-home assessments and compiling relevant information to assess the functioning of families through reviewing records and conducting personal interviews in the home.  Case Officers identify strengths and weaknesses using the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale and develop indivdualized intervention plans to address issues.  Case Officers coordinate with the Inter-Agency Team and maintain accurate records in a customized FileMaker database.  Case Officers must develop good relationships with families, school personnel, and service providers in order to make referrals for services addressing parental capability, child well-being, mental health, safety, home environment, self-sufficiency, education, and health care.  Case Officers use motivational coaching to assist families for 3 - 9 months and conduct post-assessments.

A qualification for the position of Case Officer is a bachelor's degree in social science (social work, education, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, or related field).  We will accept a combination of education and experience.  No felony convictions.  No misdemeanor convictions related to victimization or abuse.  Case Officers must conduct home visits and have reliable transportation.  This position requires some flexibility with a normal schedule of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with some evenings and occasional weekends required to complete home assessments.

Projected Start Date: June 17, 2019

This state position is considered at-will employment and contingent upon yearly renewal of funding.  Starting annual salary is $35,000 plus benefits.

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the Helping Families Initiative Program Administrator, Melissa Niven at nivenm@jccal.org by May 3, 2019.


Deputy District Attorneys

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office offers an extraordinary opportunity for those who are drawn to public service and the rewarding experience of making a positive impact on our community. Our Deputy District Attorneys handle a wide array of criminal prosecutions in the courtroom as they strive each day to honorably and ethically protect the rights of everyone in their pursuit of justice.

To Apply

To apply for any available Deputy District Attorney positions, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to April Smith at smithap@jccal.org.


Administrative Staff

To provide the citizens of Jefferson County with the highest quality of prosecution services, we employ a highly skilled support staff. Our support staff is an integral part of our prosecutorial services team and makes a meaningful contribution. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office employs support staff in the following areas:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Paralegals
  • Trial Coordinators
  • Information Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Victim Services
  • Worthless Check & Restitution Recovery
To Apply

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office employs both county and state employees. For more information or to apply for any available county positions, contact the Jefferson County Personnel Board at jcpersonnel@pbjcal.org. To apply for any available state positions, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to April Smith at smithap@jccal.org.


Law Clerk & Extern Program

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is committed to allowing law students to work closely with our Deputy District Attorneys through both externship and law clerk positions within the office. Duties of both positions include preparing discovery and trial exhibits, research and memo writing, and attending and assisting with all types of criminal court proceedings. Externs are selected and placed by their school and receive school credit for working with our office.

Law clerk positions are for students who have completed their second year of law school and are unpaid positions. These positions are available for either the first or second half of the summer, and during the school year.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office encourages those selected as externs or law clerks to apply for their third year practice card before starting with the office, because those students will be allowed to assist Deputy District Attorneys with both bench and jury trials.

To Apply

To apply for any available law clerk positions, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Deputy District Attorney, Joe Hicks at hicksj@jccal.org.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of our office to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants and/or employees without regard to race, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

It is the policy of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office to seek, employ, and advance in employment the best qualified persons, and to administer these activities in a manner that will not discriminate against an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a position desired or held; or against an individual on the basis of a known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual has a known relationship.

Diversity Statement

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and promoting Deputy District Attorneys and staff without regard to gender, race, disabilities, age, religion, national origin, background, veteran status and social or ethnic group. We recognize that our ability to serve the citizens of Jefferson County is strengthened by establishing a diverse workforce and we value the knowledge and talents of a multicultural prosecutorial team in order to meet our mission in serving the citizens of Jefferson County.