Employment Opportunities

Request for Proposal: Reset Jefferson County Office of the District Attorney – Birmingham Division

Statement of Purpose:
Reset Jefferson County is seeking community-based program providers to conduct four-hour restorative justice workshops for young adults in Jefferson County who have been arrested for Class D Felonies.

Organization Background:
Reset Jefferson County is a pilot program under Danny Carr, Jefferson County District Attorney – Birmingham Division in partnership with Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and funded by the Instruments of Hope Unity Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Reset Jefferson County diverts people out of jails and prisons with a proportionate, effective, and meaningful response to low-level offending by completing community-based program requirements. The approach used holds people accountable for their actions, strengthens public trust in the justice system, and creates opportunities for young, low-level offenders to move forward without the life-altering punishment of a felony conviction and financial burden of court or program costs.

Once a participant has successfully completed the program, the District Attorney’s Office will decline to prosecute them, and they won’t have to appear in court. Participants who do not complete programming are sent back to the court system.

Project Features:
Reset Jefferson County program providers will:

  • Develop engaging curriculum appropriate for young adults for four-hour workshops with the goals to:
    • Guide conversations where young people can express themselves and be provided tools to make better decisions in the future and set goals for themselves
    • Create a welcoming, non-judgmental space where communication is encouraged for participants, especially concerning issues they may be having that might affect their decision-making and what led to their arrest
    • Educate participants on developing healthy outlets for dealing with the problems they face and subsequent emotions
    • Incorporate empathy and listening exercises to help participants understand how decision-making impacts them personally, their families, friends, and community
    • Use creativity, such as art, music, writing, drama, and storytelling to encourage participation
  • Commit to leading workshops a minimum of once every six weeks, likely on some weekends and/or evenings
  • Modify curriculum as needed depending on the needs and characteristics of the workshop participants

Contract Details:
The selected program provider will be required to commit to one scheduled workshop every six weeks. Programming will commence in June of 2022, and workshops will occur at least once every six weeks through November 30, 2022, for a total of five workshops in 2022. The workshops shall accommodate participants’ schedules, will occur on evenings and/or weekends, and may be subject to change depending on the availability of the participants. The provider will have flexibility to schedule workshops within these parameters. Space will be provided at a location conducive to the goals of this program within Birmingham by Reset Jefferson County. Programming will not be provided at the courthouse.

Funding of up to $7,500 is available. The providers will be paid per workshop.

Funding permitted, there will be an option for renewal of this contract in 2023.

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.

How to Submit a Proposal:
Please submit the following and any questions you may have no later than May 6, 2022 via email to Natalie Campbell,
campbelln@jccal.org.

  1.  A technical approach which describes how you will conduct the workshop within the goals outlined above
  2.  A brief summary of your recent and relevant projects and how you believe your personal and/or professional history can positively impact participants
  3. Existing written curriculum from similar programs or workshops you have conducted
  4. An estimate of fees/rates to be charged for services provided
  5. Resumes of all involved in your proposed approach if applicable

The provider selected for the 2022 programming will be informed no later than May 20, 2022.

Helping Families Initiative (HFI) Case Officer

Job Summary:
Work involves the responsibility to assist the District Attorney’s Office by coordinating a response to cases for the Helping Families Initiative.  Works with children and their families throughout the process. Employee exercises considerable independent judgement in performance of duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts in-home assessments and compiles relevant information to assess the functioning of families through reviewing records and conducting personal interviews.
  • Identifies strengths and weaknesses of clients and families using the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale.
  • Provides written and oral reports to the Inter Agency Team and develops individualized intervention plans to address the issues. 
  • Maintains accurate and timely records in databases.
  • Develops good relationships with families, school personnel and service providers. Communicates clearly and builds trust with stakeholders.
  • Accurately answers client and stakeholder questions regarding HFI and gives brief presentations on the program when requested.
  • Makes appropriate and successful referrals for services addressing needs identified on the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale.
  • Engages with families using Motivational Interviewing techniques to successfully implement individualized intervention plans and monitors compliance.  Addresses issues and revises plans as necessary.
  • Documents success stories and completes reporting according to deadlines.

Supervision Exercised:
None.

Work Environment:
Work is generally performed in an office setting, client residence, meeting room, school or community location, and exposes employee to everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Work is generally sedentary, however, walking, standing, bending, and carrying items weighing less than 15 pounds is required.

Knowledge-Skills:

Knowledge of the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.  Knowledge of law enforcement procedures.  Knowledge of school administration.  Ability to develop goals, objectives, policies and procedures as needed. Knowledge of the community based social services. Knowledge of child protection services policies and procedures. Knowledge of ethical standards and confidentiality.  Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the children, family members, coworkers, law enforcement, school administrators and social services agency personnel. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to prepare records to identify problems, actions taken, and disposition of case. Ability to adhere to policies and procedures.  Ability to utilize effective interviewing techniques.  Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.  Ability to analyze difficult situations and take reasonable action.  Ability to drive an automobile.

License/Certification Required:

Valid driver's license.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science preferred (Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, or other closely related field).  A combination of education and experience indicative of the ability to accomplish program goals acceptable in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree. Experience using Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, Power Point, & Outlook).  Valid Driver’s License.  No felony convictions.  No misdemeanor convictions related to victimization, abuse, or moral turpitude (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, theft, assault).

This is a summary of typical or representative duties and responsibilities inherent in the job and is not intended to be inclusive of all duties, responsibilities, and tasks performed by an employee.

To apply for the Helping Families Initiative Case Worker position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to April Smith at 
smithap@jccal.org.

 

Prosecutor - Domestic Violence Innovative Prosecution Solutions Initiative

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is hiring a prosecutor through the Domestic Violence Innovative Prosecution Solutions Initiative to prosecute domestic violence cases as well as be responsible for carrying out the goals and objectives of the initiative aimed to enhance prosecutors’ ability to effectively prevent and respond to domestic violence.  The qualifications for this position are a licensed Alabama attorney in good standing; strong courtroom and litigation skills; knowledge of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on best practices for domestic violence prevention and response; and experience working with domestic violence survivors.  Responsibilities include prosecuting domestic violence cases; promote evidence-based prosecutions; provide support to Jefferson County prosecutors in an effort to improve the effectiveness of domestic violence prosecutions, conduct presentations and trainings; work collaboratively with the One Place Family Justice Center; foster collaborations with agencies to increase prosecutorial effectiveness in domestic violence; assist with the development of a comprehensive plan to address the complex nature of domestic violence and firearm cases; supervise domestic violence team members; other responsibilities as determined by the Jefferson County District Attorney.

This is a summary of typical or representative duties and responsibilities inherent in the job and is not intended to be inclusive of all duties, responsibilities, and tasks performed by an employee.

To apply for the Prosecutor - Domestic Violence Innovative Prosecution Solutions Initiative position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Caraway at carawayj@jccal.org.

 

District Attorney Investigator - The Jefferson County, Alabama Civil Rights Cold Case and Reconciliation Initiative

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is hiring an investigator through the Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Training and Technical Assistance Program.

The Jefferson County, Alabama Civil Rights Cold Case and Reconciliation Initiative is a new project within the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.  Working alongside federal partners, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office will pursue cases involving murders associated with civil rights violations in Jefferson County prior to January 1, 1980.

The Investigator will coordinate with federal and local law enforcement, prosecutorial partners, and research fellows to investigate, research, and identify civil rights cold case incidences, review evidence, interview witnesses, and inform and support the needs of the District Attorney's Office. The Investigator will report all evidence, testimony, and potentially informative material to the Jefferson County District Attorney and federal law enforcement partners for their assessment.  

Minimum qualifications include APOST certification and in good standing; five years’ experience in criminal investigations; skilled at research and analysis; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications; ability to develop and provide detailed, high-quality, unbiased investigative reports; ability to work with multi-disciplinary staff and team members; and other responsibilities as determined by the Jefferson County District Attorney.

This is a summary of typical or representative duties and responsibilities inherent in the job and is not intended to be inclusive of all duties, responsibilities, and tasks performed by an employee.

To apply for the Investigator - Alabama Civil Rights Cold Case and Reconciliation Initiative position, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Caraway at carawayj@jccal.org.

 

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 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

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 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 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.