Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

The Senior Deputy District Attorney performs professional legal work in the prosecution of criminal cases in the 17th Judicial District, acting on behalf of the District Attorney and representing the People of the State of Colorado.  Attorneys in this category have consistently demonstrated the experience and competence necessary to handle first chair/lead prosecutor responsibilities on any type of case, regardless of complexity.  Attorneys have also demonstrated leadership ability and consistency in developing working relationships with law enforcement, the judiciary, the defense bar, victim groups, and the community.  

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to seeking justice, preserving community safety and making the criminal justice system better
  • Perform the duties of a District Court prosecutor, including preparing and conducting jury trials on high level felony offenses such as homicide cases, sex assault cases etc.
  • Maintain a large caseload of felony cases and perform all necessary duties to shepherd the cases through the criminal justice system, including making appropriate plea offers, working with victims, preparing witnesses, collaborating with law enforcement and interacting with defense attorneys.  
  • Represent the 17th Judicial District and District Attorney using professionalism and integrity in dealing with court officials, witnesses, members of the legal community and the general public.
  • Serve as a leader and mentor in the office, particularly with less-experienced attorneys 
  • Establish, nurture and improve relationships between the District Attorney’s Office and the community 
  • Demonstrate leadership to improve and strengthen the units and teams within the District Attorney’s Office
  • Serve as a liaison to law enforcement agencies within the 17th Judicial District Attorney
  • Provide, on a scheduled basis, off-hour and on-call services to police agencies requiring assistance during nights and weekends
  • Serve on various "on-call" teams within the office, such as Homicide On-Call, Vehicular Homicide On-Call and others as designated 

Examples of Duties for Success


  • Knowledge of the duties, powers, limitations and authorities of the District Attorney’s Office and related law enforcement or criminal justice agencies

  • Significant experience prosecuting high level felony cases from their inception to jury trial, sentencing and post-conviction litigation

  • Knowledge of established precedents, case law and sources of legal reference applicable to the activities of assigned specialized area and the District Attorney’s Office

  • Knowledge of criminal law and procedure, rules of evidence, and advanced principles of litigation, trial and hearing procedures

  • Knowledge of ethical guidelines applicable to the position as outlined by professional standards and/or federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations

  • Commitment to working collaboratively in a team environment

  • Skill in courtroom presentation

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet statutory deadlines

  • Ability to learn and utilize computer case management software programs

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, court officials, law enforcement and the community

Qualifications for Success

  • Must possess a law degree from an accredited law school
  • Seven (7) years minimum experience as prosecuting attorney in the State of Colorado or another State is required.
  • Prior felony prosecution experience is required
  • Must be a licensed attorney permitted to practice law in the State of Colorado. 

More Qualifications for Success

Cover Letter and Resume: To be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume MUST be attached to the application.

Application Instructions

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