CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
PROSECUTION ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR
This is administrative and technical supervisory work within a functional prosecution area
of the District Attorney's Office. An employee in this class plans, assigns, coordinates, and
reviews the activities of a staff performing specialized administrative and technical support
functions for attorneys charged with the prosecution of individuals accused of violating the
criminal and/or civil code. Work encompasses supervising a staff engaged in gathering
information, and/or interviewing plaintiffs and defendants and/or making legal recommendations.
Work involves determining training and developmental needs, reviewing and modifying the
procedures of the unit, and resolving problems within assigned functional area. Work requires
interaction with members of the criminal justice system or other court related systems including
attorneys, judges, detectives, police officers, etc. Work is performed under the general
supervision of an administrative and technical superior.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Plans, directs, coordinates, evaluates and reviews the activities of a group of workers
engaged in performing a variety of staff or advisory assistance to prosecuting attorneys;
establishes work priorities; orients and trains employees in functional principles, practices,
procedures, and appropriate rules and regulations; provides technical guidance to staff; reviews
and modifies methodology, procedures, and processes.
- Directs the activities of a staff engaged in the review of trial files and official documents,
reports and records to ascertain charges, facts and circumstances of arrest, defendant's criminal
record, behavior of defendant, or other pertinent information to be found in both civil and
criminal cases; evaluates findings and facts of case for applicability in specialty area; advises
prosecution attorneys of findings and conclusions; presents petitions to the court; may suggest
areas for questioning in court; maintains records of court decisions and dispositions.
- May review arrest and criminal records to determine eligibility for diversion of case to
an appropriate social agency; discusses legal procedures, reasons for continuances, and facts of
case with witnesses; discusses facts of case, their availability, their opinion of the case and the
reliability of witnesses with enforcement officials.
- Monitors changes in legislation which may effect the unit; maintains statistics and records
of the cases processed by the unit; prepares special reports as requested.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- criminal justice and/or civil processes as they apply in the functional area of
- the legal conditions and considerations as they apply in the functional area of
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- the rules of evidence.
- basic legal concepts and vocabulary.
- sources and standards of legal research.
- plan, assign and review the work of a group of employees engaged in providing staff or
advisory assistance to prosecuting attorneys.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the criminal
justice or other relevant system.
- write narrative and technical English.
- prepare and post a variety of records and reports.
- exercise judgment.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/85.)
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department.
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university,
including or supplemented by courses in legal practices and procedures.
- Three years of experience providing technical staff assistance to attorneys charged with
the prosecution of individuals accused of violating the criminal penal code or civil code, two
years of which shall have been in a specialized function exercising judgment in completing assignments; and two years of general supervisory experience.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: EP18
Class Established: 9/1985
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 2M90