Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

The Virginia Office of the Attorney General seeks an experienced attorney to fill the position of Chief of the Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Section of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division. We offer the challenge and opportunity of public service, a professional team environment, and competitive salaries and benefits.


DUTIES:  The chief objective of this position is two-fold.  First, the Section Chief manages the legal representation of state client agencies including Virginia State Police (VSP), Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Department of Forensic Science (DFS), Office of the Inspector General (OSIG), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Virginia National Guard (VNG), Department of Fire Programs (DFP)/State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO)/Virginia Fire Services Board; and the Department of Military Affairs (DMA)/Virginia National Guard (VANG)/Virginia Defense Force, and the Board of Corrections.  Second, the Section Chief oversees criminal prosecutions as MCET acts as the primary criminal prosecution section of the Attorney General's Office. It is responsible for prosecuting various crimes throughout the Commonwealth in state and federal courts, either pursuant to the Attorney General's jurisdiction under law or by request of local Commonwealth's Attorneys or United States Attorneys' Offices. The position will also Supervise MCET prosecutors in their prosecutions of opioid distribution offenses, human trafficking, violent crimes, and other significant crime in state jurisdictions throughout Virginia and in federal court.  Review public safety legislation pending before the General Assembly and testify in committee hearings on legislation as needed. Supervise, review and analyze complaints against elected officials for prosecutorial merit. Supervise and draft official advisory opinions of the Attorney General.  Represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, its agencies, or the United States in court hearings and trial as required. The Section Chief will also provide legal advice to client agencies, manage and oversee representation of client agencies, respond to client agency requests for statutory and regulatory interpretations; respond to public inquiries; assist client agencies with response to public inquiries; provide FOIA-related advice; and resolve inter- and intra-agency disputes.  Consult with client agency staff and provide informal reviews of proposed agency correspondence for conformity with constitutional requirements and state law.  Assign and ensure adequate staffing for client needs.  

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate must be barred in the state of Virginia, possess substantial prosecutorial experience, strong relationships with state and federal law enforcement officials, possess sound judgment, attention to detail, strong communication skills, courtroom and advocacy skills, and interpersonal skills, have the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment, ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and investigative agencies and to lead, manage, coach, counsel and provide work direction to attorneys and other legal and support personnel. Preferred candidates will have the SAUSA designation.

SALARY:  Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

TO APPLY:  Please apply on-line at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. This position will remain open until filled, however, to ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, August 5, 2022.