Employment Opportunities


Date:                           June, 2018


Main functions:

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is seeking an Assistant District Attorney to prosecute misdemeanor and felony cases in the District Courts in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.


  • Perform all of the legal functions related to the prosecution of cases in the District Courts including handling arraignments, bail requests, pre-trial conferences, and evidentiary and non-evidentiary motion hearings; prepare cases for bench and jury trials including preparing witness lists, responding to discovery requests, and interviewing witnesses; trying cases in both the bench and jury sessions.
  • Participate in community outreach programs as assigned by the District Attorney;


Minimum of one (1) year of experience as a prosecutor or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the core functions of the position.  Strong analytical, organizational, time management, writing and trial advocacy skills are essential.  This position also requires an individual who is able to work collaboratively with others and who is highly motivated to work in the public interest.

Salary: $47,000 - $52,000 plus medical and other employee benefits.

Applicants must submit a NWDA Employment Application Form located on www.northwesternda.org, a cover letter and resume to jamie.foster@state.ma.us.  



Date:                                        March, 2017

Position Title:                          FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR AND FRAUD EXAMINER

Main functions:               

To assist in the investigation, evaluation, and prosecution of economic crimes within the 47 communities of the Northwestern District.    Work effectively with prosecutors, state police detectives, local law enforcement, financial institutions and businesses, elder and disabled protective services, and others to achieve justice for the victims of economic crime or financial abuse.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Investigate, evaluate, and assist with the prosecution of economic crimes referred to the Northwestern DA’s office. The Forensic investigator and Fraud Examiner shall maintain the highest ethical standards in every aspect of work including rigorously maintaining confidentiality
  • Collect and organize relevant data from financial records, digital evidence, victim and witness statements, law enforcement, ADAs, Victim Witness Advocates, and other sources for prosecution of cases.
  • To assist with preparation for grand jury indictments, District Court arraignments, and Superior and District Court trials.
  • Responsible for working with ADAs and staff on organizing, categorizing and production of discovery on economic crimes.
  • Participate in case management meetings to effectively evaluate and investigate cases for prosecution. Complete work in a timely fashion by anticipating the needs of prosecutor and prioritizing time sensitive matters.
  • Develop, maintain and update time standards, best practices, and written protocols (with the assistance of the District Attorney and First Assistant District Attorney) for the effective and timely investigation, evaluation, and prosecution of economic crimes.
  • Testify as a witness on financial fraud, embezzlement, and elder financial abuse cases.
  • Prepare ADAs or state police detectives/local police investigators to obtain documentation or interview witnesses/ defendants about criminal activities.
  • Work with ADAs to prepare grand jury subpoenas, witness summons, search warrants, preservation letters, and keeper of records requests as needed.
  • Perform any other duties related to the position of  Forensic Investigator and Fraud Examiner as requested by the District Attorney, First Assistant District Attorney, or assigned Assistant District Attorneys  when needed

    Salary and work hours:    The Forensic Investigator and Fraud Examiner is a part-time employee, working 15 hours per week, with a schedule of hours to be established by the First Assistant District Attorney. The rate of compensation is $30-40 per hour (negotiable, based on experience), with no benefits.

    Qualifications and Requirements:   Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Accounting.  Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Fraud Examiner preferred.  Must have a background in financial auditing and/or economic crime investigation and prosecution.  Must be able to work well with others and be an integral part of the prosecution team; be patient, diligent, and meticulous in conducting investigations and prosecutions; possess good judgment; be a person of integrity and high moral character; and seek justice and truth in every case.

    Applicants must submit cover letter, resume and an Employment Application Form .   Employment Application Forms can be found below or are available at the Northwestern District Attorney’s Offices. 

    If you require an accommodation related to a medical condition in order to participate in any phase of the application process please inform the Director of Operations in order to determine what can be done to provide you with an accommodation

    Completed application packets may be submitted via email to martha.murphy.kane@state.ma.us or to Martha’s attention at One Gleason Plaza, Northampton, MA  01060.