Washington State Paralegal Association

Paralegal 1 - The Attorney General’s Office - WA State

09/07/2023 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Salary: $52,620.00 - $70,800.00 Annually

Location: Multiple Locations - Western Washington, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Job Number: 2023-08109

Department: Attorney General's Office

Opening Date: 09/06/2023

Closing Date: Continuous

Position and Salary

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is recruiting for multiple full-time, permanent Paralegal 1 positions. Positions may be based in our Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, or Tumwater office locations. With the exception of a few, most of the positions are represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

This recruitment announcement will be used to fill multiple full-time, permanent Paralegal 1 positions based in our Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, or Tumwater office locations.
If you are a legal support professional looking for a supportive, collaborative environment where you can contribute in meaningful ways, we invite you to consider joining our team. If you choose to join our office, you will join a team committed to supporting work-life balance and providing a wide variety of professional development and advancement opportunities.
In addition to one of the best benefits packages in the country, the Paralegal 1 salary range is $52,620- $70,800. The base pay offered will take into account internal equity and may vary depending on the preferred candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

The following premium pay may apply based on position requirements:

  • Incumbents assigned to our Seattle office location receive an additional 5% King County Location Pay.  
  • Incumbents assigned to a position designated as requiring dual language skills will receive a 5% Dual Language Requirement Pay. 
Excellent benefits

Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, including Medical/Dental/Vision for employees & dependent(s); Vacation, Sick, and Other Leave; 11 Paid Holidays per year; Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) plans; and Life Insurance.  Beyond these traditional benefits, we offer Dependent Care Assistance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Deferred Compensation, Employee Recognition Leave, and more.
With the goal of employee health and wellness, we also offer:
  • Flexible schedules and part-time/hybrid telework options;
  • A Wellness Program, an Infants in the Workplace Program, and the Employee Assistance Program, which provides counseling, webinar, and other cost-free support resources;
  • Numerous employee-driven affinity groups to foster community and connection, including Bereavement, Elder Care, Parenting, POC, LGBTQ+, Veterans and more. The AGO is a place to belong and make a difference!


Apply for multiple positions with one application!

This recruitment announcement will be used to fill multiple open positions within the same classification. This type of pooled application system means that there is potential for your application to be seen by multiple hiring teams while only applying once, and speeding up the application to hiring timeline. Maximize your time investment by utilizing this pooled application system.   

Position Description

What does a Paralegal 1 do?
Our Paralegal 1 staff provide critical support for Assistant Attorneys General in litigation of state matters, preparing for trial, and applying knowledge of court rules related to legal practice, subject matter, and court filing procedures in civil and appellate matters.

As a Paralegal 1, you may be entrusted to perform some of the following duties: analyze facts, compose documents and pleadings, schedule and/or interview witnesses, research legal issues and evaluate the facts of cases, coordinate the preparation for litigation, track status of cases from summons to trial, and draft legal notices.
If you are interested in a dynamic career that protects the interests of the people of Washington, please apply and become part of our team.

Agency Information
Washington State Office of the Attorney General 
The work of the AGO touches the lives of every resident in Washington, providing excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State and protecting the rights of its people. We serve more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The Office is comprised of nearly 700 attorneys and 800 professional staff, all working together to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to Washington state officials, agencies, and entities. This includes:

  • Economic justice and consumer protections (safeguarding consumers, protecting youth, seniors, and other vulnerable populations)
  • Social justice and civil rights (addressing discrimination, environmental protection, and veteran and military resources)
  • Criminal justice and public safety (investigative and prosecutorial support, financial crimes)
  • And much more!
Our agency also has national reach, representing the State of Washington before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and trial courts in all cases that involve the state’s interest. If you want to make a difference, we may be the perfect fit for you! Learn more about the AGO here.  
Commitment to Diversity
Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO and we are committed to building an anti-racist and equitable agency. It is our goal to identify, discuss, and challenge racial inequity in the workplace and the impact it has on our employees, and, within our authority, combat racism that impacts the people of the State of Washington. This means recognizing, respecting, and appreciating all cultures and backgrounds-- and fostering the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in a professional, inclusive, respectful environment.
One recent measure of the AGO's commitment to diversity can be found in its nomination for Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network's "Outstanding Agency Award" in 2019.  Our commitment to employee wellness is reflected in earning the 2022 "Zo8 Washington Wellness Award".

Desired Qualifications:

Research suggests that women and people of color are less likely to apply unless they are confident they meet 100% of the listed qualifications. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, and allow us to evaluate your combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrated using an intentional equity lens.  

Combination of three years of experience through paralegal certification, two-year paralegal degree, and/or paraprofessional experience in support of an attorney.

You may have gained applicable paraprofessional experience through previous Paralegal or Legal Assistant work.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.
 Read the following information completely:
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 60 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Accommodations Requests

Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.
The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at HREmployment@atg.wa.gov. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.
For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Nikki Williams @ (360) 596-8891 or Nikki.Williams@atg.wa.gov.
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com


Washington State Paralegal Association
1402 Lake Tapps Parkway SE
Ste. F104/PMB133
Auburn, WA. 98092



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