Position: Paralegal 1 – DOH4473
Division: Washington Medical Commission
Location: Tumwater, WA
Closes: May 1, 2019
Salary: $3758– $4929 Monthly, DOQ (Range 50)
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The Washington Medical Commissionprotects the public by assuring quality healthcare is provided by physicians and physician assistants (PAs). The Medical Commission establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensure, consistent standards of practice, and continuing competency. We currently regulate about 32,000 licenses, more than 3,000 of which are PAs. Rules, policies, and procedures developed by the Medical Commission promote the delivery of quality healthcare to the people in Washington.
As the Paralegal 1 you will support the Medical Commission’s Mission to protect the health and safety of the people in Washington by providing paraprofessional and technical expertise through the delivery of quality and timely legal services. You will contribute to meeting the objective of improving patient safety through regulatory processes, improving timeliness of cases, applying appropriate sanctions for misconduct, working to ensure that open health care practitioner cases are handled within set timelines, ensuring that Commission decisions comply with sanction guidelines.
This is a full-time permanent Paralegal 1 position.
What will you be doing? – Duties include:
- Manage and monitor assigned cases through the case disposition process, up to closure or forwarding to compliance, to ensure timelines are met and experts are found in a timely manner.
- Compose initial drafts of legal documents and pleadings, including Statements of Charges, Stipulations to Informal Disposition, motions for summary action, default and waiver pleadings, declarations and proposed orders, modifications, and reinstatement orders in accordance with court rules and statutes.
- Select, organize, redact, and mark exhibits.
- ·Reviews evidence, analyzes facts and drafts legal pleadings and documents, including sanction analyses.
- Select evidence to support motions and declarations, copy relevant documents and attach to motions and declarations.
- Prepare records for evaluator for consideration of mental or physical examinations.
- Draft media releases for final and agreed orders.
- Keep up to date with statutory administrative requirements found in the Uniform Disciplinary Act and Washington Administrative Code as it pertains to disciplinary proceedings.
What we’re looking for
The ideal candidate is a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
- Graduation from an accredited paralegal program.
- Two (2) or more years of working as a legal secretary or paralegal.
- Demonstrated experience using MS Outlook to compose, send, and respond to e-mail and to coordinate schedules and schedule meetings.
- Advanced-level experience using MS Word to create forms using templates, work with form fields, and format and enhance forms; use mail merge to create form letters, modify merged documents, and merge envelopes; set default options, customize toolbars and menus, create cross references, and work with endnotes and footnotes; create tables of contents and compile and update indexes; create, run, and edit macros to combine commands and automate complex series of tasks; and work with hyperlinks.
- Basic-level experience using MS Excel to create, modify, print, and format spreadsheets, find and replace data, and work with basic formulas and functions; use templates, styles, AutoFormats, and multiple worksheets.
- Originally written composition: structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and self-editing
- Internet research and navigation.
- Preferred/Desired Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Three (3) or more years or experience as a legal secretary or legal assistant.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
- Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
- Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
- Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
- Occasional overnight travel may be necessary to attend hearings, workshops or commission meetings. May travel alone or with others.
- Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
- Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
- Interact and work with customers, some of whom may be frustrated or distressed in a positive, friendly and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.
- Move or transport boxes of files weighing up to 30 pounds.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.