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Paralegal - King County Prosecuting Attorney - Seattle, WA

05/27/2021 8:16 AM | Anonymous

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

  • Paralegal

    Criminal Division


    The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking experienced paralegals to join our team in the Criminal Division.  Our paralegal positions include an independent and active role as part of a collaborative team dedicated to justice.  The most competitive candidates will have the ability to exercise sound judgment, experience with a high-volume caseload, and embrace a culture of learning in a dynamic environment.  

    We value diversity in our team and embrace the cultural and demographic qualities of the King County community. We work to attract and retain a team that represents the range of backgrounds and perspectives that arise from differences of culture and circumstances. We value the ideas and brilliance that come from lived experience. Candidates with such experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    About the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

    The Criminal Division is the largest of four divisions and is organized into several different units.  See the Criminal Division Overview for more information. We are guided by our core values of Justice, Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, and Leadership.

    Our mission is to do justice:

  • We exercise the power given to us by the people with fairness and humility.
  • We serve our diverse community, support victims and families, and hold individuals accountable.
  • We develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington.
  • To learn more about the PAO, please visit our website at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/prosecutor.aspx

    Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants and this recruitment will be used to fill vacancies that occur over the next few months.

    Salary:  Range 49-$30.6775 (step one) – $38.8857 (step ten) hourly 

    Work Location:  This position may be in Seattle or Kent, Washington.  The office of the elected prosecutor is located at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle.

    Work Schedule:   This position works a 35-hour work week schedule, normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This position is eligible for King County’s generous benefits package and is covered by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Union Membership:  Positions in this classification are recognized by Teamsters Local No. 117.

    Job Duties

    Our Criminal Division paralegal positions have a range of responsibilities.  Many of our paralegal positions provide support in all phases of trial preparation for a group of prosecutors with a high-volume workload.  Others support our work in diversion programs, early plea negotiations, post-sentencing (vacates, restoration of rights, etc.), competency issues, involuntary treatment, and appellate to name a few.  

  • Prepare, generate, process, and coordinate service of legal documents, including subpoenas.
  • Maintain case management system (Prosecutor by Karpel – PbK) to reflect updated witness information, court dates, discovery dissemination, trial and disposition information, appellate work, and any other important information that needs to be documented.
  • Manage discovery: Copy/scan, organize, Bates stamp, redact, and disseminate discovery.
  • Create trial exhibits, redact video and audio recordings, and request and monitor transcript requests. 
  • Serve as a liaison with deputy prosecutors, victim advocates, interpreters, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, defense investigators, court personnel, witnesses, victims, and other partner agencies.
  • Notify/inform victims, witnesses, and law enforcement of case status; coordinate witness testimony; review and interpret legal documents and explain legal procedures; schedule interviews with attorneys and witnesses; and arrange travel and lodging accommodations for witnesses as needed.
  • Perform related work as required.
  • Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, have a high attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in communications with people of diverse backgrounds, including victims, witnesses, and the public in a tactful, diplomatic, patient, and professional manner.
  • Must be receptive to instructions, feedback, and coaching.  
  • Ability to use independent judgment, exercise initiative, anticipate needs, and respond appropriately.
  • Must be receptive to instructions, feedback, and coaching.  
  • Demonstrates strong discernment skills in using discretion when working with confidential information. 
  • Desire and aptitude to learn new concepts, programs, and software on the job.
  • Knowledge of legal office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive), Adobe Pro; familiarity with KC Script, JABS, SAW, JBRS, PeopleMap/Accurint and other criminal justice programs is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the legal system; possession of paralegal skills, including preliminary drafting abilities, identification of legal problems, knowledge of legal terminology and application of laws, rules, and regulations, specifically in the criminal justice system.
  • Bilingual skills are desirable.
  • Any combination of experience/education/training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.  Formal paralegal education from an accredited paralegal training institution and/or three years of related experience a plus.
  • Active participation in PAO equity work, attending equity trainings and discussions.  Provide support for the Equity and Social Justice policy and principles and work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement are requisite.

Application Process

Interested individuals must complete the four application components: 1) a resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) respond to the supplemental questions and 4) a fully completed King County application which is available online at: www.kingcounty.gov/jobs (NeoGov).  Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state “see my resume” or are blank, are considered incomplete and will not be competitive.  For further inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Heidi Parkington-Thal at Heidi.parkington-thal@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-1205.

Selection Process

Materials will be reviewed for qualifications, and the most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview process.  Applicants will be required to pass a written paralegal exam.

Special Requirements

Finalists must successfully pass a criminal background check, reference check, and be fingerprinted.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State’s best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model for excellence.  Are you ready to make a difference?  Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation’s best places to live, work, and play.

Guided by our “True North”, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.  We value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workplace and workforce.  To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity.  Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles-we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results, we are racially just, we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards.  We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Special Note Regarding COVID-19

PAO is following Public Health and CDC guidance in regard to social distancing.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours when they are not in the office.  Frequency could vary based on business and operational needs.  Employees must reside in Washington state and interviews for this position will be conducted remotely.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.  No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation or if pregnant), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.  Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation.

The most qualified applicants will be able to demonstrate experience providing high level administrative support in complex, large public sector organizations with multiple stakeholders (public officials, department directors, employees, and labor unions).

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing a paralegal position with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, please follow the application instructions carefully.  If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process, or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement. 

Position closes at midnight on June 11, 2021.

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