Attorney - Civil Division

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
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Posted on October 30, 2020

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

The mission of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO) is to “Do Justice.”  The hallmarks of service in the Office are Integrity, Compassion, Leadership and Professionalism.  The PAO employs over 500 deputies and staff.  King County provides more than 2 million residents with excellence and equity in the essential services that make this one of the nations' best places to live, work, play and raise a family. 

The PAO is seeking an experienced construction law attorney to join the Contracts and Finance Section of its Civil Division.  If you seek challenging, meaningful work and a chance to "give back" to your community while working in a collegial office and maintaining a healthy work-life balance, this opportunity may be for you.  As the in-house law firm for County government, the Civil Division collaborates with client agencies to develop, fund, deliver, manage, and defend public projects, legislation, and initiatives that affect every aspect of civil society   The Contracts and Finance Section represents King County agencies in the procurement and administration of contracts for goods, information technology systems and services, professional services, and construction services.

Job Duties

This position primarily advises the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, an agency within the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.  The Wastewater Treatment Division operates King County’s regional wastewater system, serving approximately 1.8 million people, and has an active capital project program.  The position involves providing legal assistance to the client on contract administration, claims review, and dispute resolution issues arising out of construction projects.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The successful candidate should have three or more years of experience handling construction contract claims and disputes, public or private (public contract law knowledge desired, but not required).  The candidate should also have knowledge and experience:

  • with alternative dispute processes, preparing a case for trial, conducting discovery, and participating in a trial;
  • working on construction claims for added compensation and time, delay damages, impact damages, assessment of liquidated damages and substantive law surrounding these issues;
  • with alternate project delivery methods, such as design-build and GCCM; and
  • working with engineers and scheduling and damages experts.   

We are looking for candidates with excellent analytical, legal research and writing ability, substantive knowledge and experience on construction law issues, and great interpersonal communication skills.  This is NOT an entry level position.  

In addition, all PAO employees are expected to participate in PAO equity work and attending equity trainings and discussions.  PAO employees are expected to comply with equity and social justice principles, and to work with PAO colleagues, management, and county clients to identify opportunities for improvement.

Supplemental Information

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen per RCW, must be licensed to practice law in the state of Washington at the time of application, and must submit to a criminal history check to include fingerprints.

Salary depends on experience.  In addition, the county has a generous benefits package.

Benefits Package:  The County offers an excellent benefits package including employee and dependent coverage for Medical, Dental and Vision.  Employees also receive life insurance, long term disability and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.  Employees are members of the Washington State Retirement System.  Employees accrue vacation days and actually use them.  Other benefits are available, including deferred compensation and flexible spending accounts, for interested employees.  The Prosecuting Attorney's Office pays Bar dues and the cost of CLE credits.

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, likely through July 7, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July, 7 2021.  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.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.