Court Clerk II

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 1, 2021
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King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles of being: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional, fair and just.
Who we are: The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA), also known as the Superior Court Clerk's Office, is an innovative, forward-looking agency that uses technology to help perform tasks better, more efficiently and reliably. The Clerk's Office performs a variety of services for the Court, litigants and the general public, including:  management of Superior Court case records, in-court staffing for proceedings and exhibit processing, management of financial services and trust funds related to superior court cases, and assisting customers obtain copies, file paperwork, and get the information they need to navigate the court process.
 Our Mission: To provide professional, high-quality Superior Court record services and justice system programs, while ensuring access to justice and integrity in the process.
  DJA is seeking a candidate who enjoys working on a variety of tasks, can switch gears at a moment's notice, works effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and can work independently.

JOB TYPE: This opportunity is being offered as a Term Limited Temporary (TLT) OR a Special Duty assignment.  Special duty opportunities are only open to current King County career services employees that have completed their initial probation. Special Duty applicants must have approval from their current supervisor to accept an assignment.This recruitment is being used to establish a pool to fill immediate and future temporary vacancies.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified King County employees and the general public. DJA values diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
WORK LOCATION:  These positions may be based at the King County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave, Room E609, Seattle, WA; Maleng Regional Justice Center located at 401 4th Ave N Room 2C, Kent, WA; or the Juvenile Clerk's Office located at 1211 East Alder St., Seattle, WA.  
  WORK SCHEDULE: This position works a 35-hour workweek, typically 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This position is overtime eligible.
  Required Materials: 
  King County Application form  
  Letter of Interest detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the  requirements listed in this job announcement.  Your letter of interest will be used to rate your writing skills.

Responses to supplemental questions are required in addition to your application.  
  Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application. Your options are:
  *Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the
  *Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Contact information:  Please direct questions about this position to Gina Saucier at 206-263-1014.  If you have questions about the recruitment process please direct those questions to Joy Fernandes at 206-477-0774.

Job Duties

Positions in this classification are responsible to record the proceedings of the court and accurately create and prepare a written record of King County Superior Court events. Primary duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Accurately record the details of all courtroom proceedings  
  •  Identify, number, file and maintain security of all exhibits presented as evidence  
  •  Complete minute entries for proceedings brought before the court  
  •  Administer oaths to jurors, read verdict of the jury and poll individual jurors  
  •  Obtain and review certain documents for signatures  
  •   Performing audio and video functions  
  •   Filing documents presented in court 
  •   Recording the names of the witnesses that appear 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Applicant's experience must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities or any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work: 

  • General office experience performing a variety of complex duties of moderate difficulty, in positions which involved independent judgment and extensive knowledge of policies, procedures and responsibilities of an office.  
  • Must have strong computer skills, including data entry and typing experience.  
  • Willingness to adapt and learn quickly when challenged with new tasks.  
  • Ability to use time management, self-direction, resources and tools to complete multiple tasks simultaneously with extreme accuracy, while establishing priorities and adapting to changes to meet deadlines.  
  • Ability to organize work priorities and find solutions to difficult or complex issues.  
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to last minute assignment changes.  
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to maintain a professional demeanor and composure at all times.  
  • Strong effective listening and communication skills. Interpersonal and decision making skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability working with diverse cultural and socio-economic populations.  
  • Understanding of the importance of integrity, trust and confidentially in the legal process and accountability in the workplace.  
  • Knowledge of legal terminology or demonstrated ability and experience learning other professional terminology.  
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with demonstrated interpersonal and decision making skills  
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience as a Court Clerk and/or experience in a judicial environment.

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 of 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.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 

 As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.  People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.   

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 and pregnancy), 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.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, 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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Applicants that are found to be minimally qualified will be further reviewed for competitive quality. Those applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge and training may be contacted for interviews.  Professional reference checks will be conducted prior to any offer of employment.
Positions in this classification are represented by Local PSEU. 

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.

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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Describe your experience working in a professional work environment with little or no direct supervision.
Please describe your experience in learning legal terminology or other professional terminology and how did you use that terminology in your daily work.
Please describe your ability to be flexible and learn quickly. Give us an example that shows your ability to be flexible in the work place and learn something new.
Please describe a time when your composure and listening skills were challenged and served you well in a professional setting.
Please identify a specific example when you provided great customer service to a customer with a different background. Describe the service you provided and any issues that arose and the outcome.
The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) and King County are actively engaged in Equity and Social Justice Awareness. ESJ is not only about gender, race, or culture. ESJ is about equitable opportunities of our employees, our customers accessing services and employment opportunities, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background to name a few. ESJ is embedded in our values here at DJA and King County. Describe your experience with a diverse customer base work relationships where ESJ was applied and what did you like the most about your experience.

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