Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Lateral and/or Term-Limited

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on October 1, 2021
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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Criminal Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is seeking multiple highly motivated attorneys to join our office as lateral and/or term-limited Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys.

If you seek enriching, meaningful work and a chance to serve your community while working as part of a dynamic team, this opportunity may be for you. 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.  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.

We value diversity and strive to hire a workforce that reflects the community that we serve. It is essential to our mission that we create and maintain an office that is diverse and inclusive. All PAO employees are expected to participate in PAO equity work and attend equity trainings and discussions. PAO employees are expected to comply with equity and social justice principles, and to work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement.    

Job Duties

KCPAO deputies cover work at courthouses in Redmond, Kent and Seattle.  All deputies are expected to be able to work at any of those locations.  The courts are currently allowing virtual appearances for some calendars due to COVID-19, but in-person appearances will be necessary for hearings as well as for jury trials.  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.
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.

At this time, the PAO is welcoming applications for both lateral and term-limited positions. Candidates should indicate their preference in the supplemental questions. This is an open and continuous recruitment that will be used to fill multiple positions over the next few months.  The post will remain up until open positions have been filled.

The term-limited DPA contract is for 12 months, with the possibility of extension. Term-limited DPAs are primarily assigned to work in our District Court Unit.  This position will provide excellent courtroom experience, especially for new or inexperienced lawyers. Potential work assignments include handling gross misdemeanor cases in the District Court Unit, assisting with mainstream felony filings, and covering felony calendars. Term-limited DPAs may also be assigned to work in our Involuntary Treatment Unit representing local psychiatric hospitals in civil commitment hearings. DPAs assigned to this unit work closely with mental health professionals to conduct civil mental health commitment trials and hearings.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Strong legal research, writing and analytical skills. 
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to working effectively in a team environment. 
  • Strong commitment to Equity and Social Justice issues including working on personal cultural competency. 
  • Passion and willingness to learn trial skills. 
  • Must be Washington State Bar qualified.
Special Requirements:  
  • Member in good standing with the Washington State Bar.
  • Able to work at any of our three locations (Seattle, Kent & Redmond).
  • Must submit to a criminal history check.
  • U.S. Citizenship (per RCW 36.27 and 29A.04 and Article VI of the WA Constitution).
Application Process:
1) Fully complete King County application*
2) Attach Cover Letter addressed to Hiring Committee
3) Attach Resume
4) Answer supplemental questions

*Applications or supplemental questionnaires that state "see my resume" or that are blank are considered incomplete and will not be considered competitive.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Hazel Johnson (she/her)
Human Resources Analyst

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, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office 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.

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.

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.

The Prosecuting Attorney's Office is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • I understand this requirement. If selected, I will provide proof of CDC approved vaccination or I will request an exemption (that would be considered but may not be granted) based on my medical disability or my sincerely held religious belief.
  • I cannot comply with this requirement.
Are you licensed to practice law in Washington State?
  • Yes
  • No
What is your WSBA number?
Are you able to work in Seattle, Kent and Redmond?
  • Yes
  • No
We are recruiting both lateral and term-limited deputies at this time. Please indicate which type of position you are interested in.
  • Lateral (Typically 3+ years criminal experience)
  • Term-limited (No experience required)
  • Both (I have experience and prefer a term-limited position)
Why do you want to be a prosecutor?
How can you contribute to the PAO's goals of increasing equity and social justice, both within our office and in the communities we serve?

Required Question