Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Term-Limited

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on May 18, 2023
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$81,495.65 - $135,039.84 Annually


Seattle, WA

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Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

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PAO - Prosecuting Attorneys



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King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Term-Limited, Criminal Practice

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is seeking highly motivated attorneys to join our office as Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys - Term-Limited. These are excellent opportunities for newer and experienced attorneys to develop expertise and gain courtroom experience in our District Court Unit, General Crimes Unit, Violent & Economic Crimes Unit, and Involuntary Treatment Act Unit - with additional rotation opportunities depending on experience and performance. 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.

About the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
The criminal practice of our office is organized into specialized units, housed within the Mainstream Criminal Division, Gender Based Violence and Prevention Division, and the Economic Crimes and Wage Theft Division. We are guided by our core values of 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 .

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.

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.

Job Duties

Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys (DPAs) cover work at courthouses in Seattle, Kent and Redmond. All deputies are expected to be able to work at any of those locations.

Attorneys hired into these roles are primarily assigned to work in the following units:
  • General Crimes Unit - The General Crimes Unit (GCU) handles felony trials and files charges in a variety of cases, such as Assault 3, Felony Harassment, Burglaries, Car Theft, Unlawful Firearm Possession, Escape, and Narcotics Deliveries. The goal of this unit is for every DPA to become proficient in filing, improve trial skills, and become familiar with all aspects of felony practice. GCU is located in the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
  • Violent & Economic Crimes Unit - Cases handled by the Violent & Economic Crimes Unit (VECU) cover a wide range of crimes in South King County. From simple thefts to assaults and drive by shootings, the cases in VECU cover a variety of crimes and seriousness levels. VECU is located in the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

  • Involuntary Treatment Act Unit - The Involuntary Treatment Act Unit (ITA) handles involuntary mental health treatment commitment cases. Working as part of the ITA Unit involves representing local psychiatric hospitals and working closely with mental health professionals to conduct civil mental health commitment trials and hearings. ITA Court is located in the Ninth & Jefferson Building, across the street from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
With our office continuing to address the criminal case backlog caused by COVID-19, we anticipate ample opportunity to rotate into other units as business needs evolve.

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 Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

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)
Supplemental Information

$81,495.6480 - $135,039.84 Annually (depending on experience)
Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys also enjoy King County's robust benefits package and are represented by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Association.

Application Process:
1. Fully complete King County application*
2. Attach Cover Letter addressed to the 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)
Deputy Director of Human Resources

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. 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.

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
  • 12paid 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.