District Court Clerk

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 13, 2021
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Summary

 King County District Court Profile
KCDC is the largest and most technologically-advanced Court of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Washington. It currently processes approximately 200,000 matters per year with 25 elected judges and roughly 260 employees at 8 separate locations. The Court is a leader in many areas involving public safety and access to justice, including the use of problem-solving courts, jail-alternative programs, technology and judge-managed probation services. Twelve cities contract with King County for court services provided by KCDC.
  
A Competitive District Court Clerk Candidate
King County District Court is seeking Court Clerks who are active learners, adaptive, reliable, and action-oriented to establish a competitive pool of candidates for current and future, permanent and temporary, Court Clerk positions throughout King County District Court. Due to COVID-19, KCDC has an increased workload, due to the backlog and the Court is creating a more efficient process to fill vacancies as they occur.  Court Clerks perform technical work and provide clerical support for the operations of the court and work under the direction of the local courthouse management.
 
 Court Clerks must provide outstanding customer service during stressful situations, have impeccable attention to detail, thrive in a team environment with superb problem-solving skills, and be comfortable interacting with Judges, attorneys and executive-level management on a daily basis. We need Court Clerks to be committed to continuous learning, open to change with a positive attitude, and be able to succeed in a fast-paced and a culturally-diverse environment. Candidates with fluency in one or more of the following languages are encouraged to apply: Amharic, American Sign Language, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese.

Job Duties

Scope of Responsibility of a District Court Clerk
Court Clerks are expected to learn all functions of the position, which include but are not limited to: accurate filing of criminal, civil, traffic, small claims, domestic violence, name changes, and anti-harassment matters; providing excellent customer service; managing and correctly recording courtroom proceedings; correctly completing accounting and data-entry duties; learning and applying legal terminology; maintaining electronic court files; and preparing warrants, subpoenas, calendars and miscellaneous documents and following procedures in addition to general clerical competencies.

Supplemental Information

  • Special Requirements: US Citizenship is required. A contingent offer is based upon the results of a criminal background investigation and fingerprinting. 
  • Selection process:  Application materials will be screened for qualifications; the most competitive candidates will be invited for one or more panel interviews. Any employment offer will be contingent upon the results of a criminal background investigation and finger printing.
  • Additional materials required:  A resume and a cover letter or letter of interest summarizing how you meet the listed experience, knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and move and/or lift up to 10 pounds. The vision abilities required to perform this position include close vision.
  • Working ConditionsWork is typically performed in an office environment with a moderate amount of noise (computers, printers, light traffic).   This role routinely uses standard office equipment. 
  • Work scheduleThis recruitment will be used to fill future Regular or Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) positions working a 40-hour work week.  Responsibilities occasionally may require overtime in order to meet deadlines. After hours, on-call support is required.
  • Work location: Various Courthouses that are located in Seattle, Shoreline, Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Burien, MRJC (Kent), and Auburn. 
 
King County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. 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.
 
If you have any questions regarding this position or application process, please contact Erika Yanak at 206-477-0320 or Erika.Yanak@kingcounty.gov. Please include “Court Clerk” within the subject line. 

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.

01
Are you a U.S. citizen?
  • Yes
  • No
02
Please indicate which court locations you are willing to work at:
  • Auburn
  • Burien
  • Kent (MRJC)
  • Bellevue
  • Redmond
  • Issaquah
  • Shoreline
  • Seattle
03
Are you fluent in one or more of the following languages? American Sign Language, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), Somali, Samoan, Amharic, Punjabi, and/or Farsi.
  • Yes
  • No
04
If you answered yes to question #3, please tell us which language you are fluent in. If you answered no, please write "N/A."
05
Why do you want to be a Court Clerk for King County District Court?
06
What makes you a competitive candidate?
07
How do you work and thrive in a culturally-diverse work environment with many different personalities and backgrounds?

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