Legal Administrative Specialist III -Violent Crimes Unit

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on June 15, 2022
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The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking an experienced Legal Administrative Specialist III (LAS III) to join our team in the Violent Crimes Unit of the Criminal Division. Our LAS III positions include an independent and active role as part of a collaborative team dedicated to justice. The most competitive candidates will have the ability to exercise sound judgment, have a high attention to detail, high commitment to justice, and embrace a culture of learning in a dynamic environment.  
We value diversity in our team and embrace the cultural and demographic qualities of the King County community. We work to attract and retain a team that represents the range of backgrounds and perspectives that arise from differences of culture and circumstances. We value the ideas and brilliance that come from lived experience. Candidates with such experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
The Criminal Division is the largest of four divisions and is organized into several different units. See the Criminal Division Overview for more information. We are guided by our core values of Justice, 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 at:
Who may apply:  
This position is open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications. 

 Work Location:  In person/telecommuting hybrid: King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle.

Work Schedule: This position works a 35-hour work week schedule, normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  This position is eligible for King County’s generous benefits package and is covered by the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

This position is eligible for telecommuting except for tasks that require an on-site or in-person presence to fulfill the business needs of the position, unit, division and mission.  A county issued laptop will be provided and employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

Salary: Range 44 
$27.2471 (step one) - $34.5374* (step ten) Hourly

$1,907.30 - $2,417.62 Biweekly
$49,589.72 - $62,858.07 Annually 
 A general wage increase of 4.5% is anticipated later in the year following ratification of the tentative agreement between King County and the Coalition of Unions. 

Union Membership: Positions in this classification are recognized by Teamsters Local No. 117.

Application Process:  Interested individuals must complete the three application components: 

1.  Submit a resume and cover letter

2. Respond to the supplemental questions

3. Fully complete King County application**  

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

Selection Process:

Materials will be reviewed for qualifications, and the most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview process. 

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Karla  Avila Vargas (she/her)

Human Resources Associate 

Special Requirements:

Finalists must successfully submit to a criminal background check, reference check, and be fingerprinted.

*Employees with less than 2 years of service will receive .25 per hour less than the hourly salary table due to a mandatory contribution toward the Teamsters Pension Trust that was voted by members of the collective bargaining agreement between our office and Teamsters Local No. 117.

Job Duties

The person assigned this position will be expected to attend weekly Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) meetings and is invited to contribute to the discussion while maintaining confidentiality and discretion involving highly sensitive matters.  The most competitive candidates possess a desire to learn a wide variety of new skills, are adaptable, work comfortably in a fast-paced environment, and have the flexibility to work well as part of a team and independently.

  • Uploading documents into PbK, e-filing and e-service of documents.
  • Redaction of discovery, audio and video; assistance with maintenance of electronic files and evidence discs.
  • Creation of trial notebooks and assistance with trial exhibits.
  • Assist paralegals with processing trial subpoenas and correspondence, adding/updating witness information and court dates in PbK; providing back-up courtroom assistance to the paralegals.
  • Providing back-up support to the receptionist.
  • Performing related work as needed and other projects as assigned by staff supervisor and unit chair. 
  • Assist in closing out cases for future Appellate procedures. 
  • Handle highly sensitive material that requires special care with respect to security and discretion. 
  • This work is often time sensitive, requiring immediate attention and expeditious handling. 
  • This person will work closely with law enforcement partners, first responders, WSPCL and medical personnel.  
  • Other responsibilities may be added or changed as business needs evolve.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of criminal justice system and office practices/procedures.  
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with a strong attention to detail.  
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, groups and in the courtroom.
  • Follow written and verbal directions and complete assigned tasks on schedule.  
  • Ability to perform assigned job duties with frequent interruptions.  
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes, and apply procedures using good judgment; ability and willingness to accept supervision, coaching and feedback. 
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Skills in using computers and a variety of software such as PbK, Adobe, Word, Excel and PowerPoint; familiarity with other criminal justice programs. 
  • Skills to work independently and follow through on given assignments as well as be part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Demonstrated predictable and reliable attendance.
  • This position may require moving or lifting heavy objects, such as boxes of books, papers, etc. that weigh 20-25 pounds. 
  • Actively participate in PAO equity work, trainings and discussions.
  • Provide support for the Equity and Social Justice policy and principles, work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement.

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.

The Prosecuting Attorney's Office is dedicated to 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

Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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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 requires 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.
  • I cannot comply with this requirement.
  • N/A - I am a current PAO employee.
Are you currently employed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
[External applicants only] Do you have any experience working in a legal and/or office setting? If so, please describe that experience:
[External applicants only] Please describe an equity and social justice issue that is important to you.

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