Legal Assistant - Lead (NDD/SCRAPD)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 18, 2022
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The Department of Public Defense’s Northwest Defenders Division (NDD) and Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons Division (SCRAPD) are seeking interested applicants for a career service Legal Assistant – Lead. The Legal Assistant – Lead performs a vital role in supporting the work of the department. Legal Assistants handle an array of technical legal office support tasks performed under general supervision, requiring an ability to exercise a moderate degree of independent judgment. Duties require a clear understanding and skill in applying office guidelines, legal procedures, work methods, court rules, and applicable laws. The Legal Assistant Lead has additional duties beyond those of the Legal Assistants.

Who May Apply
This recruitment is open to current NDD and SCRAPD career service Legal Assistants who have successfully passed their initial career service probation. DPD is currently accepting applications to fill one Legal Assistant – Lead position in NDD and  SCRAPD.
The Department of Public Defense (DPD) Ethical Walls Policies and Procedures will apply to applicants, such that if you work or have worked for one of DPD's divisions, you may be ineligible to work in another division.

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Work Location
This position will be located at various NDD and SCRAPD offices in Seattle and Kent.

DPD employees enjoy a flexible, hybrid in-office/telecommute workplace structure, and this role should expect to work both in the office and remotely. DPD maintains physical offices in the following locations:

  • Dexter Horton Building, 710 Second Avenue, Seattle
  • Jefferson Street Building, 1401 East Jefferson, Seattle 
  • Meeker Street Building, 420 West Harrison Street, Kent (SCRAPD)
  • Kent Professional Center, 124 4th Avenue, Kent (NDD)
Rotations of work location can occur based on business need, and placements may be made to any of our Seattle and/or Kent locations.    

Work Schedule
The typical workweek is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime pay with approval from the supervisor.
For more information, contact: 
Falisha Forgash
Human Resource Analyst 

Job Duties

In addition to the duties for the Legal Assistant, the Legal Assistant – Lead will: 

  • Assist in workload planning, prioritizing, and assigning work schedules.
  • Cross-train Legal Assistants.
  • Serve as a backup for coverage as needed.
  • Assist with Quality Assurance by running reports in Legal Files upon a supervisor request.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

In addition to the Knowledge/Skills for the Legal Assistant, the Legal Assistant – Lead will: 

  • Have knowledge of each practice area.
  • Skill to perform and teach each piece of a Legal Assistant’s job.
  • Be able to coach and mentor other Legal Assistants.
Education and Experience Requirements
Any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position.

  • Ability to lift/move up to 20-pound boxes

Supplemental Information

DPD Policies 
DPD Ethical Walls Policies and Procedures will apply to applicants, such that if you work or have worked for one of DPD's divisions, you may be ineligible to work in another division.
Outside Work Policy for Administrative Staff will apply to applicants, such that you must receive approval from your supervisor and Managing Attorney before being permitted to engage in outside employment for compensation or volunteer.
Union Membership
Positions in this classification are recognized by Service Employees International Union, Local 925.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
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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.
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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.

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
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For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you a current and/or former employee of the Department of Public Defense?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes to the above, in which division(s)? Otherwise, please indicate N/A.
  • Associated Counsel for the Accused
  • Northwest Defenders
  • Society of Counsel Representing the Accused Persons
  • The Defender Association
  • Director's Office
  • N/A
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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

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