Managing Attorney Preparation Program Development Opportunity (Internal Only)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on October 13, 2021
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About the Position
The King County Department of Public Defense (DPD) is committed to the development and career progression of our dedicated Supervising Attorney staff. In partnership with Teamsters Local 117, DPD has initiated a project entitled the Managing Attorney Preparation Program (MAPP), which aims to develop current staff for senior leadership roles, while helping DPD to deepen its bench of qualified and competent senior leaders.
DPD will utilize supervisor levels to recruit, recognize, and retain talented, accomplished supervisors who are interested in upward career progression within the department and seek to strengthen their leadership skillset and experiences.
Who May Apply
This recruitment is INTERNAL ONLY and open to current King County, Public Defense Attorney – Supervisors within DPD. DPD is currently accepting applications for the MAPP applicants in all divisions. The work location and practice area of the position can be rotated based on business need. DPD Ethical Walls Policies and Procedures will apply to applicants.
Per International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 117 - Department of Public Defense - Supervisors and Managers MOA "Managing Attorney Preparation Program (MAPP) Pilot Project,” the MAPP participant for each division shall be selected from the Supervisors' ranks in his or her respective division.
 This assignment is anticipated to be up to two years in length.
Work Schedule
The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some night and weekend work. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay.

Forms and Materials Required:

  1. An online employment application completed at
  2. A letter of interest detailing the following:
    1. How this program supports your career goals.
    2. What you've done to prepare for leadership roles to date.
    3. Why you are interested in the role of Managing Attorney.

Interviews will be conducted beginning the week of November 15, 2021 with estimated start date no later than the week of December 13, 2021.
For more information, contact:
Elisha Mackey 
Senior Human Resource Analyst

Job Duties

MAPP participants are expected to fulfill all associated standard supervisor duties, in addition, as a part of the program participants will be asked to actively participate in and complete learning and development assignments and various on-the-job training tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Be the incumbent back-up to fill in for temporary vacancies as Managing Attorney.
  • Assist the managing attorney with tasks such as:
    • verifying that all staff are evaluated on an annual basis.
    • drafting and disseminating division communications.
    • consulting on policy and personnel matters.
    • supporting the Managing Attorney with planning and implementing employee engagement strategies.
  • Serve as mentor to supervisors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Standard supervisor duties include:
  • Supervise attorneys, professional, legal and support staff.
  • Develop, evaluate, train, mentor, and coach subordinate employees. Ensure work conforms with prevailing professional standards and applicable statues and county policies.
  • In consultation and coordination with Managing Attorney and Human Resource staff, conduct disciplinary investigations and impose discipline when appropriate.
  • Provide mentorship to attorneys and others within the unit.
  • Assign and balance workload among attorneys within unit.
  • Ensure unit employees are up to date on DPD policies and developments, relevant legislative proposals or enactments and administrative and case law changes that bear on the practice area.
  • Conduct performance evaluations of unit employees, implement and monitor corrective compliance and career development action plans and provide support to enable employees to make positive changes.
  • Act as a catalyst for problem-solving and conflict resolution within the unit
  • Possibly carry a partial caseload, requiring excellent legal representation and trial skills, excellent rapport with clients, strong legal research, strong negotiation skills and all the other skills that go with being a caseload-carrying attorney.
  • Maintain and update, as needed, a computerized case-management system to track caseloads and individual assignments.
  • Identify cases that present an ethical conflict of interest for the Division.
  • Work with Director's office to ensure unit employees have the training and resources they need to do their jobs well.
  • Actively support and promote DPD's mission and all policies and practices, including internal and external activities that strengthen public defense in King County.
  • Be the backup for on call attorneys.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The following competencies will be evaluated as a part of this selection process:

  • Self-Development
  • Valuing Differences
  • Collaboration
  • Managerial Courage
  • Driving Engagement
  • Instilling Trust
  • Driving Results
Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements:
 Member of the Washington State Bar Association in good standing.

Supplemental Information

Special Note Regarding COVID-19 
DPD is following Public Health and CDC guidance. Interviews for this position will be conducted remotely. Successful candidates may be required to telecommute and appear in court, the jail, or other areas as directed during the County's pandemic response.
Application Process
Interested individuals should submit a complete online King County application (all blanks must be filled out and may not direct the reader to reference an attached resume or other document. Answers that say "see resume" will be considered as incomplete), a cover letter (no more than two pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the job, and a resume.  

Selection Process 
Applications will be reviewed and screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. Applicants may be required to demonstrate their qualifications at the time of the interview and/or skills assessment. All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates will be invited to interview.
Union membership
The position is recognized by Teamsters Local 117

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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.

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