Paralegal - Civil Division

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 18, 2021
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The mission of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO) is to “Do Justice.”  The hallmarks of service in the Office are Justice, Integrity, Compassion, Leadership and Professionalism.  King County provides more than 2 million residents with excellence and equity in the essential services that make this one of the nations' best places to live, work, play and raise a family. The PAO values diversity and strives to hire a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We are committed to creating and maintaining an office that is diverse and inclusive.
The PAO employs over 500 deputies and staff with annual budget 80+ million dollars. We have four divisions: Criminal, Civil, Juvenile and Family Support. We are looking for an enthusiastic Paralegal to assist the Civil Division.  
The paralegal will assist the attorneys in the Contracts, Natural Resources and Parks and Employment Sections.  

Position start date is January 10, 2021. 

Salary: Range 49

$30.67 (step one) - $38.88 (step ten) Hourly*
$2,146.90 - $2,721.60 Biweekly
$4,651.62 - $5,896.80 Monthly 

Who May Apply:  This position is open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications. 


Work Location:  1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 1700, Seattle, Washington  98101. Candidates may be eligible to telecommute, but must be able to travel into the office as needed.  


Work Schedule:  35-hour work week, typically 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.

Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented 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
Selene Poulsen (she/her)
Human Resources Analyst

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 successful candidate will perform a wide variety of support tasks that require the exercise of initiative and independent judgment along with the ability to anticipate needs and appropriately respond.  Candidates must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently; strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with all levels of clients and County staff; analytical and critical thinking skills to make decisions and initiate action; time management skills to effectively and accurately handle multiple tasks within often short deadlines; and the ability to handle emergency situations and work under pressure.  Strong computer skills using Advanced MS Word, Adobe ProOutlook and Excel required.  Working knowledge of Legal Files and PowerPoint desirable.  Civil litigation experience is required


  • Provide administrative and technical support to attorneys, and others in all phases of project and case development.
  • Organize documents and perform case management using a variety of software including, but not limited to MS Word, Excel, Access, Adobe Pro, Power PointOutlook and Legal Files.
  • Perform legal and general research, gather information, and compile data, prepare notebooks and indexes as appropriate.
  • Draft and prepare letters, memos and other correspondence.
  • Draft, prepare and respond to a variety of legal documents such as complaints, answers, briefs, discovery, motions, affidavits, etc. 
  • Provide case management and deadline control, monitoring progress of all assigned matters.
  • Prepare lawsuits for litigation and manage all aspects of case management, including  analyzing and preparing complex discovery, document collection, production and review, managing electronic discovery, and trial preparation.
  • Read and summarize deposition transcripts, medical records, employment records, transcripts, and other documents as required. 
  • Attend Equity and Social Justice trainings including discussions.
  • Perform related work as required.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of legal office practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Civil court rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of complex filing systems.
  • Skill in remaining calm in high stress situations and meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in working on a number of tasks simultaneously and accurately.
  • Skill in remaining objective, nonjudgmental and sensitive to a situation and in conducting business in a professional manner. 
  • Ability to maintain office confidentiality.
  • Skill in working independently and as a member of a team.
  • Skill in explaining procedures and legal terminology to lay people.
  • Skill in interview, analytic and research techniques.
  • Ability to prepare a variety of clear and concise written materials using proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients and others. 
  • Ability to access and utilize information from various computer systems.
  • Skill in using computers and a variety of software such as Word, Access, Adobe Pro or Excel.
  • Knowledge of Legal Files software.
  • Ability to type 45 words per minute accurately.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to accept feedback and coaching.
  • Commitment to Equity and Social Justice work including ongoing cultural competence development.
  • Must have demonstrated predictable and reliable attendance. 

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

As of October 18, 2021, Prosecuting Attorney's Office employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Reasonable Accommodation
Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to participate in a selection process or to perform work once hired. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible. This may be done by a written letter or an appropriate alternative format to our offices, or phone 206-477-1205.


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 is requiring 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
The start date for this position is January 10, 2021. Does this date work for you?
  • Yes
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How many years of office experience or paralegal/legal assistant experience do you have?
  • No experience
  • 1 - 2 years
  • 2 - 3 years
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Where did you obtain the above experience? Please provide examples of the tasks you routinely completed and the name of the employer(s). If no experience, enter "N/A".
Do you have experience working in civil litigation?
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Where did you obtain the above experience? Please provide examples of the tasks you routinely completed and the name of the employer(s). If no experience, please share any transferable skills or crossover experience you may have.
How many years of experience do you have managing a high-volume workload in a fast pace environment?
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Describe the experience you have managing a high-volume workload in a fast paced environment. Please provide examples and the name of the employer(s). If no experience, enter "N/A".
Part of King County's values include making it a racially just and welcoming community where every person can thrive. Please describe how this aligns with your personal values.

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