Paralegal- Economic Crimes Unit

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on May 6, 2022
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Summary



The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking an experienced paralegal to join our team in the Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) of the Criminal Division. The ECU handles all levels of economic and property crimes committed throughout King County with an emphasis on legally and factually complex and complicated cases. Our paralegal 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 strong attention to detail, experience with a high-volume caseload, 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.

This is a Special Duty/Term Limited Temporary assignment funded by COVID-8 relief money, subject to funding approval by King County central budget office and Council. We expect that the assignment will last until the end of 2023 with the possibility of an extension. The employee selected for this position will be able to return to their previous position at the end of the assignment. 

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: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/prosecutor.aspx
 
Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

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

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

Salary:  Range 49  
Step One: $30.6775- Step Ten: $38.8857 Hourly (35-hour work week)*
$2,146.90 - $2,721.60 Biweekly
$4,651.62 - $5,896.80 Monthly
$55,819.40 - $70,761.60 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.   

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.

Telecommuting: 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.  

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 considered competitive.    

  

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:   

Karla  Avila Vargas (she/her)
Human Resources Associate
kvargas@kingcounty.gov

Selection Process 

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


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 Teamsters Local No. 117.   

Job Duties

This paralegal position supports three Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys (DPAs) who have vertically managed, high-volume caseloads.  The two HIPRO (High Priority Repeat Offender) DPAs handle burglaries, car thefts, and related crimes committed by prolific repeat offenders.  The Identity Theft DPA handles complex ID theft cases, or cases where the defendant has significant ID theft history.  Providing support to these three DPAs gives this paralegal position the chance to be involved with every stage of the case, from pre-filing to post-sentencing motions practice.  

The paralegal will be expected to:

  • Prepare, generate, process, and coordinate service of legal documents, including subpoenas.
  • Maintain case management system (Prosecutor by Karpel – PbK) to reflect updated witness information, court dates, discovery dissemination, trial and disposition information, and any other important information that needs to be documented.
  • Manage discovery: Review, organize, index, scan/upload, Bates stamp, redact, and prepare voluminous amounts of materials for dissemination that are received in various hard and electronic formats. 
  • Manage daily work requests within “MyView” in PbK.
  • Assist detectives/prosecutors with processing search warrants per PAO policy.
  • Assist prosecutors in all phases of trial preparation, post-sentencing and morning matters.
  • Create trial exhibits, redact video and audio recordings, and request and monitor transcript requests. 
  • Request jail calls, upload calls in Jail Call Database and review calls as needed.
  • Schedule defense interviews.
  • Request interpreters or translation services as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison with deputy prosecutors, victim advocates, interpreters, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, defense investigators, court personnel, witnesses, victims, and other partner agencies.
  • Notify/inform victims, witnesses, and law enforcement of case status; coordinate witness testimony; review and interpret legal documents and explain legal procedures; schedule interviews with attorneys and witnesses; and arrange travel and lodging accommodations for witnesses as needed.
  • Assist prosecutors, law enforcement and the court in all aspects of the search warrant process including document review; proofreading; applying any necessary redactions in compliance with GR31; preparing record custodian letters and certifications; providing search warrant numbers; ensuring any attachments and sealing documents are included.
  • A successful candidate will possess a desire to learn a wide variety of new skills and be able to adapt to, and work comfortably in, a fast-paced work environment and have knowledge of legal office practices and procedures, particularly in the Criminal Division.  They will be flexible and possess the ability to work both as part of a small team and independently. 
  • Perform related work as required.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, have a high attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in communications with people of diverse backgrounds, including victims, witnesses, law enforcement, and the public in a tactful, diplomatic, patient, and professional manner.
  • Must be receptive to instructions, feedback, and coaching.  
  • Ability to use independent judgment, exercise initiative, anticipate needs, and respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrates strong discernment skills in using discretion when working with confidential information.  
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills to make decisions and initiate action.
  • Proven time management skills to effectively and accurately handle multiple tasks within short deadlines.
  • Flexible and possess the ability to work both as part of a small team and independently,
  • Desire and aptitude to learn new concepts, programs, and software on the job.
  • Knowledge of legal office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive), Adobe Pro Acrobat; familiarity with Evidence.com and Prosecutor by Karpel (PbK), KC Script, JABS, SAW, JBRS, PeopleMap/Accurint and other criminal justice programs is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the legal system; possession of paralegal skills, knowledge of legal terminology and application of laws, rules, and regulations, specifically in the criminal justice system.
  • Bilingual skills are desirable.
  • Be receptive to instructions, feedback, and coaching.  
  • Must have demonstrated predictable, reliable and timely attendance.  
  • Any combination of experience/education/training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.  
  • Active participation in PAO equity work, attending equity trainings and discussions.  Provide support for the Equity and Social Justice policy and principles and work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement are requisite.

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.
  

Tracking number:  
42S-2022-APR-SD/TLC

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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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.
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Are you currently employed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
  • Yes
  • No
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How many years of paralegal/legal assistant experience do you have?
  • No experience
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 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").
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Do you have experience working in criminal justice?
  • Yes
  • No
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[External applicants only] If yes, please let us know what experience you have. If no, please talk about any cross over experience you may have.
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How many years of experience do you have managing high-volume workload?
  • No experience
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 3+ years
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Please describe the experience you have managing a high-volume workload? Please provide examples and the name of the employer(s). (If no experience, enter "N/A").
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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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