Paralegal - General Crimes Unit (Internal Recruitment)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on June 14, 2022
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Summary

***This is an internal recruitment and is open to current PAO employees at this time***


PARALEGAL, GENERAL CRIMES UNIT
CRIMINAL DIVISION - SEA
 
Salary: Range 49 - $30.6775 (Step One) - $38.8857 (Step Ten) hourly* [2021 Rates]
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Seattle Courthouse
Reports to:  Kelly Rosa

This is a regular paralegal position (not special duty)

This position requires the Paralegal to be in the office as needed for trial and other office related tasks.  Telecommuting is available according to the needs of the unit. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

This Paralegal position provides support for a trial intense workload with a dedicated team that handles a wide range of felonies.

Job Duties

  • Assist prosecutors in all phases of trial preparation; prepare, process and e-file legal documents; generate, process, print and send witness letters and subpoenas for service.
  • Maintain PbK to reflect updated witness information, court dates, and trial and disposition information; manage daily work requests within “MyView” in PbK.
  • Scan, prepare, bates stamp and disseminate discovery, including pro se discovery where specific electronic guidelines are followed.
  • Redact video and audio in programs such as Windows Movie Maker, evidence.com and Audacity; redact discovery with Adobe Pro
  • Request jail calls, upload calls in Jail Call Database and review calls as needed.
  • Create exhibits, set-up equipment for trial; attend witness interviews and take notes as needed.
  • Request interpreters or translation services as needed.
  • Maintain overview of the status of each assigned deputy prosecutor’s caseload.
  • Communicate and serve as a liaison with deputy prosecutors, law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, defense investigators, court personnel, witnesses, victims and other agencies
  • Coordinate witness interviews and testimony; arrange travel and housing arrangements.
  • Review and interpret legal documents and explain legal procedures to victims, witnesses and the public
  • Perform related work as required.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment and the ability to anticipate needs and appropriately respond.  
  • Skills in excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work independently; strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with and respond in a positive, experienced and helpful manner with diverse individuals, including victims, witnesses, complainants, deputy prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges, court personnel, defense attorneys, defense investigators and other agencies.
  • 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.
  • Ability to handle routine emergency situations under pressure and to assume unscheduled and unexpected responsibilities. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion involving sensitive matters.  
  • Possess skills in using computers and a variety of software such as PbK, Word, Adobe Pro, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; familiarity with JABS, JBRS, SAWS, KC Script, People Map/Accurint and other criminal justice programs a plus.  
  • 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.  
  • Flexible and possess the ability to work both as part of a small team and independently.
  • Receptive to instructions, feedback, and coaching.  
  • Must have demonstrated predictable, reliable and timely attendance.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on Equity and Social Justice and the ability to be an innovator, problem solver and compassionate advocate who will partner with our community to do justice. 
  • Effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

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 #: 67S-2022-JUN-REG

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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Are you currently employed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have experience working in criminal justice?
  • No experience
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 3+ years
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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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