Paralegal I- Litigation Section

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 19, 2022
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Summary



The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (KCPAO) is looking for highly motivated individual to join our team as a Paralegal I. The Paralegal I will provide full clerical support for a group of Prosecuting Attorneys in the Litigation Section of the Civil Division and performs a vital role in the work of the Department. The Paralegal I will work closely with the Paralegal II to prepare lawsuits for litigation. This can include assisting with managing electronic discovery, trial preparation, and summarization of medical and billing records.  

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.  

About the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 
The 
Civil Division is the largest of four divisions and is organized into several different units. See the Civil 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.


Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work 
Location: In-person/telecommuting: 1191 Second Avenue, Seattle


Work Schedule:  
This position works a 40 hour work week schedule.  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.   


Salary:  Range  49 
$32.07 - $40.65 Hourly*
$2,565.60 - $3,252.00 Biweekly
$66,705.60 - $84,552.00 Annually 

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 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

  • Use of multiple sources and technologies to research people, property, case law, federal law, state law, legislative history, and ordinances; request necessary information from opposing attorneys, witnesses, the Clerk’s office, and public agencies.
  • Administer the coordination of cases; update attorneys, clients and other parties on case status and explain various legal programs, policies, procedures, and consequences.
  • Meet multiple legal requirements of each case such as federal and state mandated deadlines and statutorily defined processes; record and track court calendar dates and deadlines; maintain calendaring systems.  
  • Draft, proofread, edit, and respond to pleadings, memos, complaints, answers, briefs, motions, and other legal documents in proper legal format;
  • Receives callers in person and by phone;
  • Arranging for timely filing and service of pleadings and documents in Washington State courts and federal courts; 
  • Schedule and attend meetings, trainings, and provide staff coverage.
  • Maintaining and updating the case management system;
  • Coordinating depositions and witness interviews; 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Civil litigation experience.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal court rules and policies and procedures.
  • Excellent spelling, grammar, proofreading, and organizational skills.
  • Sharp attention to detail.
  • Keyboarding proficiency and accuracy (minimum 45 WPM). 
  • Working knowledge of general office procedures, equipment and administration.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive), Adobe Pro, DocuSign, document management software, and internet search engines. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to receive and follow complex verbal and written instructions and accurately complete tasks with close attention to detail.
  • Excellent time-management skills to effectively and accurately handle multiple tasks, often with short deadlines.
  • Ability to use independent judgment, exercise initiative, anticipate needs, and respond appropriately.
  • Skill in prioritization of work in order to meet court deadlines
  • Remain objective and properly handle private and confidential information.
  • Demonstrated initiative and accountability in work product and service, and the ability to follow through on issues to completion. 
  • Must be dependable, and willing to assist co-workers as needed. 
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Successful experience working and functioning as a team member and independently. 
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in communications with people of diverse backgrounds, including witnesses, clients, and court personnel in a tactful, diplomatic, patient, and professional manner.
  • Ability to prioritize workload, work under pressure with tight timelines, and adapt to changes in workload demands. 
  • Ability to demonstrate timely, reliable, and predictable attendance. 
  • Must be able/willing to accept supervision and receive feedback, coaching, and counseling.
  • This position occasionally requires moving or lifting heavy objects, such as boxes of books, papers, etc. that weigh 20-25 pounds. 
  • 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, our office 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. 

 

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. 
 
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, could like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process. If you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement. 


Tracking Number:  77S-2022-JUL-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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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?
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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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