Paralegal-Sexually Violent Predator Unit
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking an experienced paralegal to join our team in the Sexually Violent Predator Unit of the Criminal Division. 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 a high attention to detail, high commitment to justice, 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.
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.
Who may apply: This position is open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.
Work Location: The office is located at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Seattle.
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.
Salary: Range 49
$30.67 (step 1) - $38.88(step 10) Hourly*
$2,146.90 - $2,721.60 Biweekly
$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.
Union Membership: Positions in this classification are recognized 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.
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:
Karla Avila Vargas (she/her)
Human Resources Associate
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
Paralegals assigned to this unit manage complex civil litigation cases. Responsibilities include:
- Creating and maintaining complete pleading, correspondence, and discovery files for assigned caseload along with dozens of interrelated cases.
- Assist in trial preparation, investigation and interviewing potential witnesses.
- Assist assigned DPAs in trial with witness coordination.
- Organizes and gathers necessary data, reviews and interprets information to ensure file and criminal history are complete and accurate.
- Bates-stamps and redacts discovery.
- Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and follow through on given assignments with limited supervision.
- Paralegals in this position will keep in close communication with State, Federal and Appellate courts regarding the status of SVP cases.
- Work within PbK to verify all documents have been received and distributed; scan and upload into PbK and network drive.
- Distribute pleadings and discovery via e-service to defense, court and provide discovery to forensic experts.
- Help maintain inventory and order office supplies for the SVP Unit.
- Help request repair services for copy machine and printers.
- Interact with the Courts, the Clerk's office, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and the rest of the PAO.
- Retrieve information from several record keeping systems: PbK, DISCIS, SCOMIS, ECR, etc.
- Provide assistance to the staff supervisor.
- Assist with special projects as they arise.
- Attend Equity and Social Justice trainings including discussions.
- Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- Knowledge of general office principles and procedures, particularly in the criminal justice system. Civil litigation experience is a plus
- Skills in managing each task from beginning to end and obtaining all information needed for completion.
- Skills in using computers and the ability to become proficient in the use of database programs such as PbK (with training), Word, Excel, Adobe Pro, JABS, SAW and ITS.
- Ability to communicate effectively and follow written and verbal directions.
- Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with the Courts, management, co-workers, attorneys, law enforcement and the general public.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and experience with heavy document control.
- Skill in performing legal research.
- Strong organization skills, ability to prioritize and complete a variety of tasks in an accurate manner with frequent interruptions.
- Customer service skills in person and via telephone (discretion, patience, etiquette, professionalism).
- Ability to meet deadlines with attention to detail and to assume unscheduled and unexpected responsibilities.
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team, exercising initiative, and following through with work assignments.
- Demonstrated predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
- Ability to accept feedback and supervision.
- Ability to maintain security, confidentiality, and discretion involving highly critical matters is essential at all times.
- Commitment to Equity and Social Justice work including ongoing cultural competence development.
- 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.
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: 58S-2022-June-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
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.
01The 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)
02Are you currently employed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
- I understand this requirement.
- I cannot comply with this requirement.
03The SVP Unit deals with the worst of the worst sex offenders. The paralegal typically reviews and processes discovery that can be disturbing and unsettling such as photographs, video and explicit descriptions in sexual autobiographies. How will you deal with these elements of the job?04How many years of office experience or paralegal/legal assistant experience do you have?
05Where 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.06How many years of experience do you have working with a high-volume of discovery and/or documents?
- No experience
- 1 - 2 years
- 2 - 3 years
- 3+ years
07Describe the experience you have managing a high-volume of discovery and/or documents. Please provide examples and the name of the employer(s). If no experience, enter "N/A".08Part 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.
- No Experience
- 1 - 2 years
- 2 - 3 years
- 3+ years