Paralegal -Therapeutic Alternatives Unit

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on August 4, 2022
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The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking an experienced paralegal to join our team in the Therapeutic Alternatives Unit. The Therapeutic Alternatives Unit (TAU) handles cases in Regional Mental Health Court (RMHC) and Regional Veterans Court (RVC) working with defendants that have behavioral health issues by utilizing a therapeutic collaborative approach to stabilize defendants in the community while at the same time addressing public safety and reducing recidivism. RMHC and RVC receive referrals from Superior Court, District Court, and from the 39 municipalities within King County. TAU also handles diversion referrals to the LINC program (Legal Intervention and Network of Care).

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 June of 2023 with the possibility of an extension.

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

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

The PAO requires for all employees to reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their primary county worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.     

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.

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.   

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

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

The paralegal will work as part of a team with another paralegal and a victim advocate providing support for the deputies within the unit.  The position’s responsibilities will also include:

  • Assist DPAs with identifying, tracking, and monitoring individuals for prosecutorial diversion into the LINC program.
  • Assisting with tracking and processing of cases referred to TAU programs.
  • Assisting victims in gathering the necessary paperwork to ask for restitution; ensuring there is sufficient, reliable documentation to ask for restitution; preparing the restitution order for filing with the court and providing a copy to defense; updating the victim and providing them with signed copies of the orders.
  • Responsible for assisting with preparation of exhibits for motions in court as well as with presentations to internal and external stakeholders on TAU programs.
  • Tracking restitution payments to ensure defendant is meeting his/her obligation and working in coordination with the TAU Victim Advocate on these cases.
  • Process new referrals to TAU and serve as a liaison with other legal professionals, court personnel, mental health officials, victim advocate, defense, detention, etc.
  • Data entry in PbK including creating new cases, setting electronic reminders, and entering new information.
  • Docketing PbK with updated court dates; providing prosecutors calendars for annotation; reviewing team e-mails for last-minute calendar updates.
  • Filing new cases with the Clerk as directed.
  • Work with deputies to prepare TAU training materials and procedural manuals.
  • Converting documents including but not limited to treatment reports to Adobe and scanning them into PbK.
  • Gathering and compiling statistical data for the various programs within TAU as well as with King County District Court cases where competency has been raised.
  • Attend TAU operational workgroup and staffing meetings.  
  • Actively participate in PAO equity work, attending equity trainings and discussions, including but not limited to, Intro to Cultural Competency, Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, White Privilege/Fragility.  Provide support for the Equity and Social Justice policy and principles, work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Other responsibilities may be added or changed as business needs evolve.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, groups and in the courtroom.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative and judgment and also function as a team player.
  • Ability to problem-solve and identify needed procedural and policy changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage voluminous and sensitive caseloads.
  • Skills in using computers and a variety of software such as Prosecutor by Karpel (with training), Word, Adobe Pro, PowerPoint, and Excel; familiarity with other criminal justice programs and databases with an emphasis on the ability to keep statistics.        Experience with Power BI is a plus.
  • Skills to gather and interpret data from files, reports and other agencies and compile this information into an understandable format.
  • Skills to maintain, within broad guidelines, an overview of complex processes involving many steps, and of each task from beginning to end; to obtain all information needed for completion and to set priorities.
  • Skills to work independently and follow through on given assignments as well as be part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Skills to maintain a professional attitude and demeanor pertaining to confidential matters.
  • Skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys, law enforcement officers, co-workers, other agencies and the public.
  • Must be able/willing to accept supervision and feedback/coaching.
  • 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 
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: 90S-2022-JUL-SD/TLM

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 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.
Are you currently employed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office?
  • Yes
  • No
How many years of paralegal/legal assistant experience do you have?
  • No experience
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 3+ years
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 criminal justice?
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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.
How many years of experience do you have managing high-volume workload?
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").
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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