County Attorney 2 or 3 - Civil Division – Public Works and Utilities Attorney

05/11/2018 9:35 PM | Anonymous

Pierce County Prosecutor's Office

County Attorney 2 - $78,301 to $105,693
County Attorney 3 - $88,810 to $118,804
Full-time 35 hours per week with benefits

Revised: CLOSING DATE:  Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018

The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is located in downtown Tacoma and employs approximately 213 staff, which includes over 100 deputy prosecutors.  Pierce County has a population of 813,600 and growing.  The office is comprised of the Criminal Division, which includes the Homicide and Violent Crimes Division, Major Crimes Division, Misdemeanor Division, Juvenile Division, Appeals Division, Investigative Services Division, and Victim-Witness Assistance Services Division.  The Criminal Division reviews more than 22,800 criminal cases every year.  The office's Civil Division provides legal advice to county officials and represents the county's interests in court. The Family Support Division protects the best interests of children. Position Summary

This is high level work in the legal field as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney acting as a legal representative of Pierce County's Public Works Division. Duties may include handling complex public works construction disputes/litigation, all phases of condemnation proceedings, contract and leasing issues, airport, ferry, roads, sewer, flooding, surface water issues, and other projects and clients as assigned. An attorney in this classification exercises independent judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in adapting policies and precedents to complex situations and to provide legal advice regarding a course of action. Duties are performed with professional discretion and within office guidelines, professional ethics and standards, and legal requirements. This is an exempt, represented position.

  • Handles legal matters and litigation on behalf of Pierce County in state court and administrative tribunals. Initially involved at the claim stage, the attorney will remain involved through pre-trial preparation, trial and any appeals taken therefrom.
  • Works directly with officials and appointed department heads to provide legal advice in their official duties, review of existing policies and, in appropriate cases, the formulation of new policies, and the drafting and preparation of legal opinions and memoranda.
  • Direct involvement in both the negotiation and execution stages of the contracting process for procurements, acquisitions and construction projects.
  • Handles condemnation litigation on behalf of Pierce County.
  • Works with the executive, legislative, and other agencies and branches of county government to develop proposed legislation that the county wishes to present to the state legislature.
  • Performs other related work as required.
Just as important as the ability to perform the essential functions of the position are the following core competencies and characteristics:
  • The ability to focus on how we can best serve the public.
  • The desire and ability to uphold the mission and core values of the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office as outlined below.
  • The ability to interact in a positive and engaging manner with colleagues and members of the community, treating every contact as a valued individual contributing to inclusiveness in the work environment and embracing and promoting diversity;
  • Exceptional interpersonal ability coupled with strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to build partnerships and promote teamwork;
  • A professional image and positive, approachable demeanor;
  • A commitment to teamwork and helping others achieve goals;
  • The ability to multi-task and handle numerous responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;
  • Creativity and open-mindedness;
  • Strong learning acumen;
  • Ability to type on a personal computer at an acceptable level of proficiency for independent production of work product and operate standard office machines and software.
Mission Statement:
Pursuing Justice.  Representing the People.  Serving Our Community.
Core Values:
Justice:           We vigorously protect the rights of the people of Pierce County and hold offenders accountable.  We support crime victims and their families.
Excellence:     We maintain the highest standards of personal and professional performance in service to the community.
Teamwork:    We work respectfully with each other, all members of the justice system, and the community to promote the public good.
Accountability: We believe in open government and accept responsibility for the decisions we make.  We are fiscally sound, innovative, and operationally efficient.
Integrity:        We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards in carrying out our responsibilities.
Respect:          We treat our co-workers and all members of the community professionally, fairly and with dignity.
Good Worker:  Consistently carries out duties of the job and does so ethically, meets expectations and performs professionally. Supervisors shall provide timely and honest feedback to others.
Good Colleague:  Consistently promotes good will, supports and treats all colleagues in the Prosecutor's Office respectfully and professionally.
Good Emissary:  Consistently represents the office well with members of the justice system and the community at large, advances goals of the office and acts professionally. Qualifications

U.S. Citizen (RCW 36.27.010, RCW 36.27.040, and RCW 29) and admitted as an attorney in the State of Washington (RCW 36.27.010) plus at least five years of civil litigation practice, including construction and/or condemnation experience.
The ability to successfully complete and pass a thorough background investigation and interview is required.  A valid Washington State driver's license is also required.

Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity please:
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application by selecting "APPLY" above or go to:

If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.

Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.
As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce. Pierce County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.

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