Civil Division – Real Property Transactions Attorney

11/08/2018 3:48 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

Civil Division – Real Property Transactions Attorney


County Attorney 2 - $79,711 to $107,595

County Attorney 3 - $93,817 to $123,361

Full-time 35 hours per week with benefits

CLOSING DATE: Must be received by 11:59 p.m., December 2, 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.


This position involves complex professional legal work as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division, acting as advisor to the Facilities Management Department and other clients as assigned. Duties include properly analyzing and preparing real property instruments for transactions of the County whether as buyer, seller, lessee, lessor, or otherwise, and handling any related litigation. The attorney will also provide accurate and timely legal advice and representation to assigned clients and departments on a wide range of municipal issues.

An attorney in this classification exercises independent judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in analyzing complex situations and providing legal advice concerning potential courses of action. Duties are performed with professional discretion and within office guidelines, professional ethics and standards, and legal requirements. This is an exempt position, covered by a collective bargaining agreement, with optional union membership.

Position Summary

Provides Pierce County legal representation in connection with real property transactions.

Analyzes and prepares documents for the County's commercial real estate transactions and is often involved in legal negotiations.

Advises and represents Facilities Management and other county officials as assigned.

Drafts legal opinions, pleadings and memoranda.

Handles litigation as assigned.

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.


U.S. Citizen (RCW 36.27.010, RCW 36.27.040, and RCW 29A.08.010) and admitted as an attorney in the State of Washington (RCW 36.27.010) are required. At least five years of civil experience in commercial real property transactions and litigation is preferred.

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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