Saturday Filing Prosecutor
$38.79 - $51.92 Hourly
Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Part-time OR Full-time
With more than 200 attorneys and professional staff, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law offices in Seattle and is the third largest public law office in the state. Our office is committed to making Seattle a safe, healthy, empowered and thriving community for everyone. We strive to address historical injustices within the court system with self-examination and to pursue justice in Seattle with integrity, creativity, and fairness. We believe working transparently, innovatively, and in collaboration with our partners in the community is necessary to achieve outcomes that promote equity, accountability, and healing.
The Criminal Division is seeking an Assistant City Prosecutor to join the team. This is an exciting opportunity for an attorney to manage a dynamic workload and develop or enhance misdemeanor filing skills. The person selected for this role will have the option to work either a part or fulltime schedule but MUST be available to work Saturdays.
The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and traffic infractions in Seattle Municipal Court, including driving under the influence, domestic violence, theft, assault, property damage and trespassing. Criminal attorneys rotate through units dedicated to reviewing incident reports and filing cases; trials; and domestic violence cases. Opportunities also exist for attorneys to work in therapeutic courts – Mental Health Court and Veterans Treatment Court. All prosecutors assist in formulating and implementing policies to promote race and social justice equity, including developing potential alternatives to incarceration for criminal offenders.
The responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:
· Perform prosecutorial duties, including reviewing criminal offense reports and filing misdemeanor cases in Seattle Municipal Court while also representing the city of Seattle during arraignment and other court hearings;
· Collaborate with and across units to determine a fair filing decision and sentencing recommendation for both the victim and the defendant;
· Work and negotiate with criminal justice stakeholders – judges, defense attorneys, law enforcement and members of the public – in order to protect public safety while promoting rehabilitative justice;
· Meet competing deadlines and comply with the City Attorney’s close in time filing policy. This is a high-volume work environment and excellent time management is critical; and
· Adhere to a high degree of professional ethics and integrity.
This position requires membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association OR the ability to complete the process of obtaining membership within 30 days of an offer of employment.
Additionally, a successful candidate will have the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a large and diverse filing caseload, including:
· Thorough knowledge of rules of evidence and criminal procedure;
· Effective legal research and writing;
· Ability to quickly address a wide variety of legal issues;
· Creativity in developing different solutions to problems;
· Ability to work independently and with little supervision; and
· Flexibility to respond to competing demands.
Race and Social Justice Initiative – The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.
Compensation and Benefits – This position is part of a stepped salary system with an initial Step 1 placement. Advanced initial step placement may be considered under limited circumstances, but step salaries are not subject to negotiation.
The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, 12 official holidays, 2 floating holidays, sick, and paid parental leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees. Additional benefits include executive leave and eligibility for merit leave. City Attorney’s Office employees also have the opportunity to participate in a defined benefits retirement program. More information about benefits can be found at https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans.
Workplace Environment – Effective September 12, 2022, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has implemented an Alternative Work Arrangements Policy. Employees will have the option to work a hybrid schedule (2 days in office, 3 days remote when working fulltime). This is subject to change as circumstances dictate.
Bargaining Unit – This position is represented by the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Local 21PA, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate - City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your employment start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
Background Check – Applicants must successfully pass a background check. Applicants will be given a chance to explain or correct background information and provide verifiable information of good conduct and rehabilitation.
Application Process – For your application to be accepted you must:
• Complete the online City Application.
• Attach a resume detailing your relevant experience.
• Attach a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how you meet the above listed qualifications.
• Attach a legal writing sample that is 5-15 pages in length. This can be an excerpt from a larger sample.
Who may apply – This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Seattle City Attorney's Office encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.
Questions? Contact our Human Resources team at LAW_HR@seattle.gov.