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Civil Employment Attorney

The Civil Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is in search of an attorney to join our team in the Labor and Employment Section. The successful candidate will advise County clients (Executive departments, Council, PAO, Superior and District Court) on all aspects of labor and employment law, including but not limited to discrimination issues, workplace investigations and discipline, wage and hour issues, and leave issues. The successful candidate will also represent the County in labor arbitrations and in other administrative forums including the King County Personnel Board, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

The Civil Division provides comprehensive legal services to King County government, including all County elected and appointed officials, department heads, and with the managers of numerous county agencies and departments. Serving in its role as an in-house law firm for the County, the Civil Division works closely with its clients in solving a wide range of legal problems by providing legal advice and representing King County and its employees in lawsuits filed in state or federal courts.  The Civil Division is composed of about 65 lawyers organized into seven specialized sections: (1) Contracts, (2) County Services, (3) Transportation & Real Property, (4) Employment, (5) Land Use, (6) Natural Resources, and (7) Litigation.

We value diversity and strive to hire a workforce that reflects the community that we serve. It is essential to our mission that we create and maintain an office that is diverse and inclusive. All PAO employees are expected to participate in PAO equity work and attend equity trainings and discussions. PAO employees are expected to comply with equity and social justice principles, and to work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement.


Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Outstanding client relations skills;
  • Exceptional analytical abilities;
  • Ability to present a persuasive case to a fact finder;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Ability to effectively represent the County in labor arbitrations and in other administrative forums;
  • Demonstrates initiative and an ability to successfully work with a team on complex matters;
  • Strong commitment to Race, Equity and Social Justice, including continued development of personal cultural humility/competence;
  • 3-5 years previous litigation and/or labor and employment law experience desired but not required; and
  • Must be Washington State Bar qualified.

Special Requirements:

  • Member in good standing with the Washington State Bar.
  • Must submit to a criminal history check.
  • U.S. Citizenship (as required by RCW 36.27 and 29A.04 and Article VI of the WA Constitution).

Supplemental Information

This position is open to all current regular deputy prosecuting attorneys on staff and will be a lateral transfer for an internal candidate. The position is also open to external candidates.

Salary$112,073 - $165,031 commensurate with 3 - 25 years of experience.

For questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact:
Susie Slonecker, Section Head, at 477-9488

Application Process:
1. Attach cover letter & resume
2. Attach writing sample
3. Answer supplemental questions


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
  • 12 paid holidays each year plus two personal holidays
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental, family and medical, and volunteer leaves
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite 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, 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.

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