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Current job openings are listed below:
(as of 9/6/17)


COUNTY COUNSEL, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA

PARALEGAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Office of the County Counsel, County of Santa Clara, one of the premier public law offices in the country, seeks a Supervising Paralegal and has multiple openings for Senior Paralegals or Paralegals.  In addition, we are also accepting applications for temporary, extra-help paralegal staff for full or part-time opportunities.  Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we offer an interesting, varied, rewarding, and fast-paced professional practice with competitive salary and benefits.  Final application filing date for all applications is Friday, September 8, 2017.

A  link to the job postings and access to the on-line application system on the County’s employment website are available below. For full job description and additional information, please visit www.sccjobs.org

  • Supervising Paralegal ($90,415.52 – $109,930.08 Annually)

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santaclara/jobs/1812310/supervising-paralegal-county-counsel?page=6&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

  • Senior Paralegal ($71,886.88 – $87,027.20 Annually)

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santaclara/jobs/1812204/senior-paralegal-county-counsel?page=6&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

  • Paralegal ($65,378.56 – $79,110.20 Annually)

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santaclara/jobs/1811761/paralegal-county-counsel?page=4&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

  • Temporary Full or Part-time POSITIONS ($31.43 – $41.84 hourly)

Submit a cover letter and resume to via email to: dennis.hawkins@cco.sccgov.org

Phone: 408-299-5908

 The application, required responses to the supplemental questionnaire, along with any additional information such as a cover letter and/or resume, are due on or before Friday, September 8, 2017.


Supervising  Paralegal – County Counsel (County of Santa Clara)

SALARY

$43.47 – $52.85 Hourly    $3,477.52 – $4,228.08 Biweekly    $7,534.63 – $9,160.84 Monthly

$90,415.52 – $109,930.08 Annually

ISSUE DATE: 08/16/17

FINAL FILING DATE: 09/08/17. If the  Final  Filing  Date  states  “Continuous”,  the  application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks  are  not acceptable,  therefore  it  is important  to submit your application  as soon as possible.

THE POSITION

Under general direction, to supervise paralegals providing paraprofessional services to attorneys and to  perform  the most complex  and/or  difficult paraprofessional services.

TYPICAL TASKS

•    Plans, organizes, schedules, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate staff;

•    Approves and schedules vacation, sick leave, and other requests for time off;

•   Maintains work production, meets established deadlines, and makes determinations regarding emergency situations;

•    Performs complex legal research, drafts and prepares a variety of legal documents, interviews  clients;

•    Interviews  and recommends  selection  of employees;

•    Assesses long-term training needs, develops, and implements appropriate training;

•    Provides counseling and other discipline as needed (e.g. unfavorable reports, recommends suspension);

•    Analyzes  operations and recommends  work method and efficiency  improvements;

•    Assists the administration in the development, implementation and modification of policies and procedures;

•    Evaluates policy or law changes and recommends  appropriate  procedures  for compliance;

•    Responds to procedural questions and assists in coordinating work assignments and priorities  for  paralegal staff;

•    Gathers  data  and prepares  management reports;
  • Performs related work as required . EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS Possession of one of the follow!nq:
  • A paralegal certificate from an American Bar Association (ASA) approved paralegal program;
  • A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of  24 semester,  or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization  or approved by the  Bureau for Private Postsecondary  and Vocational Education;
  • A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in any subject;  plus a minimum  of one year  of law related attorney supervised* experience;  and  a  written  declaration  from  that  attorney* stating that the person is qualified  to  perform  paralegal  tasks;
  • A high school diploma or GED, plus a minimum of three years of law-related attorney supervised* experience; and a written declaration from that attorney* stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks. This experience  and  training  shall  be completed  no  later than December  31,

*The supervising and declaring attorney must be an active member of the California  Bar  for  at least the preceding three (3) years, or have  practiced  in  the  federal  courts of California  for at least the  preceding three  (3) years.

Paralegals are required to certify completion of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits every two (2) years. These credits consist of  four  (4)  hours  of  general  law  or  a specialized  area of law, and four  (4)  hours of legal ethics.

Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities to perform this function are typically attained through  approximately  three  (3)  years  experience  performing  work  equivalent  to  that of a Senior Paralegal within Santa Clara County. Completion of college level coursework in supervision or management, business administration or a  related  field,  or  lead  or  supervisory work experience  is highly desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of supervision and  training;
  • General office practices and procedures;
  • Communication skills  including  interviewing techniques;
  • Legal research methods  and legal resource material,  discovery  and fact investigation;
  • Principles of legal writing;
  • Ethics of law practice;
  • Civil and/or criminal legal processes and judicial structure;
  • Skills necessary to perform issue identification;

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and supervise  the  work of others;
  • Determine priorities;
  • Establish and maintain  working  relationships  with the public and co-workers;
  • Negotiate and resolve  administrative issues;
  • Develop and revise work methods and procedures to reflect changes in laws, regulations, and other requirements;
  • Prepare complex legal papers requiring a great amount of original writing;
  • Perform advanced legal research;
  • Speak and write logically and effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret applicable codes, laws, ordinances, and statute’s and prepare policies and procedures  in response  to them;
  • Prepare and organize

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: Any veteran who has submitted  a  copy  of  their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other  than  dishonorable,  from  the  armed  forces showing service in  any  branch of the United States military  will be given a preferential credit of  five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required  knowledge  and  abilities  for  the  position  you  are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers  (DSW). In  the event  of a catastrophic  event, County  employees  may be expected to  fulfill emergency  action assignments.  As DSW’s, they may be assigned  to  assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation  of  lives and property.

INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION: For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $118,775 for 2017): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If  you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $270,000 for 2017.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:

http://www.scciobs.org/ OR

70 W. Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing San Jose, CA 95110


 

Senior Paralegal –  County Counsel (County of Santa Clara)

SALARY

$34.56 – $41.84 Hourly    $2,764.88 – $3,347.20 Biweekly    $5,990.57 – $7,252.27 Monthly

$71,886.88 – $87,027.20 Annually

 

ISSUE DATE: 08/16/17

FINAL FI LI NG DAT E: 09/08/17. If the Final Fil ing Date states “Continuous”, the  application  filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this  job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks  are  not acceptable, therefore  it  is important  to submit your application  as soon as possible.

THE POSITION

 Under general  supervision  of  an attorney,  to  perform  a variety  of paraprofessional  legal duties: to assist in preparation of cases for  trial,  prepare  legal  documents,  interview  clients,  and  perform legal  research and writing.  The senior  level performs  the most complex  and/or  difficult  of the  paraprofessional legal duties.

TYPICAL TASKS

Typical Tasks For Paralegal:

  • Gathers and compiles evidence for attorneys by interviewing witnesses and collecting mater ials, documents, and reports;
  • Prepares trial notebooks, organizes evidence, and prepares exhibits, and coordinates court calendars;
  • Interviews clients, witnesses, and others, and serves as a liaison between clients and attorneys;
  • Determines eligibility for client assistance from the Public Defenders office, and may evaluate and arrange for client to enter rehabilitative programs;
  • Acts as a liaison with public and private agencies, law enforcement agencies, State and Federal agencies, the Court, attorneys, clients, relatives of clients, and witnesses;
  • Logs and tracks cases to  ensure that  time lines are met;
  • Arranges for the presence of witnesses, prepares witnesses for testimony and deposition and reviews and summarizes witness  statements  and depositions;
  • Drafts and prepares a variety of legal documents, correspondence, and reports that are standard legal documents  or  that require a minimal  amount  of  original writing;
  • Performs basic legal research in which issues are readily identifiable, or performs cite checking;
  • Files legal documents in court, and delivers materials regarding  ongoing  cases;
  • May assist attorney in court by taking notes; distributing cases, and coordinating witnesses;
  • Maintains and updates office law library containing law books and other reference material;
  • Performs related duties as required;

For Senior Paralegal:

The Senior Paralegal may perform the above tasks in addition to the following:

  • Drafts and prepares a variety of legal documents, correspondence, and reports that are complex and require  a great  amount  of original writing;
  • May have responsibility for highly specialized and complex assignments  requiring  a high level of independence including the organization of documents  used in civil litigation or in the prosecution  or defense of major  crimes;
  • Negotiates and resolves administrative issues with representatives of opposing counsel or client and responds to citizen complaints;
  • Performs complex legal research in which issues are not readily defined and a substantial amount of research is required  from a variety  of references;
  • May represent the County or be called upon to provide information at administrative hearings;
  • Establishes procedures for organizing  and processing work;
  • May assist attorney in extensive  preparation of Penalty Phase;
  • May provide lead direction  and training  to Paralegals and intern Paralegals;
  • Tracks and monitors criminal databases, information on grant proposals, claims filed against the County, gang related activities, DNA testing;
  • Provides training to County agency personnel for statutory compliance and on law enforcement
  • Performs related duties as

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Possession of one of the following:

  • A paralegal certificate from an American  Bar Association  (ABA)  approved paralegal program;
  • A paralegal certificate or a degree from a nationally or regionally accredited, or Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education-approved post-secondary institution that requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester (or equivalent) units in law related courses;
  • A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in any subject;  plus a minimum  of one year  of law related attorney supervised* experience;  and  a  written  declaration  from  that  attorney*  stating that the  person  is qualified  to  perform  paralegal tasks;
  • A high school diploma or GED, plus a minimum of three years of law-related attorney supervised* experience; and a written declaration from that attorney* stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks. This experience  and  training  shall  be completed  no  later than December  31,

*The supervising and declaring attorney must be an active member of the California  Bar  for  at least the preceding three (3) years, or  have practiced  in  the federal  courts  of California  for  at least the  preceding  three (3) years.

Special Requirement

MCLE Post Employment Standards – Paralegals/Senior Paralegals are  required  to  certify completion of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits every two (2) years. These credits consist of four (4) hours of general law or a specialized area of law, and four (4) hours of legal ethics.

Senior Paralegal

Experience Note: In addition to the above, the required knowledge and abilities to perform this function  are typically  attained through one (1)  year  of experience  as a paralegal.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of legal research and available legal resource material, discovery, and fact investigation;
  • Principles of legal writing;
  • Legal terminology;
  • Basic communication skills including questioning and investigative interviewing techniques;
  • Ethics of law practice;
  • Civil and/or criminal legal processes and judicial structure;
  • Skills necessary to perform issue

Ability to:

  • Prepare effective legal papers;
  • Perform basic legal research and writing;
  • Speak and write logically and effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret applicable  codes,  laws, ordinances and statutes;
  • Prepare and organize evidence;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and coworkers. The Senior Paralegal requires the following additional  abilities  to:
  • Prepare complex legal papers requiring a great amount of original writing;
  • Perform advanced legal research
  • Negotiate and resolve administrative

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: Any veteran who has submitted  a  copy  of  their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other  than  dishonorable,  from  the  armed  forces showing service in any branch of the United States military  will be given  a preferential  credit  of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required  knowledge  and  abilities  for  the position  you are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria.  Your answers  should  be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation  has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers  (DSW). In  the event  of a catastrophic  event, County  employees  may be expected to fulfill emergency  action assignments.  As DSW’s, they  may  be assigned  to  assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation  of lives and property.

INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION: For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $118,775 for 2017): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If  you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $270,000 for 2017.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:

http://www.scciobs.org/ OR

70 W. Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing San Jose, CA 95110


Paralegal – County Counsel (County of Santa Clara)

SALARY

$31.43 – $38.03 Hourly    $2,514.56  – $3,042. /2  l:;iweekly    $5,448.21  – $6,592.56 Monthly

$65,378.56 – $79,110.72 Annually

ISSUE DATE: 08/16/17

FINAL FILING DATE: 09/08/17. If the  Final  Filing  Date  states  “Continuous”,  the  application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this  job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks  are  not acceptable, therefore  it  is important  to submit  your application  as soon as possible.

THE POSITION

Under general  supervision  of an attorney,  to  perform  a variety  of paraprofessional legal duties: to assist in preparation of cases for  trial,  prepare  legal  documents,  interview  clients,  and  perform legal  research  and writing. The senior  level performs  the most complex  and/or  difficult  of  the  paraprofessional legal duties.

TYPICAL TASKS

 Typical Tasks For Paralegal:

  • Gathers and compiles evidence for attorneys by interviewing witnesses and collecting materials, documents,  and reports;
  • Prepares trial notebooks, organizes  evidence,  and prepares exhibits;
  • Interviews clients, witnesses, and others, and serves as a liaison between clients and attorneys;
  • Determines eligibility for client assistance from the Public Defenders office, and may evaluate and arrange for client to enter rehabilitative programs;
  • Acts as a liaison with public and private agencies, law enforcement agencies, state agencies, attorneys, clients, relatives  of clients, and  witnesses;
  • Logs and tracks cases to  ensure that time lines are  met;
  • Arranges for the presence of witnesses, prepares witnesses for testimony and deposition and reviews  and summarizes  witness  statements and depositions;
  • Drafts and prepares a variety of legal documents, correspondence, and reports that are standard legal documents or that require a minimal amount of original writing;
  • Performs basic legal research in which issues are readily identifiable, or performs cite checking;
  • Files legal documents in court, and delivers materials  regarding  ongoing cases;
  • May assist attorney in court by taking notes; distributing cases, and coordinating witnesses;
  • Maintains a law library containing  law  books and other  reference material;
  • Performs related  duties as

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Possession of one of the following:

  • A paralegal certificate from an American Bar Association  (ABA) approved paralegal  program;
  • A paralegal certificate or a degree from a nationally or regionally accredited, or Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education-approved  post-secondary  institution  that requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester (or equivalent) units in law related courses;
  • A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in  any  subject;  plus a minimum  of one year of law related attorney supervised*  experience;  and  a  written  declaration  from  that  attorney* stating that the person  is qualified  to  perform  paralegal tasks;
  • A high school diploma or GED, plus a minimum of three years of law-related attorney supervised* experience; and a written declaration from that attorney* stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks. This experience and training shall be completed no later than December 31,

*The supervising and declaring attorney must be an active member of the  California  Bar  for  at least the preceding three (3) years, or have practiced in  the  federal  courts of California  for  at least the preceding three  (3)  years.

Special Requirement

MCLE Post Employment Standards – Paralegals/Senior Paralegals are  required  to  certify completion of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits every two (2) years. These credits consist of four (4) hours of general law or a specialized area of law, and four (4) hours of legal ethics.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of legal research and available legal resource material, discovery, and fact investigation;
  • Principles of legal writing;
  • Legal terminology;
  • Basic communication skills including questioning and investigative interviewing techniques;
  • Ethics of law practice;
  • Civil and/or criminal legal processes and judicial structure;
  • Skills necessary to perform issue

Ability to:

  • Prepare effective legal papers;
  • Perform basic legal research and writing;
  • Speak and write logically  and effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret applicable  codes,  laws, ordinances and statutes;
  • Prepare and organize evidence;
  • Establish and maintain effective  working  relationships  with public and coworkers .

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: Any veteran who has submitted  a  copy  of  their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other  than  dishonorable,  from  the  armed  forces showing service in any branch of the United States  military  will be given  a preferential  credit  of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview  examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required  knowledge  and  abilities  for  the  position  you  are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers  should be as complete  as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation  has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: Under California law, all County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers  (DSW). In  the event  of a catastrophic  event, County  employees  may be expected to  fulfill emergency  action assignments.  As DSW’s, they  may  be assigned  to  assist in any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety and preservation  of lives  and property.

INFORMATION ON PERS CONTRIBUTION: For new members, salaries above a limitation imposed by federal law (that limit per IRS is $118,775 for 2017): (1) neither the County nor the employee makes contributions to PERS on the portion of salary that exceeds the limit, and (2) the portion of the salary that exceeds the limit is not used by PERS to calculate the retirement benefit. If  you were a member prior to January 1, 2013, the limit is $270,000 for 2017.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:

http:1/www.sccjobs.org/ OR

70 W. Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing