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Paralegal - Confidential

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:


$63,197.99 - $76,806.02 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

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County Counsel's Office (CNS)

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Position Information
The Sonoma County Counsel's Office seeks an experienced paralegal to join their team!
Starting salary up to $36.80/hour ($76,806/year), an additional confidential premium of $0.90/hour, plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
As a Paralegal - Confidential, you will work in an exciting, fast-paced position where you will perform legal research and support attorneys in assignments requiring an advanced knowledge of law and legal procedure. You will draft legal documents, provide litigation support, and use the Office's computerized legal case management system. Additionally, you will be the Division's point of contact for inquiries from other staff, clients, and the public.

What You Bring
As the ideal candidate, you thrive in a fast-paced work environment and possesses:
Familiarity with Court rules and legal proceduresKnowledge of legal document processing and case management, including the proper handling of complaints, stipulations, judgments, and transactional documents

  • Experience creating legal documents, including drafting, formatting, and editing correspondence, court, and transactional documentsThe ability to use legal document processing software such as Abacus, Legal Solutions, and/or WorkshareExperience providing support to attorneys in a litigation and/or transactional/advisory environmentThe ability to handle competing priorities within designated time constraintsFamiliarity with the software used in legal offices such as Timeslips, Onbase, Microsoft Word, Excel, and OutlookExtensive experience using LexisNexisThe Sonoma County Counsel's Office is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation and advice, in a timely and responsive manner, to assist the County, its governing Board of Supervisors and other clients to promote the public interest, achieve programmatic and strategic goals, and protect financial resources.
    The Office of approximately 30 attorneys and 10 support staff places a high value on its collegial atmosphere and on its commitment to providing excellent legal services. It is structured into five practice groups: Health and Human Services; Infrastructure and Public Resources; Land Use; Litigation; and Natural Resources and Resiliency. Each Group is supervised by a Chief Deputy County Counsel and the overall office supervision functions are managed by the Assistant County Counsel and County Counsel. All staff are relied upon to work independently, meet client needs, and exercise sound judgment.

    Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing your contributions work to better our shared community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent * including: A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending upon the assignmentEligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary rangeCounty paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan optionsAn annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1,000 and ongoing education/training opportunitiesCompetitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per yearCounty paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan optionsCounty contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefitsRetirement fully integrated with Social SecurityMay be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employmentPositions designated "Confidential" receive an additional $0.90/hour premium on top of the hourly pay rate
    The County is the place to live, grow, and build your career legacy. When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award-winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about the beauty of our community and the valuable services and support that the County provides our communities, please visit and .
    The County Counsel's Office is currently recruiting to fill a Paralegal - Confidential position. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Paralegal.

    *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the and our directory.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, college-level courses that include paralegal, legal secretarial, legal documents, legal office practices, legal procedure, or other law related courses, and four years of work experience providing legal support in a public or private law office, two years of which are at a level equivalent to the County's class of Legal Assistant.

    Certification: Possession of a paralegal certificate or equivalent as provided for by the California Business and Professions Code Section 6450.

    License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    Considerable Knowledge of: complex legal research, discovery, fact investigation, trial preparation, and standard legal reference materials; legal office terminology, processes, procedures, and the format for legal documents; general legal principles and application; federal, state, and local court rules and regulations; recordkeeping, report preparation, and filing methods; English language usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.

    Ability to: perform complex legal research and writing from varied sources; prepare a variety of legal documents; analyze and interpret applicable codes, laws, ordinances, and statutes; effectively perform assigned paralegal work including legal research and legislation drafting and review; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; follow written and verbal instructions; develop and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys, support staff, and the public; interpret and apply established County policies and governmental guidelines and regulations; interpret and analyze information; prepare complex legal records, reports, documents; perform arithmetic calculations; identify and resolve problems; independently organize work and use initiative and exercise independent judgment; deal with complex and highly confidential and sensitive information; set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments; operate various office equipment including computerized legal research programs, computer hardware, and software.
    Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
    Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getti

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