Ramsey County Paralegal 1 in (Metro Square) St Paul, Minnesota
$18.55 - $27.36 Hourly
(Metro Square) St Paul, MN
10/27/2017 4:30 PM Central
Performs entry-level professional work to provide a variety of paralegal services to attorneys in the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. (This is the entry-level class in the Paralegal series. Work assignments provide an opportunity to apply knowledge gained through education in order to develop the skills required for advancement) and perform related duties as assigned.
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If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with personnel rules.
Examples of Work Performed
Provide various entry-level paralegal support functions and responsibilities for work in any of the following areas of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office: Adult Criminal, Juvenile, General Civil, Civil Forfeiture, Child Support Services, Civil Commitments or Child Protection. These duties include entry-level knowledge of applied rules of court and statutes specific to the division where assigned.
Under supervised direction and guidance, assist attorneys with preparing for hearings, trials, or administrative proceedings by preparing witness and exhibit lists; compiling a trial notebook; prepare documents for presentation to the court and/or jury; manage photos, charts, and audio/video evidence to be displayed during trial; and manage exhibits used during court proceedings.
Obtain, analyze, and organize information; access and prepare clear and concise reports and data; maintain accurate records and files; and handle confidential and sensitive information. Assist in interviewing victims and witnesses and preparing them for trial or deposition.
Draft and file pleadings and documents, including affidavits, legal memoranda, motions, notices, writs, warrants, discovery documents (requests and responses), jury instructions, summons and complaints, substantive correspondence, settlement proposals, orders, dismissals, stipulations, contracts, leases, and deeds for review and approval by an attorney.
Attend court proceedings with attorneys; take notes of testimony for use by attorney during trial and in preparing closing arguments; and provide other assistance to attorneys during proceedings. Arrange to have matters placed on the court calendar.
Attend legislative planning and legislative meetings, stakeholder group meetings, grantee meetings and intergovernmental meetings with division directors and attorneys; take notes for use by directors and attorneys; provide assistance in preparing for meetings.
Respond to routine requests from internal and external customers, assist in resolving issues as they arise, and offer effective customer service skills at all times. Interact with a wide variety of individuals, groups, and organizations; establish and maintain effective cooperative working relationships with county departments and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies; and effectively deal with hostile, resistant, or potentially abusive suspects or witnesses.
Basic understanding and proficiency of job-required software applications, the internet, and department software; and ability to apply this understanding in completing daily assignments or to create and/or coordinate audio/video presentations.
Identify basic risk and liability issues and potential conflicts, resolve routine issues, and refer more complex issues to managerial personnel.
Create and maintain a positive working environment, work effectively in teams with enthusiasm and initiative supporting the vision and mission of the office, and represent the organization in a professional manner.
(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10
Education: Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies or a Bachelor's Degree with a Paralegal Certificate. The Degree in Paralegal Studies or the Paralegal Certificate must be from an education program that is either approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) or in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or has an Institutional Membership with the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). (No other substitute for education requirement).
Exam/Screening Process Information
The examination process will consist of the following sections weighted as indicated:
Training and Experience Rating..........30%
The examination for Paralegal 1 will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on the answers provided. A candidate must pass the training and experience rating in order to be advanced in the process. In the event ten or fewer candidates pass the training and experience rating, the oral examination will not be held. The Oral Examination is tentatively scheduled for early November.
Eligible List: The names of all applicants who pass the examination/screening process and file a properly completed application shall be placed on the eligible list for employment as a Paralegal 1. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.
Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process. Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process. Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.
Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer. Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.
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