Paralegal

Dakota County
Full Time MN Dakota County District Court, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States
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Overview

General Description

POSTING TYPE:Open-competitive
DEPARTMENT: County Attorney
HOURS: Full-time
PREFERRED HIRING RANGE: $60,396 - 75,495/year
FULL SALARY RANGE: $60,396 - 94,369/year (Grade 107)
LOCATION: Judicial Center, Hastings
UNION: None
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 pm on Thursday, June 27, 2024

What You’ll Do 
The Dakota County Attorney's Office is seeking motivated and detail-oriented candidates that would like to be considered for a position. The current vacancy is in the Civil Division; however, office needs may require transfers to other divisions as needed. The Paralegal in the Civil Division assists attorneys in real estate (eminent domain/condemnation), collections (estate administration/bankruptcy), asset forfeitures, data practices, general civil litigation, administrative and tax cases.  Work is performed independently under general supervision of the division head, with direction from staff attorneys.
 
Who We Are
Dakota County is Minnesota’s third largest county and home to more than 400,000 residents. Our motto is “Be More” and we strive every day to achieve excellence in public service, with a focus on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation.
 
Dakota County aims to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and experiences. Our goal is to have a workforce that is reflective of the communities and individuals we serve. We promote an equitable and culturally aware work environment where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Minimum Qualifications


• Associate's Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant AND Two years of related legal office work experience.
OR
• Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant
OR
• Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field AND a Paralegal Certificate
OR
• Paralegal Certificate AND Four years of related legal office work experience
OR
• A combination of related education and experience to equal five years

Preferred Qualifications:
• Recent experience in real estate and civil litigation.

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

Duties in the Civil Division:
1. Provide assistance, as needed, in the following types of civil cases: eminent domain/condemnation, civil defense litigation, collections, probate estate administration, asset forfeitures, public benefits appeals, foster and child care licensing appeals, property tax appeals, enforcement of County ordinances, environmental regulatory actions, and other general civil matters.
2. Perform basic real property title and encumbrance research.
3. Assist in preparation of condemnation petitions and resulting litigation.
4. Prepare/draft legal documents including affidavits, memoranda, real estate conveyance documents and contracts for County departments with direction from assistant county attorney.
5. Review civil forfeiture cases and prepare pleadings and statistical reports.
6. Assist in probate administration of medical assistance cases.
7. Litigation duties, as needed, including drafting pleadings, discovery requests/responses, affidavits, motions, and other documents; preparing exhibits; interviewing and preparing witnesses; scheduling depositions; gathering relevant facts and information; and hearing/trial preparation and assistance.
8. Successfully complete other duties, as assigned.
 
 ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 1-7



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

• Working knowledge of relevant laws, rules, and regulations in practice areas.
• Working knowledge of court rules, procedures, and practices.
• Working knowledge of and ability to do basic legal research.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong analytical skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to abide by federal, state and office confidentiality requirements.
• Ability to work timely, efficiently, and effectively with minimal supervision.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time and adapt to frequently changing work demands.
• Working knowledge of common computer equipment, computerized case management systems, and office software such as Microsoft Office products.
• Working knowledge of common trial presentation software.
• Working knowledge of common audio/video equipment and editing software.

Work Environment
Work is performed within a County office building. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis.

Location & Schedule
This is a hybrid position that offers a mix of telework and in-person work at our Judicial Center in Hastings, MN. Work is performed Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Benefits

  • Comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, vision, and other benefits
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Generous paid time off (accrual rate starts at four weeks per year)
  • Eleven paid holidays and one floating holiday each year
  • Pension with a generous employer contribution
  • Ability to work from home some of the time
Selection Process
  • You submit an online application that includes supplemental questions
  • We assign you a score based on your qualifications 
  • Top scoring candidates are referred to the hiring manager for interview consideration
  • We conduct interviews and reference checks before extending an offer 
  • We extend an offer and conduct background checks
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