Job Vacancy Legal Assistant 1, Corrections Division, Attorney General’s Office Washington State

Job title: Legal Assistant 1, Corrections Division, Attorney General’s Office

Company: Washington State

Job description: Description

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at . Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or .

Join an agency whose work impacts the lives of every Washington resident

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) touches the lives of every resident in this state. We serve more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The Office is comprised of nearly 700 attorneys and 800 professional staff, all working together to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to Washington state officials, agencies, and entities. This includes:

  • Economic justice and consumer protections (safeguarding consumers, protecting youth, seniors, and other vulnerable populations)
  • Social justice and civil rights (addressing discrimination, environmental protection, and veteran and military resources)
  • Criminal justice and public safety (investigative and prosecutorial support, financial crimes)
  • And

… Our agency also has national reach, representing the State of Washington before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and trial courts in all cases that involve the state’s interest. If you want to make a difference, we may be the perfect fit for you! Learn more about the AGO .

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. This means recognizing, respecting, and appreciating all cultures and backgrounds– and fostering the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment.

One recent measure of the AGO’s commitment to diversity can be found in its nomination for Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network’s “Outstanding Agency Award” in 2019. Our commitment to employee wellness is reflected in earning the 2021 Zo8 Washington Wellness Award.

The Opportunity:

The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 1 in the CORRECTIONS DIVISION. This position is located in Olympia. This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

This recruitment announcement may be used to fill multiple open positions for the same classification, in addition to the position(s) listed in this announcement.

The mission of the Corrections Division is to work with and support its partners in the criminal justice community to create and maintain safe communities. Corrections Division staff represent and advise the Department of Corrections, Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, Governor’s Clemency and Pardons Board, the Governor’s Office on extraditions and detainers, and the Sentencing Guidelines Commission. The division also responds to all federal habeas corpus petitions that result from state felony convictions. The division handles cases before state and federal courts, including appeals.


What does a Legal Assistant 1 do?

Prepares routine legal documents for pretrial, trial and post-trial actions in state and federal courts;

Prepares legal correspondence requiring knowledge of legal terminology, policies, and procedures;

Proofreads with a high degree of accuracy;

Provides backup support to other legal assistants with typing and/or formatting legal documents;

Sets up new electronic case files according to established office procedures;

Transcribes audio recordings;

Performs data entry functions and obtains information and documents from legal databases;

Numbers and assembles legal documents, exhibits, and other materials as directed;

Makes travel arrangements, and schedules meetings, conference calls and depositions.


Desired Legal Assistant 1 qualifications:


  • High school diploma or equivalent and two years of clerical experience, including a minimum of one year of experience in a legal environment;


  • Two years of legal office experience;


  • A combination of three years of college education and/or relevant experience;


  • A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal studies, or related field of study.


  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite:
  • Word: Basic editing of documents. Use spellcheck and grammar check.
  • Outlook: Draft and reply to emails.

Conditions of Employment

Per AGO Policy, employees and volunteers of the AGO must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Effective March 14, 2022, the AGO announced pursuant to its policy, that employees and volunteers must also receive a booster shot as a condition of employment. Employees or volunteers who are not eligible to receive the booster before their start date, due to required waiting times after receiving their initial vaccine(s), must provide confirmation of the vaccine type and date received so the AGO can calculate the date by which they must receive the booster. If you are selected to serve within the AGO as an employee or volunteer, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination and booster (if already received) before you are able to begin work. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity.

Applicants or candidates being considered for employment shall not share their vaccination status with hiring managers or interview panels.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.

Read The Following Information Completely:

  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 60 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the “work experience” and “education” sections of your application in

, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire. * A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.

  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at . Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or .

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest @ (360) 586-7691 or [email protected].

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or .

Expected salary: $35484 – 45852 per year

Location: Olympia, WA

Job date: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:17:30 GMT

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