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ProfileDeputy Prosecuting Attorney - Child Support Division The candidate under the elected Prosecuting Attorney. The summary for this opening would provide professional legal services for the County on primarily child support cases representing the interests of the Division of Child Support for the State of Washington (DCS), which is under contract with the County and Prosecuting Attorney. Assist the Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO) on other, incidental legal matters and services as assigned to support the Office and the services it provides. More experienced DPAs are involved with the more complex cases and serve in litigation or assist the Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with such cases; also may assist less experienced PAO attorneys. Ensures that case files that are docketed for court are prepared for the court hearing by reviewing the appropriate documents and case information within established timeframes. Calculates child support and arrearages and other financial adjustments. Prepares and presents cases, and the necessary legal and/or administrative documents for presentation in court. Accessesand protects confidential State system data, including state system(s) that provide information on employment, birth verification, Social Security information, and appropriate internet resources to obtain relevant case information. Records in the automated and/or hard copy case file necessary information related to the establishment and/or enforcement of a child support obligation. Completes court follow-up such as discovery, subpoenas, and motions within required time frames. Maintains confidentiality and security of case information. Perform legal research and prepares written and oral opinions on various legal issues. Provide work guidance to paralegals, secretaries and other support staff. Stay abreast of new trends, law changes and other developments in the support enforcement and other-duty legal fields. Attend and participate in staff meetings.Make recommendations to improve processes and office efficiency and services. Attend assigned local and state conferences and meetings on behalf of the PAO and in furtherance of essential duties and responsibilities, as well as attending community and business group meetings and activities. Participate in training reserves. Give lectures and make presentations on legal issues such as support enforcement procedures and legal/court procedures, as assigned/approved by the PA or Chief Deputy. Perform other duties or projects as assigned by the PA or Chief Deputy such as assist or cover/back-up for other Deputies in Child Support and other divisions of the office. Advise on Public Records Requests (PRR's) for County officials and departments. Respond to public records requests received by the Prosecuting Attorneys' Office. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have law degree from an accredited college or university. Admission to Washington State Bar Association is needed. Should have knowledge of legal rules, protocols and systems. Must have prior experience in family law and/or child support enforcement cases. Should be Able to effectively present information and recommendations in oral and written form and at a professional level.Strong public speaking skills. Must be able to develop trial strategy, prepare evidence for admissibility and introduce it in the most eloquent manner. Should have excellent interpersonal skills. Must have establish and maintain effective working relations with other department heads and managers, elected officials, administrative staff, employees, other government agencies, business contacts for the County, and the general public. Should have excellent research skills. Must be able to analyze data and arriveat conclusions; then develop a strategic plan of action.
Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's
Hall of Justice
1st floor room 105 , 312 SW 1st Ave.
Kelso, WA 98626