This position is responsible for performing paralegal duties in connection with the Litigation Department requiring both sound judgment and good technical skills. These duties may include, but are not limited to drafting discovery responses, preparing administrative records, responding to public record act requests, and assisting attorneys with day-to-day management of their case files. The ideal candidate will possess experience drafting discovery papers, performing legal research and fact finding, retrieving and collecting documents, interviewing witnesses, and summarizing depositions and/or medical records. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented with good analytical skills, a team player who possesses strong organizational and computer skills and will have good oral and written communication skills.
This position is funded through June 2020; however, there's a strong possibility that the position is likely to be extended. The extension of this position is subject to the City Manager's approval.
Depending upon qualifications, the successful candidate may be hired at the Legal Analyst I or Legal Analyst II level. The annual salary range for a Legal Analyst I is $69,139.20 to $84,073.60 and the annual salary range for a Legal Analyst II is $75,462.40 to $91,707.20.
In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Legal Analyst classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
Minimum Qualifications: Training and experience equivalent to:
1. Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
Legal Analyst I: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal experience, of which at least one (1) year includes experience performing investigations, processing liability claims, OR researching and preparing legal documents such as discovery documents, pleadings, contracts, ordinances, or resolutions.
Legal Analyst II: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal experience, of which three (3) years include experience performing investigations, processing liability claims, OR researching and preparing legal documents such as discovery documents, pleadings, contracts, ordinances, or resolutions.
An Associates Degree OR 60 semester units/90 quarter units from an accredited college or university AND additional years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.
Completion of a Paralegal program, including possession of a Paralegal Certificate, may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience OR one (1) year of the education requirement.
3. Required License: Possession of a valid State of California driver's license.
4. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Job Expertise - Demonstrates experience working in a litigation paralegal position, which includes current civil litigation paralegal defense work experience and most of the following tasks: Drafting discovery responses, propounding discovery, document retrieval and collection, conducting factual investigations, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, and assisting attorneys with preparation for trial.
Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills;
displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Computer Skills - Experienced with applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and Prolaw (or similar document management tool).
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.
Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume, answers to the job-specific questions, practical exercises, interview, references, and background check, including obtaining criminal history records. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be forwarded to the interview and practical exercise phases of the selection process.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.
- Please describe your educational background, including: (1) any legal/paralegal coursework, (2) legal studies or college level coursework, (3) completion of a paralegal program possessing a paralegal certificate or law degree.
- Please describe your paralegal work history, including current civil defense experience, including: (1) the type(s) of cases you have worked on, (2) plaintiff or defense, (3) and any particular area(s) of expertise.
- Please describe your experience drafting responses to discovery, including: (1) the type(s) discovery papers you’ve prepared, (2) the area of law in which you worked related to the documents, and (3) state or federal court.
- Describe an example where you worked collaboratively with other employees or work groups in the legal sector. What was the outcome?
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have any questions concerning the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Kevin S. Lee at email@example.com or (408) 535-1908.