TORTS & CIVIL RIGHTS – SENIOR PARALEGAL

The City of Houston
Published
September 16, 2022
Location
Houston, TX
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TORTS & CIVIL RIGHTS - SENIOR PARALEGAL

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TORTS & CIVIL RIGHTS - SENIOR PARALEGAL

Salary

$45,110.00 - $47,000.00 Annually

Location

900 Bagby-City Hall Annex, TX

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Legal

Job Number

27291

Closing

Continuous

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  • Benefits

  • Questions

POSITION OVERVIEW

Job Classification: SENIOR PARALEGAL

Department: LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Section: TORT & CIVIL RIGHTS

Reporting Location: 900 BAGBY

Workdays & Hours: MONDAY FRIDAY 8:00 AM 5:00 PM* *Subject to Change

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the OCA) provides legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.

  • Partnership & Teamwork Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the Citys goals.

  • Integrity & Candor Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.

  • Dignity & Diversity Promoting each persons value.

  • Innovation & Imagination Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the Citys objectives.

Composed of approximately 100 of Houstons finest attorneys working in 10 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.

Every member of the OCA must be committed to Service Through Law.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The OCA seeks a skilled, energetic, team-oriented Senior Paralegal who is self-motivated and can work independently on various complex paralegal assignments with the attorneys in the Torts and Civil Rights Section.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs investigative functions and research legal issues in preparation for court cases.

  • Assisting attorneys in responding to discovery, ordering records, e-filing and e-serving in state and federal courts.

  • Maintaining attorney calendars and schedules; working with court staff to obtain hearing dates and trial schedules.

  • Performs confidential and sensitive assignments for the City Attorney and other attorneys.

  • Performs other administrative or paralegal responsibilities as assigned, including organizing files, electronically maintained.

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL

Requires a high school diploma or a GED certificate and a certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies. An associates degree may be substituted for the above certification requirement. Above average academic performance is preferred.

EXPERIENCE

Five years of experience as a paralegal at a comparable professional organization, law firm, or corporate legal office are required. An additional two years of paralegal experience may be substituted for the certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies.

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities/deadlines.

  • Experience working with multiple attorneys.

  • Strong drafting research and writing skills.

  • The ability to develop and package high quality written communications that are clear, concise, and well organized.

  • Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.

  • Ability to work under pressure and without close supervision, and to independently produce error-free documents.

  • Advanced level or higher proficiency in the use of Office 365 suite, including Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and SharePoint, and have the ability to quickly grasp specialized software programs.

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION / SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED None

However, the Department may administer skill assessment test.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION No

If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if candidate is promoted into this position, he/she must pass an assigned drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION

Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidates qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade: 19

Salary Range: $45,110.00 - $47,000.00

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832)393-6214.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832)393-6214.

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627

EOE - Equal Opportunity Employment

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

The city offers a competitive benefits program, including competitively priced health coverage and a defined contribution pension plan.

Benefits include:

Medical

Dental

Vision

Wellness

Life insurance

Long-term disability

Retirement pension

457 deferred compensation plan

Employee Assistance Program

10 days of vacation each year

10 city holidays, plus one floating holiday

Flexible schedules

Professional development opportunities

Transportation/parking plan

Section 125 pretax deductions

Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan

Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

For plan details, visit www.houstontx.gov/hr/benefits.html

01

Are you a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces (United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) for more than 90 consecutive days and received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions?

  • Yes

  • No

    02

    Which best describes your highest level of education?

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Associate's Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree or above

    03

    What field of study is your degree or credential?

  • Business Administration

  • Public Administration

  • Paralegal Studies

  • Non-related field of study

  • I do not have a degree

    04

    Do you possess a certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies?

  • Yes

  • No

    05

    Which best describes your years of experience that relates to the duties of this position?

  • I have no experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

  • I have less than 1 year of experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

  • I have 1 but less than 3 years experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

  • I have 3 but less than 5 years experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

  • I have 5 but less than 7 years experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

  • I have 7 years or more experience that directly relates to the duties of this position.

    06

    Please provide a detailed description of your related experience in either your current or previous role. If no experience, put N/A. (Please note, see resume will delay your application)

    07

    Please indicate your level of proficiency in Office 365 suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Sharepoint).

  • BEGINNER: Perform daily word processing tasks in Word, enter correct data, create a database, import data from Excel in Access, format cells, rows and columns in Excel, create a PowerPoint presentation file with a title slide, bullet points and place in slide loop mode; creates a new e-mail message, checking e-mail in Outlook.

  • INTERMEDIATE: Basic formatting and create a variety of templates, mail merges in Word; create primary key to associate data between multiple tables, create a select query in Access; create, modify, and format charts, use graphic objects to enhance worksheets & charts in Excel; add special affects to presentation (design and animation) in PowerPoint; reply, forward, print and delete an e-mail message in Outlook.

  • ADVANCED: Manage table data, sort and filter merges in Word, create a split form and report and back up your databases in Access; use the filter and formula functions to manipulate data in Excel; transition presentation slides, link Excel charts to presentation and add voice in PowerPoint; delete e-mails from the Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items folders, Add, edit, move and delete appointments on your calendar.

  • EXPERT: Produce table of contents, footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks in Word, manage Macro commands, and manage database objects in Access, use advance formula functions (VLOOKUP, IF, IS) manage macro commands, group rows in Excel; publish presentation online, embed objects into presentation in PowerPoint; managing multiple calendars, set rules for incoming mail, create subfolders for mail to be placed in Outlook.

  • I have no experience in working with Microsoft Office Products.

    08

    Which area(s) best describes your knowledge or experience? (Check all that apply)

  • Labor Law

  • Employment Law

  • Litigation Support

  • Civil Rights

  • None of above

    09

    On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), how do you rate yourself in terms of organizational abilities and skills. Please provide a good example that demonstrates the number on the scale you have assigned to yourself?

    10

    On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), how do you rate yourself in terms of being a self-starter and independent worker. Please provide a good example that demonstrates the number on the scale you have assigned to yourself?

    Required Question

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