Senior Paralegal/Paralegal (underfill opportunity)

City of Scottsdale, Arizona
September 3, 2023
Scottsdale, AZ
Job Type



This position is part-time and may be filled as a Paralegal or Senior Paralegal depending on the qualifications of the applicant and needs of the office.

About the Position:
The City Attorney's Office is seeking a part-time civil litigation (tort/injury) paralegal who will provide advanced paraprofessional support to the attorneys in the Civil Division of the City Attorney's Office. The Senior/Paralegal will assist attorneys in various aspects of case management which will include gathering and organizing voluminous documents and drafting disclosures, discovery, pleadings, and other case-related documents. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have at least 3 years of civil litigation experience in personal injury, civil rights, condemnation, and/or employment law.

Minimum Qualifications

Senior Paralegal: $29.52 - $42.92 Hourly
Education and Experience:

  • Associate degree in a Paralegal program from an accredited educational institution.
  • Five years of paralegal experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job-related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
  • Preferred:
    • Civil litigation experience.
    • Municipal or other governmental experience.
    • Certified through either the National Association of Legal Assistants (CP designation) or National Federation of Paralegal Associations (RP designation).
    • Experience responding to public records requests.

Paralegal (underfill): $25.50 - $37.08 Hourly
Education and Experience:

  • Associate degree in a legal assistant / paralegal program or a related field from an accredited educational institution.
  • Three years of paralegal experience OR five years as a legal secretary/legal assistant.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job-related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Preference (depending on assignment):

  • Civil litigation experience in a government environment.
  • Criminal litigation experience in a government environment.
  • Experience responding to public records requests.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:

  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.

Essential Functions

  • Communicates with attorneys regarding various case information, legal issues, strategy, deadlines and/or hearings and trials.
  • Drafts various legal documents and correspondence; gathers documents and responds to discovery requests in an appropriate and timely manner; updates disclosures as additional evidence or documents are identified.
  • Proofreads legal and other documents for detail and accuracy and confirms that issues are effectively stated in a clear, concise and cogent manner.
  • Organizes and maintains litigation files and case notebooks.
  • Reviews and summarizes deposition transcripts and/or medical records.
  • Assists attorneys with all aspects of trial preparation to include attendance at pre-trial hearings, organization and marking of exhibits, preparation of trial notebooks and documents, attendance at pre-trial witness meetings, witness notification, and attendance at trial including presentation of exhibits during trial utilizing trial software.
  • Ensures that deadlines and events are properly calendared and documents are timely filed.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position or that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Most work is performed in a City office environment.
  • Lift and carry materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment, including a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand, and eye movement.
  • Travel to/from meetings and various locations.

Selection Process:
The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible.
DO NOT state "See Resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.

Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process that may include a panel interview. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening that may include:

  • Fingerprinting search of the national FBI Database
  • Criminal Background screening

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time, potentially without advance notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Years of experience are based on a work schedule of 2,080 hours per year for full-time positions and 1,040 hours per year for part-time positions, and while work experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, depending upon the job classification, education may not be substituted for work experience.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
Closing Date/Time: 9/24/2023 11:59 PM Arizona

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