PARALEGAL

  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 15, 2022
Full Time Legal Services

Job Description

Full-time position available with the Law Department, Litigation and Collections Division located at 414 East 12th Street

Salary Range: $21.88/hour

Normal Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
Application Deadline Date: July 25, 2022

*Employees who hold the exact position title, have successfully completed their 6-month probationary period, and wish to be considered for a lateral transfer into the posted position, must contact the department directly. All others interested must submit an application to be considered for this posted Job Opening.


Responsibilities

Litigation: Conducts investigations of tort claims made against the City. Works with considerable independence in determining the methods of investigation. Assignments are received orally or by e-mail from a supervisor. Performs field work Conducts investigations requiring gathering records, interviewing witnesses and analyzing facts in order to determine the City's liability or non-liability. Supports the department's missions, such as delivering documents or serving subpoenas, will be assigned as needed. Determines liability or non-liability as quickly as possible. Provides a quality package of defense for litigators, if the claim becomes a lawsuit, even if the City is not liable, advise the claimants of appropriate alternatives and defend his/her work product at deposition and/or trial.

Collections: Maintains thousands of post-judgment earnings tax collection cases. Researches employment and bank information to ascertain where a garnishment would be most effective to collect the underlying amount on the judgment. Drafts garnishments, Satisfactions of Judgment, releases of the garnishment, and pay off letters to home mortgage lenders. Monitors any payment plans that are set up for their assigned cases. Interacts with the public via email, phone calls and walk-ins. Provides direct contact in receiving new special assessment collections cases from the client, and will inventory, track and research these cases in support of the special assessment collections attorney. Prepares the petitions/affidavits, judgments, garnishments, satisfactions of judgment, payment plans/consent judgments, and other legal documents to facilitate the collection of the revenue associated with the special assessment. Maintains contact with the taxpayer through email, and/or phone calls, and/or walk ins. Researches address to determine ownership of the parcel, and research addresses in order to attempt service of process of the lawsuit. Works closely with and assists the attorney who is responsible for reviewing and responding to all Sunshine Law requests. Works with City Communications and other City Departments to obtain information responsive to Sunshine Law requests. Develops, organizes and maintains files related to Sunshine Law requests and responses and also related to Sunshine Law training and educational programs provided by the Law Department. Assists in requesting and reviewing City emails pursuant to Sunshine Law requests. Assists in developing and providing Sunshine Law training and educational programs. Provides clerical and research support and document preparation for legal issues related to the City's compliance with the Sunshine Law. Assists in any City litigation related to the Sunshine Law. Performs other duties as assigned by the City Attorney.


Qualifications

REQUIRES an accredited Associate's degree or certificate in paralegal studies (sometimes also called legal assistant or other similar terms); OR an accredited Bachelor's degree; OR high school graduation and 3 years of experience working in a law office performing administrative work.


Other Information

URGENT!!! CRITICAL RECRUITMENT INFORMATION

QUESTIONS REGARDING AVIATION POSITIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT AT 816-243-3010.

POSITIONS POSTED FOR THE WATER DEPARTMENT ARE FOR THE WATER DEPARTMENT ONLY . QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE POSITIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO 816-513-0253. IF YOU SEE THE SAME POSITION TITLE POSTED FOR A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT, YOU MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE OTHER CITY DEPARTMENT.

The evaluation of applications is based only on the information submitted by the application deadline. Therefore, in order to have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at educational institutions, date degree(s) conferred, etc. Further, you should provide detailed description of relevant work experience/dates, including months/years of employment. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the selection process. Resumes may be filed to determine eligibility, but an official City application must be completed prior to appointment.

For positions requiring college education as part of the minimum requirement and/or an equivalency, the minimum education requirement is high school graduation. The requirement of "high school graduation" also includes the state-issued GED certificate.

For positions that require an accredited degree, qualifying professional, responsible experience must be obtained AFTER receipt of the accredited degree.

Unless otherwise stated, the requirement of "an accredited" degree includes only those degrees obtained from colleges or universities listed with the U. S. Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

If claiming military veterans preference points, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other qualifying documents prior to the application deadline.

Applications submitted in person or by USPS mail must be received by the published Application Deadline, 5:00P.M., C.T. Applications submitted by FAX or online must be received by the published Application Deadline, midnight, C.T.

All positions require successful completion of a pre-employment criminal history/background check. Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine months.

The City of KCMO is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE.

POLICY OF NON DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY
The City of KCMO does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the Human Resources Department, Recruitment & Selections Division at (816) 513-1945.

Job Address

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