Investigator-Paralegal
State of Montana - Helena, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Investigator-Paralegal

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 10562-13AF

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For more information contact:
State Agency:
Justice

P.O. Box 201404

Helena , MT
59620-1404

Phone: (406)444-7077

Fax: (406)444-1887

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711

E-mail: dojapps@mt.gov

  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce

Position

Number(s):
41166143

Openings:
1

Location(s):
Helena

Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent

Shift:
Daytime

Date Posted:
6/24/2013

Closing Date:
7/23/2013

Department:
Justice

Division:
Legal Services Division

Bureau:
Agency Legal Services

Band/Grade:
6

State Application Required:
Yes

Salary:
$18.39 - $23.94

Salary Unit:
Hourly

Additional Salary Information: Salary negotiable depending on qualifications and salary of existing employees in the given range.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
Every day at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people.

If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a rewarding career, with great benefits, among professional colleagues, and in a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

BENEFITS: Upon date of hire, employees are eligible for state paid premiums toward employee “core” medical, dental, and basic life insurance coverage. Dependent coverage and supplemental options are also available. Employees earn 15 working days of annual leave, 12 days of sick leave and 10-11 paid holidays each year. Membership in a Retirement System with a state contribution begins upon the first day of employment (vesting criteria applies). Flexible schedules may be considered.

The Montana Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer.

Complete a Montana State Application Form. Your application materials will be used to evaluate your written communication skills.

Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant but not requested by the employer will not be considered.

The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicants qualifications may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the application, a structured interview, performance tests, and reference/background checks.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Criminal History Background Check
Driving Record Check

Duties:
Performs paralegal and investigator duties in Agency Legal Services Bureau, which consists of a bureau chief, seven other attorneys, and two other legal investigators. Duties may include, but are not limited to case review, investigation, witness interviews, location of and assistance with preparation of expert witnesses, document review, collection and examination of evidence, preparation of exhibits, drafting and responding to discovery, legal research, drafting of legal pleadings, correspondence, and other documents, litigation support, and management of administrative cases. Performs research and provides paralegal support to attorneys to assist in the preparation and presentation of cases in state and federal court. Works closely with staff attorney assigned to case in analysis of evidence, using results of investigation and witness interviews for preparation of trial testimony. Coordinates administrative hearing activities to ensure bureau hearing officer services are provided in compliance with administrative and statutory requirements.

Competencies:
Speaking Effectively: Expresses and presents thoughts and ideas clearly, succinctly, and in an understandable manner individually and in a group either verb.

Writing Effectively: Expresses and presents information and ideas in writing that is clear, succinct and understandable.

Efficiency and Focus: Focuses efforts and energy on successfully attaining clear, concrete, accurate, timely, and measurable outcomes of importance to the bureau and bureau clients.

Attention to Detail: Demonstrates an appropriate level of precision to complete projects successfully and to execute job responsibilities in a timely manner.

Results Oriented: Achieves goals and brings projects to completion. Investigates, calculates, and proceeds through a project or task to bring about a conclusion.

Demonstrates Maturity and Emotional Discipline: Handles a wide variety of situations in a sensible, reasonable, and professional manner.

Teamwork: Works cooperatively with others as part of a team. Identifies and pursues solutions and looks for alternative ways to work with others that will create better results and good working relationships

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
Thorough knowledge of the litigation process and nature of the work of the attorneys within the bureau. Considerable knowledge of civil, regulatory, and occasionally criminal provisions affecting the gathering of investigative information and methods, practices and procedures; research methods and techniques; and use of photographic and videotape equipment. Knowledge of when utilization of criminal investigative techniques is necessary, including Miranda warnings. Knowledge of principles and practices of civil investigation, rules of evidence, administrative rules and laws, and constitutional rights of individuals; some knowledge of negotiation and mediation strategies and techniques. Ability to develop work plans and timetables, to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and to draft legal documents. Strong interpersonal skills to assist in eliciting information from witnesses, some of whom may be hostile or uncooperative. Ability to judge when an issue becomes one of public policy which must be decided by superiors or client agency; to act with initiative, good judgment and tact; to deal effectively with confidential and sensitive material; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, employees of other agencies, consultants, and the public; and to reduce complex situations into understandable, logical formats. Ability to establish credible interpersonal relationships with witnesses such that the witnesses will cooperate in the investigation. Skill and ability in the use of computerized keyboard, computerized legal research using WestLaw or Lexis/Nexis, and standard office equipment (copier, telephone, Fax machine, E-Mail); to docket information; to access Internet; and to maintain computer assisted case docketing system which monitors all cases docketed, due dates, and progress of case.

This position requires some travel, sometimes in inclement weather. Occasionally extra hours are required which may entail weekends, especially during trial preparation. Must have a valid Montana driver’s license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle or personal vehicle for department business, as required by state and department policies.

Education/Experience:
The above knowledge, skills and abilities are usually acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree with courses in Law, Paralegal Studies or a related field; or a Paralegal Certificate with a combination of course work in a legal related field, with three years of progressive legal assistant or paralegal experience and work experience including a combination of some investigative experience, legal research, legal writing, management of law offices, trial support, case preparation, and litigation support services.

Combinations of education and experience other than what is specified above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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