Experience: 4-7 years
Location: Chicago Loop
Requisition ID: 00127913
Organization: Forest Preserve District
Work Locations: Cook County Administration 69 W. Washington
Job Posting: Jun 15, 2022, 8:56:22 AM Closing Date: Jul 16, 2022, 11:59:00 PM
Full-time Shift Start Time: 8:30 A.M. Shift End Time: 4:30 P.M.
Posting Salary: $63,483.00 / Yearly
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Forest Preserve District of Cook County
This position performs a variety of specialized tasks as assigned by supervisory attorneys including, but not limited to, summarizing legal documents, performing records research, performing legal research, coordinating research, checking legal forms for accuracy, preparing reports and preparing correspondence. The successful candidate also may be responsible for researching, writing and investigating legal matters for briefs or arguments.
Assists attorneys in trial preparation, legal research, client interview sessions, discovery conferences, investigation, witness preparation, drafting pre-trial and post-trial motions and motion hearings.
Researches and prepares legal memoranda in preparation for legal briefs.
Assists with e-filing documents with court system and/or administrative bodies.
May act as witness/prover in court for attorney to validate statements given during investigations.
May take written statements from clients and/or witnesses.
Assists with investigating facts and circumstances related to convictions found in background checks of candidates for employment.
Assists Real Estate Agent with filing tax exemptions and Certificates of Error.
Assists attorneys in drafting of contracts; and assist in contract signature process.
Assists with annual record retention filings, and department paper and electronic file organization.
Assists with utilizing legal database to track requests and responses.
Must possess a certificate of completion from an ABA- approved paralegal education program AND four (4) or more years of full-time work experience as a paralegal or substantially similar position.
Must possess an associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in paralegal studies, English, history, political science, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, business administration, public administration, accounting, or substantially similar area from an accredited college or university AND four (4) or more years of full-time work experience as a paralegal or substantially similar position.
Must possess a high school diploma or GED or higher AND seven (7) or more years of full-time work experience as a paralegal or substantially similar position.
Possession of at least one (1) season of work experience with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, OR at least one (1) season of work experience as a Conservation Corp Crew member, OR at least one (1) season of work experience on property of the Forest Preserves of Cook County with partners such as the Chicago Zoological Society, Chicago Botanic Garden, Greencorps Chicago, OR At least one (1) season of work experience with other partners such as, Friends of the Forest Preserves or the Student Conservation Association.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities And Other Characteristics
Excellent oral communication and writing skills.
Ability to clearly articulate through written documents concise analysis of assigned case material.
Ability to research and gather information from various sources.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of District information.
Ability to support multiple attorneys.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to use Word, Adobe, intranet systems, data management and matter tracking software.
Ability to work remotely, if necessary.
The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.
When applying for employment with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, preference is given in the application process to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 180 consecutive days or during War Time. To take advantage of this preference, a Veteran must:
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify themselves as a Veteran on their employment application by answering Yes to the question Are you a military veteran?
Attach a copy of their DD 214, DD 215, or NGB 22 (Notice of Separation) at the time of application by uploading it as part of your application. If there are multiple DD 214s, DD 215s, or NGB 22s, the one with the most recent date should be submitted. Coast Guard members must submit a certified copy of the military separation from either the Department of Transportation (before 911) or the Department of Homeland Security (after 911).
Provide original applicable discharge papers at time of interview.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage Basic Term Life Insurance Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program Employee Assistance Program Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
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General District Employment Requirements PROOF OF EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES WILL BE REQUIRED.
MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COOK COUNTY OR ESTABLISH RESIDENCY IN COOK COUNTY WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT AND REMAIN A RESIDENT AT ALL TIMES DURING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE DISTRICT.
MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AT THE TIME OF HIRE OR SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION WITHIN ONE (1) WEEK OF START DATE.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person's race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. We value our employees and the different talents, expertise, and viewpoints that each brings to the table. We believe a robust exchange of ideas results in better decision- making and we commit to providing a constructive, safe, and positive work atmosphere that promotes mutual respect and empowers individuals to thrive in their jobs.