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Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application and/or interview process. may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. For those who are hearing impaired and need assistance, please contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com

All employees and volunteers of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office serve a crucial role in the protection of the state, its people and resources, thereby providing an incomparable degree of job satisfaction. The AGO is composed of diverse, collegial and supremely talented legal professionals who are resolute in their commitment to public service and share the common goal of advancing the public interest. For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office’s Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.

The position is located in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver has a population of about 165,000 people, and is Washington’s fourth largest city. Vancouver is also part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Combining amenities of a smaller city with access to more urban opportunities, Vancouver has much to offer. There are two public school districts in Vancouver, and many more in nearby areas. Vancouver also offers excellent access to outdoor activities, including the nearby Cascade mountain range, downhill skiing on Mt. Hood, beach access in both Washington and Oregon, and great regional bicycling, walking, and running paths.
The Regional Services Division Vancouver Section has an immediate opening for an Attorney Team Leader. The position reports directly to Vancouvers Section Chief, Jennifer Mankowski Dixon, and is one of two team leaders responsible for oversight of legal services provided in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. The Vancouver Section is comprised of 15 AAGs, 3 paralegals, 7 legal assistants and 2 legal office assistants. The position is a full case carrying position, is responsible for the direct supervision of 5 AAGs, and is a member of the Vancouver’s Management Team.

This position’s caseload is mostly comprised of juvenile litigation cases that are, by their very nature, emergent and emotionally charged. The attorney will be required to work under pressure and stress and must often make prompt and timely evaluations of the facts and evidence and prepare persuasive arguments quickly. The attorney is responsible for all aspects of the assigned caseload, including reviewing the file, preparing for hearings/trial, submitting and responding to discovery, submitting relevant briefs, motions and other pleadings, considering settlement options, keeping the client and other parties informed and meeting all case schedule deadlines.

This position is also responsible for handling the subsequent appeals from their litigation caseload. This position also requires that the individual be able to assist other attorneys general in all forms of juvenile practice as needed. Cases assigned may also include contested adoptions under RCW Chapter 26.33, public disclosure/confidentiality issues, and some fair hearings appeals. The position handles matters brought in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. This position advises and represents the Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in court proceedings and through appeal, requiring familiarity and knowledge of applicable rules, statutes, and procedures.
The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability in juvenile dependency and terminations, have experience litigating cases at Superior Court, presenting and defending motions, interviewing and presenting witnesses, providing client advice, and arguing before the Court of Appeals. Additionally, this position requires familiarity with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and a demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaboration and promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees.

Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA’s Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant’s background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.

This Managing Assistant Attorney General position is represented by the Association of Assistant Attorneys General (AWAAG) / Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) AFSCME Council 28, AFL-CIO. Managing AAG salaries start at $72,864. Ultimately, Managing AAG salaries are set in accordance with the AWAAG CBA. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.

Interested applicants must apply by hitting the “apply” button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system, preferably as PDFs:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
  • Writing sample.

If you have questions about this position and/or wish to learn more about it before applying, we encourage and welcome you to contact Section Chief Jennifer Mankowski Dixon at (360) 759-2113 or via email at Jennifer.MankowskiDixonatg.wa.gov. The deadline to apply is August 18, 2020.

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Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

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