The Department of Public Defense (DPD) provides high-quality legal representation to indigent clients. DPD practices in several areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile defense, family defense (dependency cases), involuntary commitment (mental illness), sex offender commitment, and contempt of court. The department also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal legal system, the collateral consequences of system involvement, and other structural and/or systemic issues that undermine the rights of our clients and their communities. DPD employs not only attorneys, but also skilled investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and other support staff. Expert services are regularly funded, in keeping with state court rules.
Employment at DPD offers the chance to practice public defense at a very high level, while living in a vibrant urban environment surrounded by natural beauty.
This position is focused on developing and executing innovative recruiting strategies to source applicants and build diverse pipelines for competitive candidates for a variety of public defense positions, as well as instilling and demonstrating best practices in recruiting and selection, and advising on standard and best practices.
Our ideal candidate brings a strong recruiting and sourcing background, fresh energy, and innovative ideas to enhance the quality, diversity, and choice in our applicant pools and identify top quality talent.
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass, (good on Metro, Pierce, Kitsap, Community, and Sound Transit), and a generous benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).
Who may apply: This position is open to the public, special duty placement may be considered for current eligible career service and appointed employees. This selection process will be used to fill one 18-month assignment, with the possibility of extension.
Forms and materials required: Applicants for this position are required to submit the online application form and answers to the attached supplemental questions.
Work location: This position is located in the Dexter Horton Building, Suite 200, at 710 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Work schedule: This position is overtime eligible. Typical work hours are between 8: a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Susan Eddy, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Develop, manage and conduct high volume fair, objective and equitable recruitment and selection processes to include providing recruitment and hiring support to hiring managers throughout DPD; while understanding different lines of business.
Create job announcements and advertisements, develop and administer merit-based selection materials including recruitment plans, interview questions, and related rating criteria.
Collaborate with a wide array of stakeholders to appropriately describe various bodies of work.
Assist or participate in briefing interview panelists and reviewing candidate assessment, documentation, and selection.
Engage with and source applicants through on-line social media, community contacts, and personal networking events. Create systems to build a pipeline of competitive talent;
Establish quick rapport and relationships with potential partners in the community and interested and highly-qualified applicants;
Promote DPD as an Employer of Choice by being knowledgeable about the overarching goals of the department, the benefits of being a King County Employee, and general knowledge about the area and the benefits of living and working in the Pacific Northwest;
Generate diverse competitive applicant pools in support of Equity and Social Justice Goals;
Consult with senior leadership on engaging onboarding practices/plans to increase probabilities of success and retention for newly placed leaders in the division
Using tools such as PeopleSoft, Word, and Excel, create letters and memorandums, reports, charts, and other documents in support of staff life cycle.
Provide information, advice and consultation to a high volume of inquiries from employees and management.
Evaluate customer concerns/inquiries and take action to resolve problems and improve service. Provide excellent customer service by responding to inquiries in a timely, diplomatic, and confidential manner.
Create, maintain, and manage recruitment files and other records both electronically and in hard copy.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
The most competitive candidates will have at least three years of generalist and/or recruiting human resources experience that includes strong operational and analytical skills working in a fast paced environment. Other qualifications include:
Experience managing full-cycle recruitments for a variety of positions including providing consultative advice to hiring managers OR any combination of education and experience necessary to perform the scope of job duties.
Developing and implementing screening and examination techniques to broaden our applicant pools and gathering robust input from stakeholders to assess applicants strengths and fit for the agency.
Having a genuine collaborative and consultative style in their approach to their work. Building and understanding the importance of building effective relationships with customers, team members, and other staff.
Having excellent interpersonal skills and being very politically savvy. Being comfortable providing advice and consultation to managers and supervisors and lead value-added discussions that challenge conventional norms and thinking.
Prioritizing and handling multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
Possessing effective communication skills that use tact and diplomacy in all situations.
Being excited and dedicated to working with a dynamic team and possess the willingness to pitch in where needed.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply human resources practices, especially fair employment law, in conducting recruitment, interviewing and testing. Experience with the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and applicable RCW's.
Ability to quickly absorb and apply new information about DPD and our HR practices.
Excellent organizational skills are required to work on a number of projects simultaneously and complete projects within specified deadlines; knowledge of how to simplify work tasks.
Research issues, gather data from multiple sources, perform analysis, and recommend appropriate solutions in a timely manner.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when handling sensitive information.
Experience working in the public sector.
Experience providing human resources support in a unionized environment.
PHR, SHRM-CP, or IPMA certification
Selection process: Applications will be screened for clarity, completeness and qualifications. All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a computer examination and a series of interviews, including written and oral evaluations of skill, knowledge and experience.
For Tips on Applying, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs/applying.aspx
This position is not represented by a bargaining unit.