All staff employed by the OIC must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Staff precluded from vaccinations due to medical conditions and/or sincerely held religious beliefs will have opportunity to engage with Human Resources to explore reasonable accommodation. Applicants or candidates being considered for employment shall not share their vaccination status with... hiring managers or interview panels. Proof of vaccination will be verified prior to your first day of employment by a member of the Human Resources Department.
OIC CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to fill a full-time Paralegal 1 position. This position is assigned to the Legal Affairs Division, located in our Tumwater office.
With general supervision, the Paralegal 1 position provides paralegal assistance for simple legal matters to Attorney Mangers, Insurance Enforcement Specialists (IES), Paralegal 2s, and the Legal Affairs Deputy Commissioner.
If you're interested in a dynamic career that protects consumers' interests and promotes a healthy business environment in this state, please apply and become part of our dynamic team.
This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. The agency reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time after the initial screening date on October 20, 2022. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit materials as soon as possible.
This recruitment may be used to establish a qualified pool of candidates for Paralegal 1 vacancies in the next sixty days.
AGENCY PROFILE AND VALUES
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) operates under the direction of the state's Insurance Commissioner, a statewide elected official. Our mission is to provide consumer protection and regulation of the state's insurance industry.
With a workforce of approximately 265 employees, we are one of the smaller state agencies in Washington state government and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.
Because we are a small agency, you will truly get a chance to understand the 'big picture' of what we do and why we do it. You will also have a chance to get to know your co-workers.
We value diversity in the workplace. We challenge our employees to continuously improve the way we do business and to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.
To learn more about this agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/ and listen to our employees talk about why they love working here.
BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR OIC
As an eligible state employee, Washington State offers:
• An outstanding benefits package and retirement plans.
• Training and development opportunities, including tuition reimbursement.
• Program for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (if applicable)
• Free parking at our main office in Tumwater.
• A stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.
• The fulfillment of public service.
• Excellent work-life balance.
• Flexible work schedules and telework opportunities.
• Commitment to diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust.
• Free Thurston County Transit public transportation
Reporting to the Paralegal 3 within our Legal Affairs division, this position will provide entry level paralegal support to Attorney Managers, IESs, and the Legal Support Unit in enforcement cases. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Proofread correspondence for consistency, proper citations and references.
• Draft memos on less complex enforcement actions from other divisions.
• Track and record payments, notifying parties of settlements, negotiations and payments.
• Track significant litigation related dates and assist assigned staff member with preparation for the activity.
• Update hearing calendar with dates, deadlines and invitations to appropriate personnel.
• Independently draft all legal documents related for routine Expedited Case Tracking (ECT)
• Perform legal research on case referrals
• Work with entities to obtain settlement
• Maintain Records and track all due dates and incoming payments
• Notify Licensing of upcoming revocations, suspension, and probationary orders, and their effective dates
• Serve as public records coordinator for the division, searching databases, pulling records and tracking responses to requests.
• Process quarterly and yearly reports.
• Act as back-up to staff members as needed.
Two (2) years’ experience as a paralegal
Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal course
Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program or one-year paralegal experience
Three years’ experience as a legal secretary/assistant and 20 semester or 30 quarter hours in non-secretarial legal courses
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
Ability to type or input 40 words per minute
Preferred/Desired Qualifications of this position include:
• 1 – 3 years’ experience in a state regulatory enforcement environment
• Experience in public records requests
• Familiarity with the Washington regulatory process
• Familiarity with the insurance industry
How to Apply: Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large green "apply" button at the top of this announcement. If you have not done so previously, you will need to set up an account profile.
Please provide three (3) professional references on your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "see resume" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
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Wage/salary depends on qualifications or state rules of compensation (if currently a state employee).
Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Treese Beckett at 360.725.7011.
• This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
• State law (RCW 48.02.090) prohibits employees of the OIC from having any interest, directly or indirectly, in an insurance company other than as a policyholder. This prohibition includes the receipt of renewal commissions. If employment is accepted with this agency, you agree to abide by this state law.
• If a degree or other credentials are listed by the candidate, proof will be required at the finalist stage. Candidates are encouraged to pre-plan for this. University degrees must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.
• If a degree was awarded outside the United States, candidates must provide a credential evaluation report.
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