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Confidential Assistant/Paralegal to the County Attorney

Contact: Jason Kippen
Rensselaer County


The Confidential Assistant/Paralegal primarily performs legal and administrative support for Assistant County Attorneys in the Office for a wide variety of legal and related matters. This position handles a variety of confidential data and information, outside correspondence, as well as phone calls. The work is performed under the supervision of the County Attorney.

Typical Duties:
• Performs administrative duties;
• Review and respond to inquiries made to the County Attorney’s Office;
• Prepare legal correspondence and other documents for court filings;
• Review, organize, and maintain new and current case files;
• Maintain several Assistant County Attorney calendars;
• Screen telephone calls and visitors; and
• Perform related and other duties as required.

Required knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics:
Good knowledge of office practices, legal documents procedures and law office routine; good knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets/databases; good communication skills, particularly in writing, concisely and effectively; ability to perform accurate legal research; ability to prepare legal documents; ability to read and analyze moderately complex material; ability to assist the Assistant County Attorneys by performing a variety of routine legal and administrative duties; good knowledge of the principles and practices of agency organizational functions, laws, policies and regulations; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written directions; ability to type accurately; resourcefulness, good judgment, initiative; tact and courtesy; exceptional organizational skills and time management, and appreciation for detail and confidentiality; ability to maintain cooperative working relationships; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications
Combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties as described above; increasingly responsible administrative and legal office experience, preferably in a government organization or private law firm. The incumbent in this position is required to be a resident of Rensselaer County no later than within 90 days upon taking office and remain so during the entire term of appointment.

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