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Paralegal

Company: City of Raleigh
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description This class is the first level in a two-level Legal Services Series devoted to providing paralegal and administrative and transactional support, research, and other services to the City Attorney's Office, particularly the attorneys engaged in real estate practice. The office's paralegals provide legal support and assistance to attorneys. Work may include: researching the law; tracking and monitoring real estate and other transactions; investigating facts; preparing real estate documents and reports; filing records and documents; collecting and gathering information and data; maintaining records and files and other administrative tasks as directed. Position reports to the Senior Deputy City Attorney and works directly with attorneys on matters assigned. Experience in real estate matters is essential. The City Attorney's Office consists of 19 attorneys (including two police attorneys located within the Raleigh Police Department), 6 paralegals (including this vacancy), and 3 support staff. The Office supports the City's real estate acquisition and development functions and serves as counsel for sophisticated real estate transactions that are equivalent to commercial real estate practice, including commercial condominium developments, public-private partnerships, economic development projects, development of affordable housing, and City projects such as Raleigh Union Station and the Raleigh Convention Center. This position will be housed at One Exchange Plaza in downtown Raleigh and may require travel within the city as job duties may require.Hiring Range: $44,358.00 - $71,716.00 (promotional range may vary) Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performing title searches and analysis of title documents.
  • Reviewing surveys, title commitments and exception documents.
  • Preparing documents relating to a variety of real estate, loan and construction matters, based on consultation with business clients and review by attorneys, including, but not limited to, agreements, leases, loan documents, and standard construction contracts.
  • Preparing ancillary real estate transaction documents such as escrow instructions, deeds, easements, owner's affidavits, closing certificates, entitlements, etc.
  • Providing general assistance in real estate, lending, construction and leasing transactions, including, but not limited to, preparing, maintaining, and monitoring closing checklists.
  • Proofreading legal documents to ensure accuracy and consistency.
  • Analyzing and summarizing documents, zoning ordinances and statutes for review by attorneys.
  • Working closely with attorneys to resolve a variety of day-to-day issues and supporting a broad range of transactions and projects.
  • Performing legal due diligence.
  • Multi-tasking and prioritizing work assignments to consistently provide high-quality work product within stated deadlines.
  • Performs scheduling and maintains calendars; monitors appointments and meetings.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned and as may be typical for a paralegal in a dynamic law office setting. Typical Qualifications Associate's Degree in paralegal studies and one year of paralegal, legal assistant or legal secretarial experience.ORAn equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.Licensing/Certifications:Depending on assignment, some positions may require:
    • Paralegal certification. Additional Information Knowledge of:
      • Standard practices, methods and materials of assigned work.
      • Business math concepts.
      • Filing and record-keeping principles.
      • Occupational hazards and applicable safety principles and practices.
      • Uses and properties of supplies and equipment.
      • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment).
      • Customer service principles.
      • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
      • Modern office technology including a high level of proficiency in MS Word and Adobe products. Familiarity with Excel.
      • Recording standards and procedures for filing real estate instruments with the Register of Deeds.Skill in:
        • Composing and maintaining basic original documents including real estate instruments, contracts, reports, presentations, and correspondence.
        • Performing basic original research, compiling and assembling data, preparing summary memoranda.
        • Document support, including editing, organizing and filing.
        • Organizing tasks, meeting deadlines and prioritizing competing demands.
        • Following directions and meeting standards.
        • Strong interpersonal skills.
        • Handling multiple assignments under strict time constraints and in pressured circumstances.
        • Learning new software tools with little guidance.
        • Providing attention to detail in assignments.
        • Proofreading and error correction.
        • Business math computations.
        • Exercising confidentiality.
        • Organizing and maintaining records and files, especially in the context of transactional practice.
        • Electronic and in-person filing with the Wake County Register of Deeds
        • Maintaining and updating calendars, data and documentation and preparing for matters pending at Council and Committee meetings.
        • Comprehending reference books and manuals.
        • Operating assigned tools and equipment.
        • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards (based on assignment).
        • Providing customer service.
        • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications, including legal research sites such as Westlaw and Lexis.
        • Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
        • Strong administrative skills such as typing, filing and compiling case and matter files.ADA and Other Requirements:Positions in this class typically require: walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.Light Work:Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work, and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work. Working Conditions:Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office environment with occasional field case-related field work. Note:This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Keywords: City of Raleigh, Raleigh , Paralegal, Legal , Raleigh, North Carolina

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