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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2163 - EO Senior Paralegal

Job Description

GRADE: 111

Under general supervision; performs work of routine difficulty in providing sub professional legal assistance; performs related work as required.

This class is responsible for preparing pleadings regarding tax objections and handling legal matters involved in support rights and paternity cases. The work is done under the general supervision of a division head.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Reviews, researches and adjudicates the backlog of open tax objections
• Acts as a liaison between representatives from various county departments and representatives within the court system
• Assists in the preparation of pleadings, organization of files and on-site inspections
• Reviews, follows up and disseminates upcoming tax cases
• Maintains caseload of tax cases
• Explains statutory and court procedure to taxpayers
• Maintains complex files
• Interviews, consults with, and screens applicants in the field of support rights and paternity areas prior to initiating a cause of action based on complainant's sworn statement or testimony
• Files non-support and paternity cases
• Pulls case data, and maintains case files
• Prepares court orders, rules to show cause, writs of attachment, and other legal documents
• Mails copies of court orders to parties involved in non-support or paternity cases
• Drafts new form letters, and revises existing form letters
• Revises and establishes record keeping methods
• Prepares monthly reports
• Prepares correspondence
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• The policies and procedures of a civil court
• The types and methods of preparation of legal instruments
• The principles, methods, and materials of legal research

Skill in:
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations, and services of office to which

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of an accredited paralegal education program or enrollment in an approved School of Law and two years’ experience in subprofessional legal work; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.