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TITLE: Captial Resouce Counsel Project Mitigation Specialist


OVERVIEW:
The Capital Resource Counsel Project is seeking an experienced Mitigation Specialist. The Capital Resource Counsel Project, working in close coordination with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, is a program of the Defender Services Office of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts designed to assist the federal courts, federal defenders, and appointed counsel in connection with matters related to the defense function in federal capital prosecutions. Capital Resource Counsel (CRC) attorneys are national positions in the federal defender program who (1) coordinate and provide expert advice, assistance and training to Federal Defender Organization (FDO) attorneys and appointed counsel regarding the representation of persons charged with federal capital crimes, and (2) represent persons charged in federal capital cases as co-counsel with FDO attorneys or Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys. Capital Resource Counsel are hosted in federal defender offices in different regions of the country but interact with each other and Resource Counsel daily by phone and email. The Capital Resource Counsel Project seeks an experienced Mitigation Specialist to work closely with Capital Resource Counsel in these efforts.

 

This Mitigation Specialist will also be expected to train, mentor, consult with, and provide other support to mitigation specialists in federal capital trial level cases. The selected applicant must have extensive experience assisting attorneys in the investigation, development, and presentation of mitigation evidence at trial in capital cases in state or federal court.


The CRCP Mitigation Specialist will be located in a host FDO subject to available hosting support and negotiation with the selected applicant. This position will require work on holidays, evenings, and weekends, as the nature of the work requires. This position also requires extensive travel.
Please see the position description that follows this announcement for a detailed description of a related position in the federal defender program, that of “Capital Mitigation Specialist”.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The position is full-time with federal benefits. Salary range will be based on experience and location. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
Email a single, bookmarked, pdf-formatted file including a cover letter and resume detailing capital case and training experience, and the names of three references, to Matthew Rubenstein at Matt_Rubenstein@fd.org.

 

Women, people of color, and Spanish-speaking individuals are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 12, 2018.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until Monday, February 28, 2018

 

The Federal Defender Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

TITLE: Chief Investigator


OVERVIEW:
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (FDSDI) is accepting applications for a full-time Chief Investigator in our San Diego office.  FDSDI advocates for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of indigent persons through zealous criminal defense representation.  The office provides the highest quality representation through diversity of experience, collaborative and thorough case development, focused litigation strategies, and skilled courtroom advocacy.  FDSDI is the community defender organization for the Southern District of California (San Diego and Imperial Counties).


POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Chief Investigator provides investigative services to staff attorneys and serves as a supervisor and trainer to the investigative staff.  The Chief Investigator must have investigation experience and be able to perform all functions of an investigator.  FDSDI’s Chief Investigator: manages and oversees day to day investigator operations, implements and maintains systems, work methods, policy and procedures to ensure efficiency in the investigator operations and utilization of resources; assists with determining scope, timing and direction of investigations; supervises the collection of evidence and other relevant materials; assists at court and in trials, including coordinating witnesses; utilizes a computer, databases and graphics in developing useful evidence at trial; develops standards, procedures, instructions and written material for investigative team and assists with training staff on how to use software and equipment.  The Chief Investigator must have the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with all individuals and agencies.  Excellent writing skills for comprehensive reports of witness interviews, case analysis, and investigative findings are also essential.  The Chief Investigator must be able to travel to different venues (domestic, foreign, and occasional overnight travel) in furtherance of investigations and be able to testify in court.

 

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicants must have a degree from an accredited institution and at least ten years of investigative experience.  At least two years specialized experience in criminal defense work and two years of investigative management experience is preferred, but not required.  Applicants should have excellent writing and oral communication skills; working knowledge of online investigative tools and techniques (including fee based search platforms such as Accurint, TLO or IRB); document and/or evidence exploitation skills; and a working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and Adobe.  Applicants must pass a background investigation, have a valid California driver license, and insured vehicle.  Applicants must be able to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends when needed.  The ability to speak, read and write Spanish is preferred, but not required.  The ability to effectively and clearly communicate orally and in writing, computer proficiency, the ability to manage and supervise staff, communicate and work well with others, demonstrated interest in criminal justice, commitment to obtaining justice for indigent persons and the ability to perform each task associated with this position are essential.  All education, experience, training, and certifications will be verified.

 

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Selection of candidates will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information (including genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The starting salary for this position will be fixed commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of JSP 13, Step 1, to JSP 15, Step 1, and currently yielding $94,707 to $131,643 per annum.  The position does include employee benefits including health and life insurance, as well as a 401k plan.  Salary is payable only by electronic funds transfer (direct deposit).  All positions are at-will and are subject to the availability of funds.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest, resume, and three references in pdf format to:  employment@fdsdi.com.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until filled.

 

TITLE: Paralegal - Litigation Support


OVERVIEW:
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a full-time paralegal-litigation support position in our San Diego office.  FDSDI is the Community Defender Organization for the Southern District of California (San Diego and Imperial Counties). FDSDI operates under authority of Title 18, United States Code, Section 3006A(g)(2)(A), to provide federal criminal defense services by court appointment to individuals unable to afford counsel.  FDSDI is a private, non-profit corporation and not civil service or federal employers.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
This position provides paralegal-litigation support services to staff attorneys. Duties of the paralegal-litigation support include, but are not limited to, all aspects of trial preparation and file management; gathering, organizing, summarizing and indexing of electronic and paper documents and discovery material; assisting with client contact; assisting attorneys at hearings and trials; and litigation support services using advanced software programs. This position requires excellent skills in prioritization and organization, the ability to work independently and cooperatively, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must be flexible and willing to assist attorneys in crisis situations and also work with the attorneys in all aspects of case presentations and correspondence.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
To qualify a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of experience as a paralegal. General experience and three years of specialized experience; some higher education may be substituted for specialized experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience with personal-computers, advanced word processing, Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, CaseMap, Westlaw and Lexis and law-office experience are required, preferably with a criminal defense firm.  Advanced familiarity with PowerPoint, Trial Director, and Summation preferred.  The applicant must demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects; exercise good judgment and have good communication skills.

 

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Selection of position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information (including genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The starting salary for the paralegal position will be fixed commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of JSP 11, Step 1, to JSP 14, Step 1, and currently yielding $67,856 to $114,286 per annum. The position does include employee benefits including health and life insurance, pension. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.  All education, experience, training and certifications will be verified.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest, resume and three references

in PDF format to: employment@fdsdi.com

 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS


APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until filled.

 

TITLE: Assistant Paralegal

 

OVERVIEW:
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Assistant Paralegal.  FDSDI is the community defender organization for the Southern District of California (San Diego and Imperial Counties).  FDSDI operates under authority of Title 18, United States Code, Section 3006A(g)(2)(A), to provide federal criminal defense services by court appointment to individuals unable to afford counsel.  FDSDI is a private, non-profit corporation and not civil service or federal employers.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent, with a minimum of three years general experience and two years specialized experience. Appellate and criminal law experience with proficiency in e-filing procedures in the federal court system and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Computer literacy and proficiency in Word required.  Applicants must be organized, dependable, detail oriented, have the ability to handle multiple tasks and work well under pressure.  Spanish-speaker not required but preferred.


HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest and resume to:

 

Marie Acuna, Administrative Assistant

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

225 Broadway, Suite 900

San Diego, CA 92101-5008
Email: Marie_Acuna@fd.org

 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS


APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Position announced October 2017 and open until filled.


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