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TITLE: Investigator


OVERVIEW:
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for an Investigator 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.  A large part of the case load involves immigration related offenses, drugs, fraud, bank robbery, forgery and internet related crimes.


JOB DESCRIPTION:

    Investigators are a critical part of the defense team and the position requires considerable resourcefulness, initiative, creativity, self-motivation, tact and discretion. Investigators must have the ability to review, analyze and evaluate discovery material, facts and evidence, and ascertain relevant information. Investigators must be able to locate and effectively interview witnesses, alleged victims, experts and law enforcement personnel; locate and gather records, write and draft reports and other work product; locate, retrieve and maintain tangible evidence and personal property; prepare and serve subpoenas; locate, visit and process crime scenes (to include taking photos and videos); have the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with individuals in  governmental and private agencies, members of the Bar and the Judicial branch. Investigators will have writing responsibilities, including comprehensive reports of witness interviews, case analysis and investigative findings. Investigators may need to travel to different venues (domestic, foreign and occasional overnight travel) in furtherance of investigations. Investigators may need to testify in court.

     

    REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

      A minimum of three years of investigative or comparable experience. Education may be substituted for some experience. This position requires strong organizational skills and broad familiarity with computer programs.   Ability to effectively and clearly communicate orally and in writing is required.    Additional preferred skills: conducting interviews, locating records and people and writing comprehensive reports and ability to establish a rapport with a variety of people.

      A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. The applicant must pass a background investigation; have a valid California driver license and insured vehicle. Applicant must be able to work flexible hours. The ability to speak, read and write Spanish is preferred.

      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, 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:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  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.  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 with subject line Investigator.

 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS


APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until filled.

 

TITLE: Spanish-English Interpreter

 

OVERVIEW:
The Translation and Interpretation Department of Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. -- the Community Defender Organization for the Southern District of California -- seeks applicants for a full-time staff position. An eligible applicant must be qualified by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as a Certified Court Interpreter for Spanish/English proceedings.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    ·Interprets in simultaneous and consecutive modes at all stages of a criminal defense case for defendants, witnesses and attorneys in office, jail and courthouse settings;

     

    ·Translates documents written in colloquial, legal, official, scientific and technical language; ·Accurately transcribes the interpretation of evidentiary recordings, including law enforcement interviews and wiretaps;

     

    ·Certifies and testifies to the accuracy of evidence translated or interpreted by other parties;

     

    ·Develops professional expertise and remains impartial and neutral in providing translation and interpretation services.

 

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:

This is a full-time position with salary based upon experience and in accord with administrative guidelines currently yielding from JS 9/1 $56,084 to JS 14/10 $148,572. Direct deposit of pay required. Benefits available include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k), and flexible spending accounts.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates should email a résumé listing years of general translation and interpretation experience and years of specialized court interpretation experience to InterpreterApp@fdsdi.com, with the following subject line: FDSDI-2018, followed by the applicant's full name.

 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS


APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by May 15, 2018.

 

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 and litigation support services to litigation teams. Duties include, all aspects of trial preparation and discovery management; gathering, organizing, analyzing and summarizing discovery material; assisting with client contact; conducting electronic courtroom presentations for hearings or trials.  Additionally, paralegals are expected to work with litigation teams to recommend and determine litigation support tools for the review, analysis, and presentation of case materials. This position requires excellent skills in prioritization and organization, the ability to work independently and cooperatively.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
To qualify a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of experience as a paralegal or related field.  General experience and three years of specialized experience; some higher education may be substituted for specialized experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.  High level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with a Windows platform and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat. Expertise with document review and analysis in a litigation support platforms (e.g., CaseMap, Eclipse and Trial Director). The applicant must demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects; exercise good judgment and have excellent 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, 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:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  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, résumé 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 résumé 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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