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Staff Employment Opportunities
TITLE: Chief Investigator


OVERVIEW:
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (FDSDI) is accepting applications for a full-time Chief Investigator in our San Diego office. The FDSDI advocates for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of indigent persons. 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 a community defender organization for the Southern District of California (San Diego and Imperial Counties).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
The Chief Investigator position provides investigative services to staff attorneys and serves as a supervisor and trainer to the investigative staff. Must have investigator experience and be able to perform all functions of an 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. Assist with determining scope, timing and direction of investigations. Supervise the collection of evidence and other relevant materials; assist at court and trials, including coordinating witnesses. Utilize a computer, databases and graphics in developing useful evidence at trial. Develop standards, procedures, instructions and written material for investigative team and assist with training users on how to use software and equipment. 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. Be able to travel to different venues (domestic, foreign and occasional overnight travel) in furtherance of investigations and able to testify in court.


SALARY:
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, 401k. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
Degree from an accredited institution; at least ten years of investigative experience of which two years must be in criminal defense work; at least two years of investigative management experience; excellent writing and oral communication skills; working knowledge of online investigative tools and techniques (to include 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. 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, 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. 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:
Position open until filled.

 

TITLE: Investigator



OVERVIEW:
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has a position opening for a full-time Investigator in our San Diego office. FDSDI is a non-profit, community defender organization fully funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. We are not a government agency and as such, are not government employees. FDSDI provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal crimes in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. 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 two years of investigative, paralegal or comparable experience. Education may be substituted for some experience. This position requires knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe Pro, photo and video editing hardware and software; and the ability to successfully conduct online searches to include social media. The ability to effectively and clearly communicate orally and in writing is required.

 

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. The applicant must be a US citizen or a permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. 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, not required.

 

SALARY:
Salary based on experience and in accordance with guidelines issued by the Office of Defender Services.

 

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:

Position 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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