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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 – The starting salary for the Investigator 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 $72,355 to $121,863 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. 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: invemployment@fdsdi.com
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Open until filled.

Position Announcement

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. Salary: 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. This is a full-time position with salary based upon experience and in accord with administrative guidelines currently yielding from JSP 9/1 $59,802 to JSP 14/1 $121,863.

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, 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.

How to apply: Candidates should email a presentation letter as well as 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-2021, followed by the applicant’s full name.

Position Open Until Filled.
FEDERAL DEFENDERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
COMPUTER SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a full-time Computer
Systems Administrator (CSA) in our San Diego office. FDSDI is a nonprofit 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. The CSA will be primarily
based in the San Diego office but will also provide support to the branch office location in El
Centro, California.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The CSA works with the Assistant Computer Systems Administrators
(ACSA) in administering the day-to-day operation and support of an integrated Windows
network over a Wide Area Network. In addition, the CSA works with the Litigation Team to
support all phases of discovery management as well as the production and presentation of
court documents and videos.
The CSA is responsible for:
• Microsoft Windows Server and Desktop administration;
• Virtual Server and Desktop development, implementation and support;
• IT budget development, research and implementation of new technologies;
• Develop, document and maintain standard operating procedures for all installed IT
systems and applications;
• Inventory management and annual audit compliance;
• Website development and maintenance;
Cybersecurity, including Network, Email and Firewall administration;
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for the CSA position, a person must
be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of general experience,
which provided a working knowledge of automated systems, and three years of specialized
experience, and comprehensive knowledge of computer systems administration principles,
practices, methods and techniques. Some higher education from an accredited college or
university, preferably with a concentration in computer or management-information
science or a related field, may be substituted for some of the required experience. Ability to
lift 50 lbs. Notwithstanding any educational substitution, however, specialized knowledge
and experience in the following areas is required:
Microsoft (MS) Windows Server, desktop, laptop, and tablet computer support;
• Experience in Microsoft Office 365 Suite & Teams, with special emphasis on Word
and Excel;
• Active Directory and Server Administration;
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Specialized knowledge, skill and experience in some or all of the following areas is
preferred. Experience in any of these systems or software should be expressly noted in a
list of “Systems / Software” experience contained within your application, as described
further below:
• Litigation support software, such as Trial Director, CaseMap and IPro;
• Forensic software, such as Forensic Tool Kit (FTK), X1 and Cellebrite;
• Apple iOS devices and applications, such as iPads or iPhones;
• Web design and web programming experience;
• Citrix experience
All application information is subject to verification, and claimed experience, certifications,
training and references will be verified. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to
complete a brief skills test.
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: Salary based on experience and in accordance with guidelines issued by the Office
of Defender Services. Starting salary range is: JS-9/1 $59,802 to JS-13/1 (103,126).
Excellent health benefits offered. Selected candidate will be subject to and retention
depends on a successful background investigation. Direct deposit of pay is mandatory.
How to Apply:
To apply send cover letter, resume, three references and a contact cell phone and email
address to: Federal Defenders of San Diego, Attn: CSA Position, 225 Broadway, Suite 900,
San Diego, CA 92101 or email: techapp@fdsdi.com. No telephone calls please.
Position Announced: July 16, 2021 open until filled.
FEDERAL DEFENDERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (FDSDI) is accepting applications for a Legal Assistant in our El
Centro Office. FDSDI is a nonprofit corporation, funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The organization is not an agency of the federal government; staff are not federal employees. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense
services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court.

Job Description: Primary duties include, but are not limited to: screening and referring telephone calls ;
maintaining calendars; accurately o r g a n i z i n g a n d maintaining up-to-date case files; composing
correspondence; processing mail as needed; administrative and other duties as assigned.
Requirements and Qualifications: The ideal candidate has: the ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and effectively communicate with assigned attorneys, other staff, court agency personnel, and the public (including clients and client families); proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat; knowledge of legal terminology and proper case citations, a comprehensive knowledge of legal secretarial principals, practices, methods, and techniques; an understanding of district and circuit court rules, protocols, policies, and precedents; demonstrated work history of dependability, responsibility, the ability to be a team player, and an interest in indigent criminal defense. Fluency in Spanish (verbal and written) is required.

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 – The starting salary for the Legal Assistant will be fixed commensurate with the
experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of JSP 6, Step 1, to JSP 8, Step 1, and currently yielding $43,996 to $54,144 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. 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

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Open until filled.

Part Time Clerical Assistant – Document Scanner
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a part-time (15 hours per week) Clerical Assistant – Document Scanner 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 – Primary duties include preparing and scanning legal case files into a Laserfiche program
– removing staples, paper clips, post-it notes, organizing papers, printing, scanning, document verification and able to file documents.
Qualifications – Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of two years general office experience. Computer literacy and experience with office equipment is required. Applicants must be organized, dependable, detail oriented, have the ability to handle multiple tasks and follow office confidentiality policy.

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 – Salary based upon experience and qualifications in accord with administrative guidelines. Some
Benefits provided. 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

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Open until filled.

The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a full‐time Litigation Support
Specialist (LSS) in our San Diego office. FDSDI is a nonprofit 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.


Position Description: The LSS provides specialized and routine litigation support services. The LSS
acts as the litigation support and discovery specialist to process, organize, index and format
discovery to assist in using the material for case preparation and trial.
The LSS is responsible for:

• Creating and supporting document databases, indexes, transcripts and images.
• Administering databases, processing data and electronic files,
• Performing OCR of digital documents.
• Digitizes audio and video clips for cases.
• Assists paralegals and attorneys with the production of discovery to clients, experts and
others as necessary.
• Goes to court with attorneys and provides litigation and technology support during trials or
hearings.
• Works with the trial team, to develop plans for trial or hearings using a courtroom
presentation system.
• Prepares exhibit images for particular uses (e.g. zooming in on or highlighting a
particular paragraph or setting up two exhibits side by side on the screen).
• Develops simple graphic images, exhibits and demonstratives using standard
software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Techsmith).
• Advises attorneys on the effectiveness of certain exhibits or sequences of exhibits. Is
responsible for the smooth operation of the presentation system in the courtroom.
• Synchronizes clips with written transcripts.
• Computer and Desktop Support

Requirements and Qualifications: Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least
three years of general experience with Windows PCs. A high level of Windows computer
skills and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Windows file
system, knowledge of various file formats, audio and video file editing/conversion and text

file editing is required. A Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college
or university in computer technology, information management or a related field is preferred.
Specialized knowledge, skill and experience in some or all of the following areas is preferred.
• Adobe Acrobat Pro
• Case Map
• Trial Director
• dtSearch,
• Ipro Eclipse
• Cellebrite Reader, UFED4PC or Physical Analyzer

Experience in any of these systems or software should be expressly noted in a list
of “Litigation Technology” experience contained within your application, as described further
below. Applicant must be detail oriented, have strong organizational skills, and be able to set
priorities and meet critical deadlines. Applicant must also possess the ability to work in a team
environment and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The applicant must pass a background investigation. 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: Salary based on experience and in accordance with guidelines issued by the Office of
Defender Services. Starting salary range is: JS‐9/1 $59,802 to JS‐12/1 $86,724. Excellent
health benefits offered. Selected candidate will be subject to and retention depends on
a successful background investigation. Direct deposit of pay is mandatory.

How to Apply: To apply send cover letter, resume, three references and a contact cell phone and
email address to: Federal Defenders of San Diego, Attn: ACSA/LSS Position, 225 Broadway,
Suite 900, San Diego, CA 92101 or email: techapp@fdsdi.com. No telephone calls
please.

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