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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
Administrative Officer
The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a full‐time Administrative Officer to
oversee the operations of our 157 person, 2-city team. This is a high level core-management positon that
requires responsibility, independence and dynamic teamwork 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.
Position Description – The Administrative Officer provides assistance and advice on a variety of
administrative and management issues. General areas of direct or supervisory responsibility include
management and administrative analysis; financial management; personnel administration; benefits
program management; supervision and training, space and facilities management; equipment,
telecommunications and office automation management; and property and records and procurement
management.
Duties and Responsibilities – A few of the Administrative Officer duties and responsibilities include:
• Acts as advisor to the Defender on all aspects of office administration and management.
• Develops and maintains a system of internal controls to assure proper segregation of duties for financial,
procurement and property management, as well as personnel functions.
• Audits internal controls annually and recommends improvements.
• Manages the financial operations of the defender office, which includes; develops the annual budget,
ensuring expenditures remain within budgetary constraints; justifies itemized budget projections and submits
monthly reports; and reviews and analyzes long-range budgetary and staffing needs.
• Provides the Defender technical and advisory assistance in the areas of recruitment, selection and staffing,
classification and compensations, benefits, performance management, grievance and EEO procedures, and
employee relations.
• Provides technical expertise and advice to the Defender and staff on issues such as employee development
and promotion, position standards and classification.
• Determines need and secures adequate and suitable office space. Monitors monthly or quarterly rent bills.
• Coordinates construction projects and arranges office relocations, renovations and repairs.
• Ensures adherence to federal and local procurement practices and procedures. Acquires current knowledge of
fiscal year spending requirements and restrictions and maintains purchasing records and reports. Operates in
compliance with Judiciary Policies and Procedures.
• Serves as a liaison with the Board of Directors and various divisions of federal agencies, vendors and private
sector.
• Implements office security measures and develops on site employee safety program.
Qualifications – To qualify a person must have at least three years of general experience and three years of
specialized experience. Some higher education from an accredited college or university, preferably with a
concentration in public administration, public policy, business administration, management or related field,
may substitute for some of the required experience. Current or prior Federal Defender or law office
experienced is preferred, as is progressively more responsible administrative, technical, professional,
supervisory, or managerial experience in at least one or more of these functional areas: budget and finance,
human resources, purchasing or procurement. A bachelors or advanced degree from an accredited college or
university is also preferred.
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects; exercise good judgment; and have
good communication skills. Computer literacy and experience with Excel, Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
required. All education, experience, training and certifications will be verified.
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 starting salary range is: JSP 11/1
($72,355) to JSP 15/1 ($143,344). 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.
How to Apply- Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest, resume and three references in pdf
format to employment@fdsdi.com.
Position Announced: July 16, 2021 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

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

ASSISTANT PARALEGAL – SAN DIEGO OFFICE
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.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Provide support services to three or more staff attorneys. Duties include, but
are not limited to, preparing legal documents and correspondence using Word, proofreading and editing, receiving and directing calls, transcription, maintenance of case files, organizing and indexing discovery. Verifying citations and Shepardizing legal documents using LMO and Drafting Assistant. Maintaining internal calendars, and communications with clients, court personnel and the public. Locating and retrieving documents, information and records from Pacer and other sources.

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 and with others. Spanish speaker not required but preferred.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The starting salary for the Assistant Paralegal will be fixed commensurate with
the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range of JSP 5, Step 1, to JSP 9, Step 1, and
currently yielding $39,468 to $59,802 per annum. The position includes employee benefits such as 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. 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 and resume to:
Sandra Riley, Supervisory Administrative Assistant, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., 225 Broadway, Suite 900, San Diego, CA 92101-5008; E-mail: sandra_riley@fd.org. No phone calls please.
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.

Position Announced: July 27, 2021 – Open until filled

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