Job Posting: Juvenile Mitigation Specialist/Investigator

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DEPARTMENT: Public Defender


The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender is accepting applications for the position of Investigator/Mitigation specialist. The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender has over 40 attorneys who represent adults and juveniles in criminal matters through trial, sentencing, and appeals. Clients receive collaborative representation through a team of dedicated professionals who specialize in criminal and juvenile defense. We provide the highest quality representation to our clients and prioritize a holistic, client centered, and community-oriented practice with the ultimate goals of securing the best possible outcomes in our clients’ cases, ameliorating the conditions that led to their involvement in the justice system, and improving the overall outcomes for their lives.

The essential duties of the Investigation/Mitigation Specialist include:

  • A comprehensive and exhaustive investigation of the criminal matter and the client’s family and social background;
  • Gathering of records, reports, and other documentary materials; 
  • Locating and interviewing lay and expert witnesses;
  • Reviewing and analyzing discovery and other case documentation;
  • Crime scene investigation and recreation;
  • Preparing comprehensive and exhaustive fact and life history chronological summaries, written memoranda, and other reports;
  • Testifying in court as needed;
  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with individuals and agencies that interact with our office.
  • Ability to work with social services providers to address our client’s needs including housing, mental health, or substance abuse treatment, and prepare mitigation evidence for bail or sentencing alternatives.

The successful candidate for this position must have a college degree. A law degree is highly preferred, but not required. Experience with mental health or social work issues is also highly preferred, but not required. The applicant must have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to engage with and establish rapport with people from a variety of different backgrounds. The applicant must be able to work independently while maintaining regular and effective communication with members of the team. The applicant must possess the ability to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence and related information, and engage in creative thinking and problem solving. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, with willingness to travel within and outside the jurisdiction, including travel to courts and various correctional institutions. Spanish speakers will be strongly considered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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