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Social Worker - Mitgation Specialist
The Social Worker - Mitigation Specialist will assist attorneys in
investigating, analyzing, developing, and presenting mitigation evidence. Develop and maintain relationships with clients, their family members, local social service providers, pretrial service and probation officers, and other entities to support both the client and attorney.
Interview clients and relevant persons in a culturally competent manner. Locate and conduct witness interviews to discover information to assist the attorney in advocating for pretrial release, and develop all mitigating circumstances in the client’s life to assist at trial or sentencing. Obtain necessary client signatures and ensure all release forms are current and
timely. Investigate, validate, and report to attorney all aspects of client’s life history from multiple sources including vital records, social services records, educational records, employment and personnel records, military records, medical/health records, arrest reports, institutional records, community records, and interviews with persons relevant to the client.
Determine what experts might be consulted and potentially retained to evaluate the client for substance abuse or mental illness. Facilitate client’s entry into treatment, housing, educational or vocational programs. Maintain sufficient knowledge of current research and trends in areas such as substance abuse, mental health, and effects of incarceration. Assist the
attorney in court where requested, including preparing sentencing presentations and testifying.
Demonstrated commitment to working with indigent, under-served, marginalized and diverse communities preferred.

Applicants must possess the ability to work both independently and in a team environment, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, be accurate and attentive to detail, compose correspondence independently, organize work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
Applicants must be able to travel as necessary, including possible travel to Mexico. Other duties as assigned.
Position: Social Worker - Mitgation Specialist
Organization: Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
Location: San Diego,  CA 
United States
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Posting Start Date: 9/1/2021
Date Posted: 5/3/2021
Requirements Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience at a minimum. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with 4 years of experience is desired, however a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with at least 2 years relevant experience is preferred. 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 invemployment@fdsdi.com
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/1/2021
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Organization Information
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
225 Broadway
Suite 900
San Diego,  CA 92101
United States
(619) 544-2734
Sherry OSulllivan