The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) is accepting applications for a state-wide public defense Training Director,
to be located within our administrative office in Topeka, Kansas.
An attorney in this position will be employed by the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services and will be directly supervised by the Executive Director of BIDS.
The mission of the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) is to provide high quality, zealous defense for our clients in every case. BIDS is recreating its public defense model with a renewed emphasis on training and building public defense offices with a client-centered focus, using an interdisciplinary team-based holistic defense system that incorporates community connections and resources to meet our clients’ unique needs.
What We Want
We are looking for a well-qualified, academically curious individual who is passionate about the importance of public defense and who is interested in helping us to fundamentally rebuild our system and transform our offices into a national model of holistic public defense practice. The state-wide Training Director position presents a tremendous opportunity to become a founding leader in our efforts to remake the face of public defense across the entire Kansas Public Defense System.
We are in search of a dynamic, dedicated candidate who is highly experienced in criminal defense litigation and with an established history of successfully organizing and presenting continuing legal education seminars on criminal defense practice and procedure or other significant relevant teaching experience.
What Does a Training Director Do?
This position will be responsible for establishing a high-quality and well-rounded series of training programs for attorney and non-attorney BIDS public defender staff as well as for our extensive assigned counsel program of private appointed attorneys, private investigator contractors, and other assigned counsel support staff. Areas of training development will include but not be limited to: practical criminal defense trial skills for all experience levels, legal ethics, management training for attorney and non-attorney supervisors, state and federal constitutional law practice, appellate practice, mental health issues in criminal defense, sentencing and mitigation issues, investigative practice, moral injury mitigation practices, workload limitations and controls, and BIDS internal regulations, policies, and procedures.
The Training Director is responsible for establishing training goals in consultation with the Executive Director and is responsible for the planning, managing, and distribution of these training initiatives to all of our agency employees and assigned counsel across Kansas. The Training Director is also responsible for the production and distribution of training materials, practice guides, training program evaluations, and is responsible for working with the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission to ensure compliance and approval of all CLE hours offered by BIDS, as well as for reporting all completed hours for participant credit.
In addition to being extremely familiar with the Kansas Criminal Code and the Kansas Rules of Civil Procedure, a Training Director must also be well-versed in the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA’s Standards for the Defense Function (2017), the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) Workloads Policy Statement (March 2016), the NAPD Statement on Public Defense Staffing (May 2020), and the NAPD Ten Principles for Creating Sustainability in Public Defense position paper (March 2021).
The Training Director is also a member of the Board of Indigents’ Defense Services Administrative Office Executive Leadership Team and will work closely with the Executive Director, the Chief Fiscal Officer, the Administrative Staff Attorney, and the Chief Public Defenders to play a significant role in agency policy development, policy training, employee recruitment, employee retention efforts, diversity initiatives, and community and stakeholder outreach initiatives.
We are particularly interested in candidates who believe in the importance of treating our clients and each other with dignity and respect. We are looking for candidates who appreciate the value of collaborating with our current experienced defenders on everything from best practice casework to all training programs, but who are also proficient at independently managing their own workload, internal and external deadlines, and calendaring. We are looking for zealous advocates with excellent communication skills who are comfortable speaking truth to power and who will help us give each of our client’s their best defense. Our clientele is diverse with significant economic impediments, therefore we are also interested in candidates with experience working with economically and racially diverse populations.
Specific duties of the position include:
Application Materials Needed
Send resume, cover letter, list of references, and Kansas Tax Clearance form to:
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs for staff attorneys and private panel attorneys, as well as non-attorney support staff.
- Presenting lectures, facilitating large and small group discussions, providing coaching and feedback at skills exercises and mock hearings.
- Supervising interns and other staff assisting with training division initiatives.
- Researching, preparing, and publishing training materials, legal outlines, and best practices guides and periodically updating those materials in a timely manner.
- Preparing an annual training plan and working with the Chief Fiscal Officer and Executive Director to manage the training budget and other training related resources.
- Seeking additional or alternative funding sources to support the training division’s budget as needed, including the preparation and administration of grant applications and programs.
- Collaborating with BIDS’ information technology division to maintain training division email list serves, webpages, and electronic research sites to support training division initiatives.
- Collaborating with outside agencies, organizations, and other defender groups to implement cross divisional and cross-disciplinary trainings.
- Assisting the Executive Leadership Team and Chief Defenders to establish and maintain an active agency employee recruitment plan.
- Assisting the Executive Leadership Team and Chief Defenders to establish and maintain an active agency employee retention program.
- Actively promoting diversity and inclusion in all levels of training and recruitment.
- Other duties as assigned
Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services
by email to email@example.com
Email applications should include “ BIDS Training Director Application” in the email subject line.
Application deadline: Open Until Filled, priority given to applications received by Friday, August 6, 2021.
Please be aware that if an offer of employment is made, actual employment is subject to two pre-employment conditions which include:
Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Required:
- Confirmation of active Kansas license in good standing and/or successful admission to the Kansas Bar.
- Governor’s salary approval.
Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.
Equal Employment Opportunity
: The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.
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