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Mitigation Specialist
King County Department of Public Defense (DPD) is recruiting mitigation specialists! A fantastic opportunity for a trained social worker with a deep commitment to the rights and needs of marginalized people. Work with a team to develop defense strategies, make diagnostic assessments, write mitigation reports, and support clients in finding needed services. Testify in court, work to develop alternative sentencing plans, interview friends and family, and more. DPD is an excellent place to work for those who are passionate about clients. We're client-centered, value excellent representation, and work to address racial disproportionality in the criminal legal system and other structural and systemic issues that undermine the rights of our clients. Join our team! 

For more information or to apply, visit the King County Career Page
Position: Mitigation Specialist
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $82,825 - $104,977
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 9/27/2021
  • Master's degree in Social Work or a related behavioral science field. Criminal defense experience or familiarity with the populations that DPD serves is required. This education and experience should demonstrate an ability to work with clients who may be under pressure and in stress, helping them to navigate complex bureaucracies and access the assistance they need.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep up to date with changing work and practices in the social work/mitigation specialist field and to ensure compliance with the latest laws, regulations and techniques to support our clients.
  • Knowledge of the role of the attorney-mitigation specialist relationship and familiarity with the Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Responsibility and other ethical standards which govern Mitigation Specialists. This is necessary to support ethical and fair representation for each and every client we serve.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of social services, including case management, assessment, coordination/referrals, research, mediation, report writing, and oral communications. This is vital to ensure accuracy, effective service delivery, and legal compliance.
  • Knowledge of the use of mitigation in criminal justice cases, to secure the best outcomes for those we serve.
  • Knowledge of criteria for reliable biopsychosocial assessment, to assure that those we serve receive appropriate assessment and subsequent care and to improve a client’s cognition regarding their circumstances.
  • Skill in handling confidential information to safeguard client privacy and identity.
  • Skill in identifying potential ethical issues and seeking advice/counsel when ethical issues arise or require clarification, to guarantee ethical and fair representation for each and every client we serve.
  • Skill in preparing detailed narrative reports, correspondence and other written materials to actively and progressively support a positive narrative and outcome for those we serve.
  • Skill in using office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, database and email.
  • Ability to testify effectively at trial, sentencing or other hearings to promote positive representation, and garner best outcomes for those we serve.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, in person and in writing, to represent our clients in the best possible light.
  • Ability to work calmly and respond courteously when in stressful situations and to demonstrate confident and professional conduct.
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to effectively serve vulnerable clients from all walks of life.
Status: This listing expires on: 12/26/2021
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King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Elisha Mackey