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Attorney- Training Development Coordinator
To be considered for Montana OPD positions, applicants must complete and submit their application online at Statecareers.mt.gov, as well as upload any required application materials.  When logged into the State of Montana Careers site, search this position by title or by references the ID # of 22141173. 

Our Mission
We provide effective professional legal services with equal access to quality client-centered representation. 
Our Vision
 As trained legal professionals we strive to represent our clients in an effective and efficient manner to ensure a more fair and balanced justice system. We are dedicated and committed to improving overall outcomes for our clients and addressing the conditions that led to their involvement with the justice system.
Reasons to work for the Office of the Public Defender: Our work changes lives! The work OPD does, makes a difference for the people in our communities.   Public Defenders work for their clients, protect constitutional rights and ensure the system remains fair.   We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about OPD visit our website HERE.
Benefits of working for OPD: The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity!  Other fantastic benefits include:
  • Health Coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays
  • Work/life balance
  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities and room for professional growth
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more!
About this Opportunity!
*Notice Regarding Position Location:  The preferred location for this position is in Missoula, MT,  however, working from other OPD office locations may be considered based on the current location of qualified applicants and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Job Overview: The Attorney- Training Coordinator, is responsible for providing legal advice, quality client representation and developing, implementing, monitoring, coordinating and evaluating the OPD training and development programs in all aspects of public defense. The incumbent determines the educational and professional development needs of Public Defenders and schedules training for required or professionally beneficial courses. The position provides training mentorship, and input to enhance the performance of staff as requested.   Also has a role assisting in the development and dissemination of standards, procedures, and policies that will ensure that public defender services are provided consistently throughout the state. Provide assistance with research or briefs and provide other technical assistance requested by a public defender; apply for and assist in the disbursement of federal funds or other grant money to aid the statewide public defender system.
The Attorney- Training Coordinator has additional responsibilities providing legal support to the Director and serves as the agency attorney for Human Resource Related issues. Duties include but are not limited to: legal advice, acting as a liason during specified venues, as well as maintaining a client caseload.
Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):
Legal Support, Representation and Training Coordination                                                
  • Provides legal advice on a variety of issues; including HR and employment related matters. 
  • Maintains a client caseload as determined by the director.
  • Represents clients in court proceedings and/or at the direction of management. 
  • As an Attorney, provides guidance, mentorship and instruction regarding legal representation and processes to other Attorneys in the agency; Delivers formal training to public defenders, contract attorneys, administrative support staff, and investigators in all aspects of legal representation the agency provides.
  • Act as a legal liaison and represents the Director in meetings, councils and other venues as determined by management.
  • Determines the educational and professional development needs of Public Defenders and staff.
  • Oversee sentence review proceedings.
  • Trains and mentors Public Defenders. Provides assistance and guidance with various aspects of criminal defense such as research or briefs and provides other technical assistance requested by Public Defenders.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, coordinate training to public defenders and staff in current aspects of criminal and civil law involving public defense; schedules training for required or professionally beneficial courses, seminars, programs, etc.
  • Oversees, develops and administer a legal internship program in the Office of the State Public Defender; includes working with and providing guidance and direction to legal interns regarding aspects of criminal defense.
  • Provides legal assistance regarding personnel, budget and legislative issues.
Standards, Policy Development and Funding:                                                                        
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of standards, procedures, and policies that will ensure that public defender services are provided consistently throughout the state;
  • Consolidate information on important aspects of public defense and provides a collection of official opinions, legal briefs, and other relevant information as requested.
  • Ensures operational and quality performance of the training unit; ensures standards are being met and policies are followed.
  • Applies for and assists in the disbursement of federal funds or other grant money to aid the statewide public defender system. 
Other duties as assigned                                                                                                           
  • Special projects or other duties as assigned by the position supervisor, Director or Managing Attorneys.
  • Attend continuing legal education seminars to satisfy the required annual quota of Montana Bar Association which includes both substantive and ethics course content.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Work of this position normally occurs in a typical office setting.  Work also requires frequent travel and routinely requires extended work hours.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Please list the main knowledge and skill areas required for the job:
  • Knowledgeable in the Public Defender arena and general business applications
  • Knowledgeable in legal and court policies, procedures, practices, terminology and systems; state and federal laws, rules and regulations; principles and practices of evidence collection as well as general knowledge of employment law.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication, negotiation, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, instruction for individuals and groups, delivery of educational materials and measurement of training effects.
  • Capable of framing issues based on the policy implications associated with managing the State’s Public Defender System.
  • Able to develop and implement statewide policies based on short and long-term strategic planning goals, management concepts and practices. 
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, elected officials, defendants, witnesses, County and District Court Judges, court personnel, law enforcement personnel.
  • Able to recognize, analyze and solve complex management problems. 
  • Able to deal effectively with highly sensitive public, political and agency specific issues.
  • Able to assess hypothetical situations and impacts; consolidate a unified strategy in response to numerous issues and concerns; make proper decisions in stressful situations.
  • Able to accept the direction of the Supervisor, Director and the Governor in carrying out policy.
  • Able to manage change
  • Able to think analytically
  • Able to prioritize and balance multiple projects.
  • Able to share information and knowledge between policy-makers and technicians and provide feedback.
Position: Attorney- Training Development Coordinator
Organization: State of Montana-OPD
Location: Missoula,  MT 
United States
Salary: 81,169.00 - 94,995.90 Annually
Posting Start Date: 4/5/2022
Date Posted: 4/5/2022
Requirements Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): 
  • Juris Doctor from ABA accredited law school and license to practice law in Montana on date of hire. 
  •  Ideal candidate will have at least six-years practical experience in law, specifically litigation of criminal and civil law involving public defense and possess progressively responsible leadership skills.
  • Other combinations of education and/or experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  •  Coursework in business or public administration preferred.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/4/2022
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State of Montana-OPD

Missoula,  MT 59802
United States
(406) 444-4136
Human Resources