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Mitigation Specialist - Bedford, Virginia

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Mitigation Specialist in the Bedford Public Defender Office. The Mitigation Specialist assists attorneys in providing zealous, high-quality representation to indigent persons accused of criminal offenses. The Mitigation Specialist reports to the Public Defender of the Bedford Office and is employed at-will. The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Duties:
Interviews clients, their families, and relevant witnesses to take in-depth life history and review client’s mental health, educational and medical histories to aid with the defense trial or in mitigation.
Be a supportive resource for clients in crisis, including quick assessments and identification of appropriate intervention or linkages to services where necessary.
Assist with the development of defense themes of mitigation, alternative sentencing plans, and identifying appropriate witnesses to testify in court.
Maintain confidentiality of client records and case files.
Develop and maintain effective time-management and organizational skills in a manner that allows adequate time to track and abide by deadlines, prepare cases, complete administrative paperwork, and respect co-workers’ time constraints.
Coordinate services with other criminal justice agencies to increase dispositional resources for public defender clients.
Represent the office on various committees and task forces that provide services to public defender clients.

This position also requires that the Mitigation Specialist behaves professionally to uphold the integrity and enhance the professional reputation of the Mitigation Specialist and the office, while also enhancing office efficiency and effectiveness through teamwork. The Mitigation Specialist must be aware of, and adhere to, the code of professional conduct governing all members of the defense team representing criminal defendants.

The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and is dedicated to diversity in our workforce. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

Position: Mitigation Specialist - Bedford, Virginia
Organization: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Location: Henrico,  VA 
United States
Salary: $52,990.00 + State Benefits
Posting Start Date: 10/25/2022
Date Posted: 10/25/2022
Requirements

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or a related degree in mental health or counseling and some experience in a mental health discipline dealing with families and support groups is a requirement. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively, along with the ability to establish rapport and maintain professional relationships with client’s family members and other critical individuals and agencies that provide services to clients. The ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally is required. A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel is needed.

Preferred Qualifications
A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Previous experience working in a criminal justice environment is preferred. Prior experience researching and gathering data to reach a supportable conclusion in support of mitigation arguments, along with interviewing experience and applicable techniques, is preferred. Experience conducting interviews to prepare family and social history reports is preferred. Experience examining medical records and identifying mental health factors that will assist in mitigation is preferred. Knowledge of the criminal trial and sentencing process is preferred.

Notes: 
The IDC is committed to inclusive hiring and is dedicated to diversity in our workforce. We encourage and welcome qualified applicants of all identities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/23/2023
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Organization Information
Name:
Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Address:
1604 Santa Rosa Road

Henrico,  VA 23229
United States
Email:
recruiting@vadefenders.org
Phone:
(804) 662-7249
Fax:
Contact:
Ashley Washington