DESCRIPTION OF POSITION AND DUTIES
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is seeking to hire a Training Director who will ensure that FDSDI attorneys receive training, mentorship and guidance to be excellent trial attorneys and advocates for our clients. This attorney should have a significant history of litigation including various types of trial experience, original motion work, and evidentiary hearings. The Training Director occupies a leadership position, supervises other attorneys, and recommends actions that affect the organization’s legal operations.
The Training Director will be responsible for ensuring that attorneys and legal staff members are adequately trained to perform assigned duties. Training topics include current case law developments, trial skills and advocacy in the courtroom, creative sentencing advocacy, developing advanced skills in written, oral and interpersonal communications, as well as the ongoing development of diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness and practice. The Training Director will work with FDSDI supervisors to provide essential yearly training for all FDSDI staff. The Training Director works with Management on selecting individuals to attend national trainings based on principles of fairness, the need for development, and equity.
The Training Director will also provide the CJA Panel with training, information, and support to ensure an excellent standard of practice in the Southern District of California. This includes the development of the annual CJA seminar, new CJA attorney training, and monthly CJA brown bags.
In addition, the Training Director will oversee the New Attorney Training and All Attorney Training Programs within FDSDI. This includes providing yearly updates to the new attorney training syllabus, collaborating with training committees to brainstorm new topics, assigning trainers to designated topics, and creating training schedules.
The Training Director will assist in supervising new attorneys (0-2 year attorneys) in order to ensure adequate training and guidance on the zealous, professional legal representation to clients. The Training Director may be assigned trial cases, or other cases needing litigation, for the purpose of training attorneys on effective trial advocacy skills.
The Training Director will collaborate with Management and Trial Team Leaders on identifying individual attorneys need additional training and/or guidance in their practice. The Training Director may supervise attorneys in a one-on-one capacity if additional support is needed.
The Training Director will work with national organizations, including the DSO Training Division, to identify available and appropriate national training programs for FDSDI staff.
Finally, the Training Director will assist in overseeing the training budget of the defender organization, ensuring costs are kept within allocated budget levels.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary will be commensurate with experience. This position includes health insurance, life insurance, and 401k. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background verification. All education, experience, training, and certifications will be verified.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume highlighting relevant skills and experience to Kasha Castillo, Executive Director, CAS_Employment@fd.org
Position open until filled.