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Social Worker (Public Defender)


Position Description

This position is in the Pima County Public Defender's Office. 

Salary Grade: M2

Starting Salary: $21.56 - $23.82 DOQ (additional $1.00 per hour given for a Master's degree in Social Work or LMSW Certification)

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The Pima County Public Defender’s Office is expanding its Social Work and Mitigation Unit and seeking skilled and dedicated Social Workers to join its team of professionals representing adult and juvenile clients. Our team provides client-centered, holistic defense for adults and juveniles facing criminal charges or adults in the dependency process. Our Social Work and Mitigation team is an integral part of the defense team and provides expert guidance in the areas of mitigation, treatment and community resources, rehabilitation, and sentencing alternatives for our clients. The team works in partnership with clients to offer support and advocacy to address the underlying issues that led to a client’s involvement with the justice system. We are seeking energetic and dedicated social workers to work as part of our criminal defense team and advocate for our clients both in and out of court. 

Position: Social Worker (Public Defender)
Organization: Pima County Public Defense Services
Location: Tucson,  AZ 
United States
Salary: $21.56-$23.82 DOQ
Posting Start Date: 7/25/2023
Date Posted: 7/25/2023
Minimum Qualifications

(1)  A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social work, behavioral or social services, or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment.


(2)  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a behavioral or social service, or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority and two years of experience in client, family and child behavioral services, child welfare and needs or crisis intervention counseling.
(Additional relevant education from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of the aforementioned experience.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.
Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, or ability to be licensed within the first six (6) months of hire
Status: This listing expires on: 10/23/2023
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Organization Information
Pima County Public Defense Services
33 N. Stone Ave.
Suite 1800
Tucson,  AZ 85701
United States
(520) 724-6901
Michelle Granillo