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TIDC Executive Director

Job Description 

Texas Indigent Defense Commission Executive Director (Director V) (00034545) 

Primary Location

: Texas-Austin 

Work Locations

Office of Court Admin (212-OCA - TIDC) 
P.O. BOX 12066 209 W. 14TH STREET RM 202
 Austin 78711


: Yes, 25 % of the Time 
State Job Code: 1624  
Salary Admin Plan: B 
Grade: 30  

Salary (Pay Basis)

: 11,250.00 - 14,437.50 (Monthly) 


Overtime Status

: Exempt 

Job Posting

: Jul 25, 2023, 9:08:44 AM 

Closing Date

: Aug 15, 2023, 9:59:00 PM 


 About the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC)
TIDC Mission: Protecting the right to counsel, improving public defense
TIDC safeguards liberty by ensuring that Texas and its 254 counties provide the right to counsel guaranteed by the United States and Texas Constitutions.
TIDC funds, oversees, and improves Texas public defense. Here is some of the work we do:
•        Planning and funding new public defender and managed assigned counsel offices.
•        Funding public defense in all 254 Texas counties.
•        Funding six innocence projects.
•        Monitoring compliance with state laws and TIDC rules.
•        Collecting and sharing public defense data.
•        Drafting and testifying on public defense legislation.
•        Hosting trainings, conferences, and webinars.
•        Drafting and disseminating public defense publications.
Working with lawyers, judges, counties, state agencies, and national organizations to shape the future of Texas public defense.
For more information about the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, please visit tidc.texas.gov.
Job Description
The TIDC Executive Director leads a team of nearly 20 public defense professionals in funding, overseeing, and improving Texas public defense. The Director performs highly advanced (senior level) managerial work, providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for TIDC. Daily work varies widely and may include budget discussions, grant application review, policy monitoring review, fiscal monitoring review, publications, communications planning, legislative affairs, data collection, public defender or managed assigned counsel system office planning, strategic planning, staff supervision and coaching, policy development, board meeting planning, and more. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.
Essential Job Functions
  • Works with staff and board members to develop a vision and strategy for Texas public defense, pursuant to Chapter 79 of the Texas   Government Code.
  • Oversees a biennial budget of more than $100 million.
  • Carries out the policies set by the Commission’s Board.
  • Assures coordination and consistency of planning within the division and the Office of Court Administration (OCA).
  • Manages three main divisions: Policy Team, Grants Team, Improvement Team.
  • Leads a team of nearly 20 public defense professionals.
  • Hires, develops, supervises, and mentors staff.
  • Reviews and edits all TIDC reports and publications.
  • Works under the direction of a 13-member board, including the Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals (chair), the Chief   Justice, Judges, members of the legislature and public defense attorneys.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Court Administration (OCA), county officials, judges, lawyers, and community members.
  • Provides an office leadership role, including the ability to delegate tasks and authority as appropriate.
  • Presents to the Texas Legislature, judges, local officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Performs other duties necessary to fulfilling TIDC’s mission and complying with state and federal law.
Note to Applicants with Military Experience
The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met. Army: No military equivariant; Navy: 111X; Coast Guard: SEI15; Marine: 8003; Air Force: 0C0.  Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: 
All applications for employment with the Office of Court Administration may be submitted electronically through CAPPS Careers and can be viewed on www.workintexas.com.  Interested candidates may also email a completed State of Texas application to OCACareers@txcourts.gov. Applications must be complete, including start and end dates of work experiences. Following a screening of applications, interviews of qualified applicants who have submitted a completed state application will be scheduled. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. 
An applicant’s response to the question regarding Former Foster Youth on the state application is optional if you are applying for employment with the Office of Court Administration. 
The Office of Court Administration is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated to Human Resources. 1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired). 
The Office of Court Administration participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration, and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment. 
Position: TIDC Executive Director
Organization: Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Location: Austin,  TX 
United States
Salary: 135,000-173,250 (Annually)
Posting Start Date: 8/3/2023
Date Posted: 8/3/2023

Minimum Qualifications

  • Superior analystical skills
  • Superior writing skills
  • Experience providing effective communication orally and in writing
  • Superior speaking skills
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills
  • Public defense expertise
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications
Preferred Qualifications
  • 10 years of relevant experience
  • Experience working with a board
  • Experience working with elected officials
  • Knowledge of Texas Fair Defense Laws
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management
  • Legislative experience
  • Experience demonstrating effective leadership
Status: This listing expires on: 11/1/2023
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Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Austin,  TX 78701
United States
Joe Freeman, HR Director