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Chief Public Defender Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office
The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services is accepting applications for a Chief Public Defender position in the Northeast Kansas Conflicts Public Defender Office located in Topeka, Kansas.
The Chief Public Defender is the lead attorney in each regional office. Chief Public Defenders are responsible for the overall management of their office, including personnel supervision, office administration, in-house training, caseload management, case assignments, ethics, and all other areas necessary for the best representation possible for our clients.
Chief Public Defenders of each office are the leaders within our public defense system who consistently demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the representation of the poor. In order to effectively administer the office, Chief Public Defenders carry a reduced caseload.
The Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office (NEKCO) is located in Topeka, Kansas, and handles adult non-capital felonies primarily in Shawnee County District Court and occasionally some surrounding areas. The NEKCO acts as a conflicts office for the Third Judicial District Public Defender, also located in Topeka. The office currently consists of five attorneys and three support staff.
Position: Chief Public Defender Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office
Organization: Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services
Location: Topeka,  KS 
United States
Salary: Annual salary $79,875 – 85,000, depending on experience.
Posting Start Date: 8/7/2020
Date Posted: 8/7/2020
Minimum requirements for this position include:
  • Graduation from an ABA accredited law school.
  • At least 5 years of criminal defense experience handling major felonies.
  • Applicants must also either be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas or their license in another state must be in good standing and they must be willing and able to seek admission to the Kansas bar immediately upon hire.
  • Applicants must also have demonstrated experience leading others.
  • Must have exceptional communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form.
  • Ability to use all necessary electronic systems, including all required E-filing systems and records management systems, as well as case tracking databases.
  • Must be able to effectively handle emergency or crisis situations in a calm and effective manner.
  • Must be able to process, organize, and retain large amounts of information.
  • Must be able to handle frequent interruptions and multiple calls and inquiries.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to effectively interact with co-workers and other colleagues in a respectful and appropriate manner.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and able to manage confidential information.
Highly preferred qualifications include:
  • Prior or current service as a trial public defender.
  • Prior administrative or supervisory experience.
  • Prior service as a Chief Defender.
  • Prior experience handling personnel issues, including hiring and termination of employees and employee disciplinary issues.
  • Experience in training new employees.
  • Ability to demonstrate a continuing commitment to the provision of quality criminal defense services to poor clients. 

Application Deadline: August 14, 2020
Application Materials Needed  
Send resume, cover letter, list of references, and Kansas Tax Clearance form to:
Heather Cessna,
Executive Director,
Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services
by email to hcessna@sbids.org
Application deadline, August 14, 2020. 
Please be aware that if an offer of employment is made, actual employment is subject to two pre-employment conditions which include:
  • Successful admission to the Kansas Bar or confirmation of an active Kansas license.
  • Governor’s salary approval.
Online listing found here: https://jobs.sok.ks.gov/psc/sokhrprdcg/APPLICANT/HRMS//HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U
Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Required: Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.
Veterans' Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.
Equal Employment Opportunity:  The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/5/2020
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Organization Information
Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services
700 SW Jackson Street
Suite 500
Topeka,  KS 66603
United States
(785) 368-6295
Heather Cessna