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Life History Investigator - MD - FL
Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc. is seeking two Life History Investigators. One position will be located in the office in Baltimore, MD and the other in the Jacksonville, FL office opening at the end of October.
The Life History Investigator will lead mitigation investigations on behalf of indigent clients at risk of extreme sentences. The Investigator may be asked to work on cases at the federal or state level, at any stage in proceedings, and that require travel across the country and beyond. The majority of cases will be either capital cases or cases in which a client is at risk of life without the possibility parole for an incident that occurred during their childhood. Regardless of the case characteristics, the Life History Investigator is entrusted with ensuring that our clients receive the mitigation investigation they are constitutionally guaranteed. Position requirements and responsibilities are available at the end of this posting.
Who we are (and are not)
ARC, Inc. is a growing nonprofit organization dedicated to doing big things. Our team goes above and beyond to ensure that our clients receive the quality defense to which they are entitled. We believe strongly in human dignity and its potential as a force for change in the criminal legal system. We seek to provide our staff members with the compensation, support, and flexibility that will enable them sustain this effort over time. As teammates, we respect each other’s diverse contributions to the work.
ARC, Inc. is neither a private firm nor a government agency. If you are looking for a 9-to-5 job, if you take a checklist-style approach to mitigation, or if you are anything less than 100% committed to the inherent dignity of our clients and the work involved in carrying that message forward, we are not a fit for you.
What we offer
The salary for this position will be between $48,000 and $55,000. Benefits include an annual contribution of $3,250 toward health and dental coverage (can be applied to our group plan premium or received as a taxed stipend), an employer-matched retirement plan beginning in early 2021, and a $50/month stipend to defray transit or parking costs. There is also support of up to $1,000 allocated per person per year for staff members to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Our leave policy includes no annual limit on, or pay deductions for, time off. It is our hope that staff members use this time to balance periods that require extensive and sustained work.
Most importantly, we offer the opportunity to work in an environment that acknowledges that your ultimate responsibility is to our clients and that we will provide every support to help meet that commitment. By accepting a position with us, you are committed to creating systemic change and accept the challenges that come with that goal.
What you will offer
The ideal candidate for this position will bring:
- 2 or more years of experience with mitigation,
- commitment to upholding and promoting mitigation best practices, as outlined in the ABA Guidelines for Mitigation Function of Defense Team in Capital Cases and in the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Guidelines for the Representation of Child Clients,
- mindfulness of what is needed to work across cultural differences of all kinds,
- resilience in the face of difficult work,
- creativity in responding to challenges and developing strategies, and
- eagerness to work as part of a team of mission-driven individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Position Details
The Life History Investigator is a full-time position based in ARC, Inc.’s office in Baltimore, MD or its office in Jacksonville, FL. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will help to direct the day-to-day tasks of a Record Collection Specialist.
Position: Life History Investigator - MD - FL
Organization: Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc
Location: Baltimore,  MD 
United States
Salary: $48.000 to $55,000
Posting Start Date: 9/29/2020
Date Posted: 9/29/2020
Requirements  The responsibilities of the position include:
As lead investigator on a case
- developing and maintaining strong client relationships,
- identifying, locating, and interviewing witnesses who are knowledgeable about the client at every phase of their life, and developing ongoing relationships as needed,
- obtaining and analyzing documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history,
- managing case budget, timeframe, and other resources,
- assisting in identifying and working with experts,
- drafting clear and concise memos covering a variety of topics,
- fostering productive working relationships with members of the defense team,
- consulting with attorneys to develop theories of the case and case strategy,
- organizing and administering the case file, and
- completing other tasks needed for the success of the case.
As a member of the ARC, Inc. team
- participating in team meetings and internal trainings,
- helping to plan and carry out ARC, Inc.-hosted trainings,
- playing a supportive role in special events and fundraising efforts,
- assisting with administrative functions of the office as requested by management, and
- performing other duties as dictated by the needs of the office.
Application process
Those wishing to apply for this position should first ensure that they meet the following minimum requirements: 2-years mitigation experience, a 4-year degree, clear written and oral expression, driver’s license (or ability to obtain one), willingness to travel, and familiarity with issues in mental health, mental disability, trauma, racial justice, poverty, and other relevant topics.
Additional qualifications that are preferred but not required include a relevant post-graduate degree, a second language (preferably Spanish), and proficiency with case management programs and software.
This position is required to qualify for a private investigator’s license; if you meet other qualifications but are unsure of your eligibility for a license, you are encouraged to contact our team for further discussion.
Those meeting the minimum requirements should submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a brief (3 – 5 page) writing sample to Director of Operations Erin Fiaschetti at esf@advancechange.org. Please indicate your interest in being considered for the Baltimore office, Florida office, or both locations. Successful applications will convey the applicant’s fit with the position as described and motivation in pursuing mitigation as a career. ARC, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Status: This listing expires on: 12/28/2020
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Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc

Baltimore,  MD 21201
United States
Erin Fiaschetti