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.
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.