Investigative Specialist (Term)

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Open Date: Nov 15, 2022
Close Date: Nov 22, 2022
Position Type: Investigative Specialist (Term)
Job Vacancy #: PDS 2022-38
Location: Public Defender Service, 633 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004

About The Job

PDS Overview:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. PDS provides legal representation for indigent individuals who are charged with criminal offenses in the District of Columbia and face a loss of liberty. PDS has approximately 200 employees, most of whom work at the main office at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. PDS’s staff consists of approximately 100 attorneys and approximately 100 social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in certain federal benefits plans: health and life insurance, federal retirement, and Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. The investigative specialist position is located in the Investigations Division of PDS.

Employment at the Public Defender Service is at will and is not federal employment.

Position Description:

Full Time (Term) not to exceed September 30, 2024

Major Duties:

This position works in concert with legal defense counsel to investigate allegations of suspected violations of criminal statutes and possible defenses to those allegations. An investigative specialist, under the supervision of the assigned attorney, plans and conducts complete investigations of criminal cases as assigned. This is accomplished by interviews with witnesses, researching records, contacting various sources for the purpose of obtaining facts, signed statements, etc. An investigative specialist verifies and corroborates all information obtained, analyzes findings, and presents findings in comprehensive reports for use by attorneys. Investigations can require overnight or multi-day travel. An investigative specialist will perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:


All candidates selected for the position must possess: A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Law, Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, English, Journalism/Mass Communication and/or other related field.

Other Requirements: (1) Incumbent must have a valid U.S. driver’s license; (2) incumbent must own or have ready-use of an insured, reliable, and privately-owned motor vehicle and must be insured as a driver for that vehicle (rental cars and car services are not acceptable substitutes); (3) incumbent must have no convictions as defined in D.C. Code Sec. 14.305(b)(1) (Impeachment by evidence of conviction of crime); and (4) applicant must be a US Citizen or have current authorization to work in the United States.


Qualifications Required for the PDS Grade 7

All candidates must possess the above noted educational requirement.



Qualifications Required for the PDS Grade 9

To qualify for the grade 9, a candidate must possess the aforementioned educational requirement and the following experience:

Specialized Experience: Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience as a criminal defense staff investigator or criminal defense investigative specialist (investigating felony level cases), including experience with word processing, criminal justice database usage, social media usage, data input, and criminal defense related data analysis.



Qualifications Required for the PDS Grade 11   

To qualify for the grade 11, a candidate must possess the aforementioned educational requirement and the following experience:

Specialized Experience:  Candidates must have at least three years of specialized experience as a criminal defense staff investigator or criminal defense investigative specialist (investigating felony level cases), including experience with word processing, criminal justice database usage, social media usage, data input, and criminal defense related data analysis.  

Preferred Qualifications:

Additionally, the following knowledge, skills, and abilities and/or experiences are deemed highly desirable:

  • The ability to fluently speak and write Spanish;
  • Training and/or internship experience in criminal defense investigations;
  • Training and/or experience in criminal defense mitigation;
  • The skills and ability to provide quantitative and qualitative analysis and assessment of data evidence;
  • Possess computing skills and proficiency in Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF), Criminal Justice Database usage, researching Social Media content, criminal defense related data input/analysis and/or other related proprietary software;
  • Experience in organizing for and/or serving the homeless, incarcerated, underserved and/or immigrant communities;
  • The willingness to learn and utilize proprietary and evolving technology as related to investigations is also desirable.

Application Evaluation:

Your application package includes your cover letter, resume and requested supporting documentation. Please ensure your application package includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your application package and requested supporting documents can result in a rejection of your application package. Prior to the closing date of the announcement, PDS reserves the right to conduct rolling interviews.

Rating: Your application package will be rated and ranked among other applicants, based on your experience, education, training, and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating can be lowered if your application package is not supported by the requested documents.


Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application package will be referred to a hiring manager for consideration at which time you may be invited to participate in a selection interview.


Interview Structure: Those who are selected for interviews will be required to interview via Web- X, Skype, or some other communications platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of vacancies:

001

Pay Series:

PDS-1801

Compensation:

$50,643 to $116,788/year

Benefits:

PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and employees are entitled to participate in federal benefits plans, federal retirement systems, and the workers compensation program.

Transferring federal employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement (if applicable) purposes. Benefits include:

Federal Employees Retirement Systems (retirement annuity) Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K program)
Federal Employees Health Benefits (health insurance) Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (life insurance) Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts (for health care and dependent care)
Long Term Care
Parking Space (for Investigative Specialists)
Employee Assistance Program
Federal Occupational Health (access to health clinic and services)

Who May Apply:

This vacancy is open to US Citizens or those authorized to work in the United States as of the opening date listed on this vacancy announcement.

How to Apply:

For consideration applicants must submit the documents listed below. Failure to submit will result in an incomplete application. If you have trouble submitting your documents, please upload cover letter, resume, transcripts and narrative statement as one attachment.

Please ensure your application package includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your application package and requested supporting documents can result in a rejection of your application package.

Cover letter and traditional résumé (with day telephone and email contact); copy of graduate school transcripts but must submit original copy prior to offer/employment; narrative statement a list of three professional references to include name, address, telephone number and a statement on how each reference is able to evaluate your skills.

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Disclaimer

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.

PDS is an E-Verify participating agency. Please see the Right to Work Poster and the E-Verify Participation Poster for more information.

 

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.