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- Position Overview
The Defender Investigator conducts investigations, reviews and assembles evidence and provides recommendations for further development or investigation steps as warranted.
This position is located at 106 E. Baseline Road, Mesa 85210.
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
High School Diploma or GED Certificate and three (3) years investigative experience.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must Possess, or have the ability to obtain by time of hire, a valid Arizona Driver's License, have and maintain an acceptable driving record and be physically capable of operating a vehicle safely. Applicants must include in their application a list of all investigative experience and assignments.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Law enforcement and government relations, as they relate to indigent defense administration.
- The criminal justice system.
- Communicating verbally and in writing to effectively convey information to others.
- Plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts to others.
- Assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information and make or recommend courses of investigation.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Interact tactfully with clients, their family, attorneys, management, co-workers, other interested parties, agencies and professionals.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Prior law enforcement experience including assignment in a detective capacity, or criminal defense investigative, or military investigative experience. Experience locating services for clients involved in dependency matters. Experience conducting home studies. Experience in locating juvenile services to address criminogenic needs. Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills.
Requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding use of County vehicle and/or private vehicles used on County business. Interruptions, time pressures, high volume of work, handling multiple or complicated tasks, accuracy, decision making, and keyboarding may be constant occurrences. May be exposed to traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.), may be required to perform unscheduled or frequently changing tasks, concentration/vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, and public contact may be frequent occurrences. May be required to lift 20 pounds floor to waist, waist to shoulder and shoulder to overhead. May be required to carry 25 pounds a distance of 100 feet. May be required to push/pull 50 pounds a distance of 100 feet.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Assists in the development of defense strategies and case theories;
- Interacts closely with and provides guidance to attorneys by meeting with them to discuss cases and develop further investigative steps as warranted;
- Works with attorneys to investigate case and develop detailed evidence as appropriate;
- Reviews case documents and recommends securing additional background information that may be needed for the case;
- Conducts field investigations with approval of the attorney including, but not limited to, taking photographs, videotaping, obtaining witness statements, preparing exhibits and crime scene diagrams, obtaining family histories, alibis, and various in-state/out-of-state public, private and government records;
- Interfaces with criminal authorities, investigators from other law enforcement agencies and contacts at other related agencies;
- Updates attorneys regularly on progress of investigations and recommendations for further initiatives or preparation of the case;
- Locates and interviews potential witnesses in defense of criminal cases and which may require in-state and/or out-of-state travel;
- Obtains and evaluates physical and documentary evidence;
- Prepares oral and written investigative reports;
- Maintains case files and case logs;
- Interacts with attorneys, management, co-workers, clients, other agencies and interested parties;
- Testifies in court and conducts jail visits;
- Conducts computer inquiries and extensive record searches;
- Is responsible for the use and maintenance of cameras, video and recording devices, computers, motor vehicles and other related equipment. Maintains related records and documentation;
- Required to serve subpoenas and provide transportation; and
- Assists attorneys in last minute investigative emergencies that may be outside the assigned investigative caseload.
- Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.