80 South Swan Street
Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience.*
*Substitutions: Four years of specialized experience or associate’s degree and two years of specialized experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of specialized experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specialized experience.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have 10 years’ experience conducting investigations, including in criminal defense matters; an understanding of issues bearing on criminal justice, social justice, racial justice, and wrongful convictions; and a commitment to improving the quality of criminal defense representation in New York State.
Duties Description The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services seeks an experienced investigator to support the efforts of a new Statewide Appellate Support Center team located at our office in Albany, New York. The Investigator will undertake a variety of efforts designed to help criminal defense attorneys and investigators to conduct effective investigations at the pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-conviction stage. This will include gathering and maintaining comprehensive, up-to-date, and easily accessible information regarding investigators and investigative tools and resources available on a local, state, and national level. The Investigator will also conduct trainings regarding how criminal defense attorneys can effectively hire, use, and instruct both in-house and contract investigators, as well as how investigators can conduct effective investigations, productively communicate with defenders, and become valuable members of a defense team. In addition, the Investigator will be available to consult with attorneys and local investigators seeking information and ideas about how to approach investigations in individual cases.
Additional Comments The mission of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is to improve the representation provided to New Yorkers facing criminal charges or family litigation who cannot afford counsel. Our agency’s work is transforming criminal defense and parental representation, while helping people in crisis achieve greater justice in criminal cases and maintain family integrity. Join us to help shape policy and practice statewide and to have a profound impact on justice statewide. Become part of a team of dedicated professionals who share your commitment to a more fair and just society.
ILS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace. These values not only guide our work; we believe they are essential to fulfilling our mission to improve mandated representation in New York State. ILS staff share responsibility for creating a more inclusive workplace. Diverse voices and perspectives only strengthen our ability to create transformational change. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
ILS welcomes candidates regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, or arrest record or criminal conviction history.
We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including:
• Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision Care Benefits.
• Life Insurance.
• Paid Personal Leave, Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays.
• Paid Family Leave.
• Health Care Spending Account.
• Dependent Care Advantage Account.
• Membership in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System.
• Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan.
• Deferred Compensation Plan.
ILS employees are eligible to apply to telecommute part-time and/or adjust work hours in accordance with ILS’s policies, subject to supervisor approval.
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The State of New York is committed to assuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to the Designee for Reasonable Accommodations (DRA) and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at DEEO@OGS.NY.Gov.
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31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics and indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.