Investigator

Committee for Pub Counsel Srvc - Worcester, MA4.1

Full-time
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The Public Defender Division is seeking an Investigator to work in our Worcester office. Public Defender Investigators are responsible for conducting criminal defense investigations and trial preparation for CPCS Trial Attorneys as well as assisting in developing defense strategy for indigent persons charged with criminal offenses, through locating and interviewing persons, obtaining facts, inspecting records, writing reports, documenting crime scenes, searching databases and social media, summonsing witnesses to court, shepherding witnesses through the trial court process, and testifying in court.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT

CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. In fulfilling its mission, CPCS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS's leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

AGENCY OVERVIEW

CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Public Defender Investigators are responsible for conducting criminal defense investigations and trial preparation for CPCS Trial Attorneys as well as assisting in developing defense strategy for indigent persons charged with criminal offenses, through locating and interviewing persons, obtaining facts, inspecting records, writing reports, documenting crime scenes, searching databases and social media, summonsing witnesses to court, shepherding witnesses through the trial court process, and testifying in court.

Staff investigators work under the direction of the Attorney in Charge, the Chief Investigator, and the Regional Supervising Investigator and work collaboratively with other staff investigators, Attorneys in Charge, and CPCS Administration.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Locate and interview cooperative and, at times, uncooperative witnesses, alleged victims, and clients.
Investigate crime scenes, commonly located in high crime areas.
Prepare and present oral and/or written reports based upon interviews and/or information obtained during the course of the investigation.
Conduct surveillance.
Measure, diagram, and photograph locations where crimes may have taken place and/or any location appropriate to the defense strategy.
Utilize computer for on-line access to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, public records, databases, social networking sites, and various online searches.
Keep accurate records of all phases of the investigation, and be accountable for all aspects of the investigation.
Testify in court as needed.
Network and maintain personal contact with individuals in various agencies, including but not limited to police departments, courts, state agencies, private sector agencies and others so as to facilitate access to information necessary to the defense of a case.
Review and analyze police reports and witness statements.
Maintain open lines of communication with the attorney as to investigative updates and case strategy and meet all deadlines associated with the case.
Maintain professional and productive relationships with attorneys.
Evaluate individuals and factual situations to aid the attorney in preparing and presenting a defense to the criminal charges.
Advise attorneys regarding changes and developments in investigative tools and techniques.
Develop familiarity with Massachusetts criminal laws and rules of criminal procedure.
Serve witnesses and document record keepers summonses to appear in court.
Arrange timely appearance of witnesses at court by keeping them “on call” and provide transportation when necessary for clients and/or witnesses to court or other facilities.
Prepare exhibits for trials and hearings.
Have the ability to work independently and outside of normal business hours as may be needed.
Participate in training programs for attorneys, as well as investigators.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Associates Degree with coursework in criminal justice, forensics, law or related area of study; a minimum of three years of experience in criminal defense investigations or a related investigative field which primarily involves the interviewing of persons, obtaining facts, inspection of records and writing reports; or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and skills.
Must possess a valid and active Massachusetts driver’s license and have full access to a dependable automobile.
A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for up to 2 years of investigatory experience.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Experience with Microsoft Office, internet databases, online searches and databases, and camera and video equipment.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Good analytical and time-management skills.
Bilingual abilities preferred.
Adjusting scheduled hours to work outside of regular business hours, e.g., on nights and weekends, is required with some regularity. Ability to be flexible due to unexpected and times sensitive issues requiring immediate attention is essential.
EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at lbacon@publiccounsel.net

********************ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH THE CPCS iCIMS WEBSITE. IF YOU APPLY THROUGH MASS CAREERS AND DO NOT COMPLETE THE CPCS iCIMS APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO APPLY (CUT AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER IF THE EMBEDDED LINK DOES NOT WORK): https://careers-publiccounsel.icims.com/jobs/1813/investigator-pdd-worcester/job *****************

Official Title: Investigator - CPC
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Worcester-340 Main Street
Job: Legal Services
Agency: Committee for Pub Counsel Srvc
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Aug 9, 2019, 9:55:25 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 46,500.00 - 67,788.53 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Lisa Bacon, HR Director - 617-482-6212