- Writing Skills
- Driver's License
- Communication Skills
- Certified Notary Public
Reports to: Chief Legal Officer
Location: New York, NY
Salary Range: $75,000 depending on experience
The mission of the REFORM Alliance is to dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system – starting with probation and parole. To win, we are leveraging our considerable resources to change laws and policies while changing hearts and minds.
REFORM's founding partners include award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. CNN host and activist Van Jones is the CEO.
REFORM is seeking a mission-driven, detail-oriented person to join our legal team and serve as our Staff Investigator in the Legal Department. One of the responsibilities of our legal team is to identify individuals who have been severely impacted by the probation and parole systems. We help these individuals determine the appropriate legal course of action, if any, as well as train them to tell their stories publicly. The goal is to publicize their stories to promote social change in support of our proposed bills to improve the probation and parole systems. The Staff Investigator, working under the direction of the Chief Legal Officer, will be responsible for directly conducting the investigation of cases involving probationers and parolees. Specifically, the selected candidate will be expected to:
Review case files and interview potential clients in an effort to gather more information about their cases;
Locate witnesses and gather background information on cases using public or specialized online databases;
Conduct witness interviews in cases at the screening, investigation or litigation stage of REFORM's case acceptance/litigation process;
Create investigative logs that document all investigative actions and submit those logs to CLO and Executive Paralegals;
Assist Attorneys and Paralegals to gather or provide onsite review of necessary public records and other case materials;
Correspond with courthouse or law enforcement personnel in an effort to locate evidence from cases of interest;
Take part in a collaborative case-acceptance decision-making process as a member of CLO's legal team;
At the direction of the Attorneys and Paralegals, keep clients informed of investigative process via writing or face-to-face meetings;
Assist Attorneys with court hearings (review filings, serve subpoenas, prepare witnesses for their testimony, provide transportation to witnesses to hearing, and attend hearings).
Must be willing to sign affidavits to support court filings and testify under oath if necessary;
Provide training and assistance to students in their investigative and case review efforts; and
Perform other duties as assigned
Must have a strong, demonstrated commitment to remedying injustice on behalf of vulnerable populations in general and to REFORM's core mission to dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system –
A Bachelor's degree;
Minimum 5 year of investigation experience required, preferably in criminal defense investigations;
Must live in or be willing to relocate to the New York area;
Extensive travel is required candidates must be willing to travel from state to state as needed to interview witnesses, including occasional evenings and weekends;
Must have a valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle;
Notary Public and fluency in Spanish a plus;
A background in forensics or biological science a plus.
Excellent investigative and interviewing skills; an understanding of criminal procedure and evidence; and good judgment.
Other necessary characteristics include:
being detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication and writing skills;
the ability to juggle multiple tasks;
the ability to work collaboratively in a team but also independently when on the road;
and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of people, including prisoners, enforcement, and attorneys.
REFORM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strive for a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.