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Opportunity Title: Criminal Defense Investigator
Location: Golden
Department: Colorado State Public Defender
Posted Date: 07/10/2018
Closing Date: 07/17/2018
Contact Information
Name: Megan Mann
Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the Colorado State Public Defender's Office**

Full-time entry level investigator position available in the Golden Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender beginning mid-August 2018.   The salary for this position is $4,240 per month.

Department Information:

The mission of the Office of the State Public Defender is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel.  We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate.

We seek to hire professionals who are dedicated to public service and committed to serving our clients.  We are a fast paced, team-oriented, environment where self-motivation and a personal commitment to high performance are important attributes for success.   


The Investigator is an entry-level position.  Individuals in this position develop their investigatory skills through on-the-job training and formal instruction, and apply those skills as a member of defense teams working on misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases.  The primary job duties of an investigator include locating, interviewing and coordinating witnesses; locating and obtaining documents and other information; serving subpoenas; providing insight and recommendations to attorneys on defense strategy, writing reports, preparation of exhibits and testifying at trial.  Investigators travel frequently, including local and overnight travel.  Some cases may require out of state travel.

It’s critical for Investigators to be organized, detail oriented, and be able to work independently and take the initiative.  They also must utilize strong interpersonal skill to be able to effectively interact with colleagues, clients (who may be incarcerated), clients’ families, and other individuals within the criminal justice community. In all aspect of the work they perform, Investigators must demonstrate compassion for our client and a commitment to their representation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, social sciences or other degree directly related to the investigative field.


  • Equivalent education, training or experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform at this level may substitute for education.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Cannot have a criminal history that is incompatible with testifying at trial
  • Possess a current, valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to a working vehicle
  • Must successfully complete core skills training within the first year of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a criminal defense Investigator intern strongly preferred
  • Experience serving an indigent population
  • Experience using multimedia technology
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Outlook applications
  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish)

How to Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter, totaling no more than three pages, to Megan Mann via email only at   All materials must be submitted no later than July 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., as late applications will not be accepted.  Please include specifically why you are interested in this position and working for the Office of the State Public Defender.

            Agency:                      Golden Public Defender

            Attention:                    Megan Mann 


Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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