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Opportunity Title: Administrative Assistant
Location: Steamboat Springs
Department: Colorado State Public Defender
Posted Date: 04/02/2021
Closing Date: 04/18/2021
Contact Information
Name: Erin Biggs
Title: Office Manager
Brief Description

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

The salary for this position is $2,790 per month. 

Agency Statement:

Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) maintains a reputation as one of the top organizations in the nation specializing in the delivery of indigent criminal defense representation. It operates as an independent agency within the Judicial Branch of Colorado State Government with approximately 900 dedicated and zealous individuals assigned to twenty-one Regional Trial Offices across the state, an Appellate Division, and a centralized Administrative Office. 


The mission of OSPD 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. 

Position Purpose and Objectives:

Full time entry-level Administrative Assistant position available in the Steamboat Springs Public Defender’s Office.  Individual must have strong customer service skills and be patient with and supportive of indigent people charged with crimes. Working environment is fast-paced and has a high volume of telephone calls, clientele, and interruptions.  Ability to multitask and work independently is a must.



Performs routine clerical duties of a legal nature following established office procedures.  There is some variety in the performance of assigned work procedures.  Assignments may include a combination of clerical and receptionist functions. Provides routine administrative and clerical support to clients, administrative staff, attorneys and investigators, under the direct supervision of the Office Manager and Supervising and Managing Attorneys.  Successfully participates in training, and consistently acquires experience and expertise in office and court processes, case file management techniques, ethical procedures, and client service principles.



  • Accurate and timely completion and processing of documents and information. 
  • Handle reception area of office in a professional, courteous and compassionate manner. Greet and assist incoming clients, other agency personnel and co-workers.
  • Answer busy telephones in a professional and courteous manner, assisting callers to the best of ability.  This Involves learning a phone system with multiple lines and voice mail, screening calls, taking messages, greeting clients and referring people to the appropriate person and/or agency.
  • Ability to quickly learn and operate current case management database system.   This may include opening, closing and updating client files in the system.
  • Understanding and implementing eligibility guidelines and procedures.  Assisting clients in completing applications for public defender and processing those applications according to state and regional office policy. 
  • Process mail according to office policy. 
  • Understanding of closed file policy and organization of closed file room.  
  • The operation of office equipment such as copiers, fax machines, personal computers or similar keyboards, sorters, printers, etc.
  • Ability to understand and perform “court run” activities.  Includes preparation, sorting and distribution of documents to appropriate personnel and/or agencies.  Requires a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Performing calendaring tasks for attorneys and office as assigned.
  • The ability to multitask successfully is an essential skill for this position.
  • Attends meetings and training as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimal Educational/Professional Qualifications:


  • Graduation from high school or equivalent required. 
  • No prior experience required.
  • Knowledge of standard office computer programs such as word processing, web-based search programs, and basic spreadsheet programs a plus but not required.
  • Bilingual ability in English and Spanish helpful.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk; sit; use hands and fingers and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



It is frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Occasionally, handles emergency or crisis situations. 


How to Apply:

Submit résumé and cover letter via e-mail outlining reasons for applying with the Public Defender’s Office to:             

              Agency:                      Steamboat Springs Public Defender’s Office

            Attention:                    Erin Biggs, Office Manager



Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each submission. We will notify you by phone and/or e-mail if you are selected for an interview.



For a summary of employee benefits (health, dental, life and disability) please visit: Other benefits include retirement plan options through Colorado PERA, ten paid holidays a year, and paid-time-off for personal and sick leave.

Additional information about the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender can be found at:          


The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or other protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Consistent with this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including the application and selection process. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact Laura Darrow at,  

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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