STATE OF OHIO
Senior Assistant Public Defender 1 (Legal)
*Please note: this is a re-opened position, previous applicants need not reapply.
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is seeking an organized, dedicated and mission-driven leader to serve as the Director of the Athens County Public Defender Office. The Athens County Office is a trial-level office with four attorneys, four administrative professionals, and one social worker. The team handles almost all juvenile delinquency, misdemeanors, and felonies in Athens County. The County Director will be responsible for the planning and strategic direction of the office. The position maintains communication and connection with the central Ohio Public Defender's office in Columbus, directly supervises five staff members, and will carry an independent case load.
Essential duties of this position, which is classified as a Senior Assistant Public Defender 1, include but are not limited to:
About the Office of the Ohio Public Defender
The OPD is the state agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
OPD Mission: Advocating. Fighting. Helping.
OPD Vision: A Fair Justice System.
OPD Values: Compassion. Dignity. Equity. Integrity. Service. Community.
OPD Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients, and Ohio's diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people.
Benefits of joining the State of Ohio team:
The Office of the Ohio Public Defender complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Tamra Meister, ADA Coordinator, at 614-466-5394 or HumanResources@opd.ohio.gov.
Admission to Ohio Bar pursuant to Section 4705.01; licensed to practice law for minimum of 5 years; 5 years criminal law experience which included preparing, trying & arguing murder, & first degree felony cases.
Note: Temporary Certification for Practice in Legal Services, Public Defender, and Law School Programs may be accepted in lieu of License to practice law in State of Ohio pursuant to Gov. Bar R. IX of the Supreme Court of Ohio.