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Defending the rights of the accused;
Preserving the rights of us all.

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender
Annual Salary Range: $44,000 plus benefits
Geographic Location: Bartow, Florida
Starting Date: immediately
Summary of Duties: Prepares cases for defense of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses; interviews clients and prospective witnesses; prepares or oversees the drafting of briefs, memoranda, pleadings, and other legal papers; conducts legal research; represents misdemeanor, felony, or juvenile clients in court arraignments, pre-trial hearings, trials, dispositions, and other proceedings; interviews clients in custody and makes initial decisions concerning such things as bail, release from custody, and mental competency to stand trial; determines need for expert witnesses; locates appropriate experts and schedules them for trial if needed; performs related work as required.
Qualifications:
• Experience preferred but not required
• Must be an active member and in good standing with The Florida Bar
• Must be willing to reside in the 10th Circuit within a reasonable time of accepting employment
• Good knowledge of criminal law and procedure
• Good knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation
• Good knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence
• Good knowledge of the pleading and practice of effective presentation of court cases
• Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments
• Ability to appraise and organize facts to present evidence and other material in written and oral form
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other professionals, as well as clients and the general public
• Good skills in conducting legal research and analysis of data
• Good skills in determining proper courses of action and presentation of facts and arguments
• Ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of communication and attention to individual clients.
• Ability to make regularly scheduled court appearances; conduct case evaluation, investigation and preparation including but not limited to witness interviews, legal research, motion preparation, and related work as required; provide qualified and approved substitute counsel when unable to make regularly scheduled court appearances. Occasional unscheduled matters may arise
• Ability to recognize potential conflicts of interest requiring recusal
• Basic computer skills

Position Title: Assistant Public Defender– Appellate Division
Annual Salary Range: Minimum $44,000 commensurate with experience (plus benefits)
Geographic Location: Bartow, Florida
Starting Date: Immediately
Summary of Duties: Represent indigent persons in appellate process; review and analyze client’s
record on appeal; identify errors and issues subject to appeal; research and analyze case law; draft
persuasive briefs and other appellate documents; advocate in appellate courts through oral
arguments; assist trial attorneys in framing and preserving issues for purposes of appeal.
Qualifications:
• Must be an active member and in good standing with The Florida Bar
• Good knowledge of criminal law and procedure
• Good knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research
• Exceptional research, analytical, and writing skills
• Strong computer skills including legal research
• Good knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence
• Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments
• Ability to appraise and organize facts to present evidence and other material in written and
oral form
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships members of the staff and
the appellate courts
• Good skills in determining proper courses of action and presentation of facts and arguments
• Ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of
communication and attention to individual clients.
Submit resume and writing sample

Position Title: Network Engineer
Annual Salary Range: $39,000 to $45,000 based on qualifications plus benefits
Geographic Location: Bartow, Florida
Starting Date: immediately
Summary of Duties:
The Public Defender, 10th Circuit, is looking for a Computer Network Engineer to fill a full time position in Bartow, FL. This person will provide support, training and troubleshooting in a constantly evolving enterprise class networked infrastructure consisting of Workstations, Laptops, Mobile Devices, and Servers running any combination of operating systems (such as Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android OS). Perform beck-end network functions such as granting access to users, creating user groups, resetting passwords, managing shared resources, installing peripherals, configuring security. Must have a strong aptitude and willingness to learn, help identify, and incorporate new technologies as they become relevant to the organization. Works closely with the Director of IT.

Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Support, Installation, and Training on a wide range of applications and products such as:
o Office Applications
o Micro Focus Products (including former Novell and NetIQ applications)
o Windows and Linux OS
o Backup Solution management
o Virus prevention and response
• Work effectively with any required hardware and related software such as:
o Network Switches
o Routers
o Cabling (Ethernet, Fiber, etc.)
o Servers
o Micro Computers (PCs)
o Cameras
o Wireless Controllers

Knowledge & Skills
• Requires knowledge of the techniques and procedures necessary to administer and support an enterprise network environment with Meta-Directories and governance.
• Requires experience with personal computer equipment and a skill set with standard office applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, basic windows components, etc.
• Must be able to install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain all the software applications. Must have strong communication and training skills and be able to communicate technical information to non-technical users.

Education & Experience
• AA/AS degree plus three years relevant experience; OR
• BA/BS degree in computer science or related discipline plus one year relevant experience; OR
• Relevant certification and verifiable experience; OR
• A combination of education and experience that is determined to enable performance of all aspects of the position.

Physical Skills & Abilities
Depending on assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-50 lbs. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information.

If you are interested in working for the Public Defender’s Office, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter to:

Office of the Public Defender
Attn: Tami Locke
PO Box 9000, Drawer PD
Bartow, FL 33831-9000

or telephone to: 863-534-4250
or Fax to: 863-534-4355

or email to pd10email@pd10.org