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Job Details for Mitigation Specialist

Court Name/Organization: Illinois Central Federal Public Defender
Location: Springfield, Urbana, IL
Opening and Closing Dates: 09/03/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: JSP 11 to JSP 14
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Position Description

The Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for the permanent position of Mitigation Specialist supporting attorneys in the Springfield and Urbana divisions. The selected candidate may choose to be stationed in either division. The Federal Public Defender's Office operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act 18 U.S.C. § 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel. 

The Mitigation Specialist is bound by the rules of professional responsibility that govern the conduct of counsel respecting work product, privilege, diligence, and loyalty to the client. The Mitigation Specialist is responsible for developing and analyzing mitigation evidence for court proceedings to aid the court in making decisions regarding pretrial release, trial, and sentencing. In furtherance of these duties the Mitigation Specialist will:


The successful applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of specialized experience. An advanced or graduate degree in Social Work is preferred. Specialized experience includes: conducting ongoing, exhaustive, and independent investigations of every aspect of the client's character, life history, record, and any circumstances of the offense, or other factors, which may provide a basis for a lesser sentence; and maintaining complete and accurate files. Applicants should have a commitment to providing quality representation to indigent defendants and a reputation for personal integrity. A working knowledge of the criminal justice and correctional systems, psychology, and psychological testing are also required. Excellent interviewing and writing skills are essential for the position, as is the ability to locate, obtain, review, analyze, and summarize relevant records. Successful applicants will be able to prioritize projects and work both independently and cooperatively. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.  

Employees of the Federal Public Defender are members of the judicial branch of government and are considered "at will." Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or authorized to work in the United States. The successful candidate will be subject to a general background check as a condition of employment and may be subject to periodic updates. Direct deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and the ability to travel across the Central District of Illinois, as duties involve significant travel.


This full-time position is in the excepted service and offers full federal benefits, including Federal Employees Retirement System, Thrift Savings Plan, health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and paid holidays. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience with a range from JSP (Judiciary Salary Plan) Grade 11, Step 1 to JSP Grade 14, Step 1 (currently $64,649 to $108,885 per annum).

How To Apply

Qualified persons may apply by sending the following, in one PDF document, to:

  1. letter of interest
  2. current and detailed resume
  3. writing sample that has not been edited by others
  4. names and contact information for three work references who may be contacted
  5. completed AO78 application 

An email confirming receipt of the application materials will be sent to all applicants.Only those selected for interviews will receive further communication. 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Costs associated with interviewing and relocation will not be reimbursed. No telephone inquiries please.

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.