360 East 161st Street
The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic individual with a commitment to social justice to join our staff as an Investigator.
BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic staff.
Our diverse staff of over 300 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.
Each year, we defend 27,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve, and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.
Role & Responsibilities
Investigators work alongside attorneys and advocates to defend Bronx residents accused of crimes. Broadly speaking, investigators locate evidence that will assist in our clients’ defense in court. Rather than in the office, the majority of an investigator's work is carried out in the field: at private homes, on the street, and throughout the Bronx community. Investigators may also be asked to interview individuals incarcerated at New York City and/or New York State correctional facilities.
- Locating, interviewing, and taking detailed statements from prosecution witnesses accusing our clients of committing a crime
- Locating favorable defense witnesses
- Performing Department of Motor Vehicles, public record, and criminal background record investigations
- Gathering time-sensitive video surveillance/footage, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, and drafting memoranda detailing investigative efforts and results
- Communicating effectively with attorneys and advocates to devise comprehensive investigative strategies
- Assisting attorneys with case development
- Occasionally testifying in court proceedings
- An Associate's Degree, at a minimum, is required
- Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
- A demonstrable interest in, and commitment to, social and criminal justice issues
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Stellar interpersonal skills--in particular, the ability to connect and build rapport with reluctant parties
- Capacity to multitask and effectively prioritize in a fast-paced environment
- Aptitude for, and comfort with, navigating the Bronx community, conducting in-home interviews, and visiting crime scenes
- Exceptional resourcefulness and persistence in obtaining necessary evidence
- A valid driver's license, or the ability to obtain one
- Willingness to be flexible and availability to occasionally work evenings or weekends, as investigators' schedules often fluctuate based on the availability of witnesses.
- *Spanish proficiency strongly preferred, but not required
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest, click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload both your resume and cover letter in a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, July 20, 2018; those interested are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please contact Elena Arons, Investigator Supervisor, via email at email@example.com with any questions regarding the position.
Please do not email your resume or cover letter--all applications must be submitted according to the instructions above.
The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.