Staff Investigator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary is consistent with the federal pay scale and will depend on years of experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



300 Cadman Plaza West
16th Floor
New York
United States


The Federal Defenders of New York is a federally funded, independent organization that provides legal representation to indigent individuals who are charged with federal criminal offenses and are facing a loss of liberty.

Major Duties:Investigators work as part of the Federal Defenders team, representing indigent persons in federal criminal cases. A staff investigator independently plans and conducts complete investigations by identifying, locating and interviewing witnesses; analyzing and organizing documents and electronic information; serving subpoenas; providing litigation support inside and outside of the courtroom; and developing sentencing mitigation. Some travel is required. Must be proficient in understanding and analyzing forensic evidence; understanding law enforcement protocols. An investigator presents findings in reports and may be called upon to testify in court

Qualifications Required: A qualified candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a very high level of computer proficiency, and the ability and willingness to evaluate complex facts. Candidates with computer forensic backgrounds are strongly desired.  A demonstrated interest in social justice, civil rights, and/or indigent defense is an important factor to be considered for this type of work. Candidates must either possess a Bachelor’s Degree, or have criminal investigative or law enforcement experience equivalent to a college degree. You must be curious, persistent, concerned about the biases of our criminal justice system, and able to empathize with defendants and their families. You must be willing to submit to the federal background check in order to view classified evidence.

Your cover letter should show your qualifications as follows:

• Your knowledge of the basic principles and techniques of investigating. Please detail your knowledge of criminal defense investigations.

• Your skill in conducting interviews and recognizing, exploring, and exploiting leads.

• Your skill in communicating clearly both orally and in writing.


Excellent benefits. EOE

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

You must submit by e-mail to a complete application package which includes: (1) a cover letter, and (2) a resume. Deadline for applications is November 2, 2018.  No telephone calls please.