Mitigation Specialist


Date: Open until filled.

The Coles County Public Defender is accepting applications for the part-time position of Mitigation Specialist. The position is ideal for someone who is retired and/or interested in supplementing income.

Duties: 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:

  • Assist attorneys in investigating, analyzing, developing, and presenting mitigation evidence.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients, their family members, local social service providers, pretrial service and probation officers, and other entities to support both the client and attorney.
  • Interview clients and relevant persons in a culturally competent manner.
  • Locate and conduct witness interviews to discover information to assist the attorney in advocating for pretrial release, and develop all mitigating circumstances in the client's life to assist at trial or sentencing.
  • Obtain necessary client signatures and ensure all release forms are current and timely.
  • Gather, investigate, validate, and report to attorney all aspects of client's life history obtained from multiple sources including vital records, social services records, educational records, employment and personnel records, military records, medical/health records, arrest reports, institutional records, community records, and interviews with persons relevant to the client.
  • Determine what experts might be consulted and potentially retained to evaluate the client for substance abuse or mental illness.
  • Facilitate client's entry into treatment, housing, educational or vocational programs.
  • Maintain sufficient knowledge of current research and trends in areas such as substance abuse, mental health, and effects of incarceration.
  • Assist the attorney in court where requested, including preparing sentencing presentations and testifying.

Requirements and Qualifications: Applicants must be United States Citizens or authorized to work in the United States. The successful applicant should have a bachelor's degree and/or a minimum of two years specialized experience. Specialized experience includes: conducting ongoing, exhaustive, and independent investigations of every aspect of a 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 preferred. 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. Prior work as a social worker is helpful but not required. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and the ability to travel as duties could involve travel.

Salary and Benefits: This is a part-time position paying $25.00 an hour with an average of 20 hours per week. No benefits are offered for this position. This will be a work-from-home position with some time in the office. This position is made available through funding provided by the Public Defender Fund which is appropriated through the State of Illinois. There is no guarantee at this time regarding continued funding.

Application Information: 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

Application Process
To apply mail, email, resume to:
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2024
Contact: Duane Deters
Address: 616 6th St
Charleston, IL 61920

Coles County is an equal employment opportunity employer.
Applicants will be considered without discrimination for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or familial status, disability, or political affiliation.