CJA Panel Admin - DENVER, CO

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The Colorado office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks an administrator to join its Criminal Justice Act panel management program. The Office of the Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to represent individuals who are unable to afford counsel and are prosecuted in our federal courts. Our office is committed to serving the distinct needs of these individuals  with a diverse group of dedicated professionals who collaborate with, listen to, and advocate on behalf of one another regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, age, veteran status and other status protected by law.

Job Description and Duties:  The Panel Administrator will provide support to the CJA Panel Supervisory Attorney by assisting as liaison to over 100 panel attorneys, their experts, other vendors, and the courts. Primary responsibilities will include the administration of the eVoucher billing and payment program, its reporting functions, and upkeep of user profiles and tax identification information. As directed by the CJA Supervisory Attorney, the administrator will collect and report on criminal case filing data and perform other duties as assigned. This position also supports the FPD Training Director, to include organization, accreditation, and presentation of continuing legal education programs.

Requirements and Qualifications: Applicants must have 1) an established working knowledge of Office 365, specifically, Excel and PowerPoint; 2) proficiency with law office billing, CM/ECF, PACER, and electronic case filing; and 3) knowledge of data management and automation systems. The successful candidate must have a reputation for a positive work ethic, personal and professional integrity, and the ability to work well with others. Strong customer service skills and adherence to confidentiality standards are essential.

Applicants must have: 1) a high school degree or equivalent, however, a bachelor’s degree is preferred; 2) three years of general office experience, preferably in a legal environment, and 3) three years of relevant specialized experience, such as working with CJA panel attorneys, the federal district courts, law firm billing, presentation of legal training, or data management.

Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check, and an IRS background check.

Salary and Benefits: This is an “Excepted Appointment” full-time position with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications of the selected applicant, ranging from JSP Grade 11, Step 1 ($70,883)  to Grade 13, Step 1 ($101,028). Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit.

How to Apply: Apply via email by submitting a cover letter and resume to: Kim W. Bechard, Administrative Officer, at employment@cofpd.org. No phone calls please.

Posted on May 21, 2021, and open until filled. Preference is given to applications received by June 18, 2021.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.