Investigator - DENVER, CO



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The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks a full-time investigator to join our Colorado office. The investigator provides investigative and litigation support to staff attorneys representing persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have at least eight years of investigative criminal defense experience and substantial experience managing, indexing, and analyzing cases with large digital discovery. This position requires a strong and established work ethic, including the ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines, a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense, a team-oriented professional demeanor, and a reputation for personal integrity. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential to this work. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred but not required.

Requirements: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a comprehensive knowledge of criminal defense investigative principles and techniques, and a working knowledge of criminal procedure and evidence. Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience in the following areas: (1) progressively responsible investigative duties; (2) locating and interviewing witnesses; (3) report writing; (4) collection and analysis of records of all kinds; (5) service of subpoenas; (6) use of computer software including: analytic software, use of ESI platforms, optical character recognition, and Adobe Acrobat; and (7) use of demonstrative media tools, such as Trial Director and PowerPoint. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. This position requires extensive driving. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle, and appropriate motor vehicle insurance.

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

Application Instructions: Qualified individuals should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and an investigative writing sample, authored entirely by you, via email to Kim Bechard, Administrative Officer, at Subject Reference: Investigator Position – COLORADO.

No phone calls please. 

Interviews will be conducted by secure video conferencing. All positions are subject to the availability of funds. Posted May 26, 2020––open until filled.


The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.


Selection for this position is contingent on proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to
receive compensation. Even if a noncitizen is authorized to work in the United States under the immigration laws, this agency may not use appropriated funds to pay compensation to a noncitizen employee in the continental United States unless he or she falls within one of the following categories of exceptions:

  • Persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence who are seeking citizenship or are willing to seek citizenship when eligible.
  • Persons admitted as refugees under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 who have filed a declaration of intention to become lawful permanent residents and then citizens when eligible.
  • Persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States (for example, natives of American Samoa and Swains Island).
  • Persons who were officers or employees of the U.S. Government on December 16, 2009.

    For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at .