Position Summary

The Marion County Public Defender Agency provides legal representation for Marion County citizens who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer in matters involving liberty interests, including criminal cases. Our services are provided as a public service. We work with the felony, misdemeanor, Title IV D, civil commitment, and juvenile courts. We also work on cases related to termination of parental rights as well as appeals. Our agency also offers education, services, and programs focused on different ways to serve jail sentences. The agency is able to do this by cultivating a productive, collaborative, and compliant work environment in order for our workforce to meet the needs of the constituents of Indianapolis and Marion County.

The Public Defender Early Intervention Team will consist of one attorney and one case manager. The team will focus solely on youth and families at the front end of the juvenile justice system with the goal of achieving better outcomes, including less cases proceeding through formal court processing and a decreased use of secure detention. By focusing their entire effort on the front end of the system, the attorney and case manager on the Early Intervention Team would not have to balance this important work with other caseload demands. Instead, they would approach each case, child and family with the full attention and resources they need and deserve at this critical time.

All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We value diversity in perspectives and experiences among colleagues and the residents of this city of whom we serve.

Position Responsibilities

  • Meet with all youth and families prior to the initial and detention hearings to conduct intake interviews to identify the youth and family’s needs and existing supports.
  • Work with families to prepare a detailed community supervision plan for presentation to the court at the initial or detention hearing.
  • Make community-based referrals to prepare a viable plan to cease formal court processing and/or release the youth from secure detention.
  • Meetings will take place in-person, by phone or virtually.
  • Work with families of youth to explore alternatives to formal court processing and secure detention that further the youth client and family’s goals.
  • Maintain confidentiality when working with the child’s family while being mindful that the family’s wishes may not align with the youth client’s expressed interest.
  • If the court decides the case as an informal adjustment, continue to work with the youth and family assisting with community-based resources. Act as intermediary with system stakeholders including the prosecutor and probation officer and provide support, guidance and advocacy so the case can be permanently diverted from formal court processing.
  • Provide ongoing representation of youth when cases are approved for filing and proceed beyond the initial detention hearing aimed at reducing the youth’s further involvement in the juvenile justice by providing alternatives.
  • Assist with data collection and reporting as requested by the Indiana Public Defender Commission.

Qualifications

Associate degree in Criminal Justice or a related field with two (2) years of experience in the criminal justice system or two (2) years of experience working with youth and families involved with the justice system. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is required, in the absence of a degree. Ability to effectively investigate, interview, and work with clients to assure proper completion of all court ordered or agency requirements. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with participants and their supporters as well as members of the criminal justice system in a courteous manner. Ability to maintain accurate and complete statistical and client records. Ability to comprehend and correctly use a variety of informational documents including criminal records, psychological, medical reports, and other reports and records. Ability to handle a degree of stress as a result of working with what may be difficult clients and the ability to utilize emotional intelligence when dealing with people of all backgrounds. Deliver information effectively and decisively. Must be 21 years of age. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office.

Preferred Job Requirements and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field. Ability to effectively investigate, interview, and work with clients to assure proper completion of all court ordered or agency requirements. Must be 21 years of age. Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office.

All rates are bi-weekly.

Anthem CDHP High

Single: $32.39 EE + Spouse: $77.23 EE + Child(ren): $56.38 Family: $104.61

Anthem CDHP Medium

Single: $49.48 EE + Spouse: $117.99 EE + Child(ren): $86.13 Family: $159.83

Anthem CDHP Low

Single: $65.75 EE + Spouse: $156.79 EE + Child(ren): $114.45 Family: $212.39

Delta Dental High

Single: $13.90 EE + Spouse: $29.59 EE + Child(ren): $33.15 Family: $52.66

Delta Dental Low

Single: $8.02 EE + Spouse: $15.94 EE + Child(ren): $21.57 Family: $33.15

ANTHEM Vision Plan

Single: $2.85 EE + Spouse: $5.16 EE + Child(ren): $5.53 Family: $8.38

Life Insurance Employee Only (rates per $1,000 per month):

Basic: No Cost

Optional Life Insurance Employee Only (rates per $1,000 per month)

Additional:

25-29 $0.053

30-34 $0.075

35-39 $0.090

40-44 $0.120

45-49 $0.203

50-54 $0.330

55-59 $0.545

60-64 $0.723

65-69 $1.208

70 + $1.867

IMPORTANT PERF UPDATE:

*For more information on eligibility options, refer to Proposal 21-288 https://bit.ly/3exq8yR

1. All employees hired/rehired after to 1/1/2022 have a choice to select the PERF Hybrid plan (3% + Pension) or the INPRS My Choice: Retirement Savings plan (3% + 1% Contribution). The Hybrid plan consists of two components:

Annuity Savings Account (ASA) -This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Pension – The pension portion of the retirement benefit is funded by contributions made by the employer over the course of the employee’s career and separate from the annuity savings account. Employees enrolled in the PERF Hybrid plan are eligible for retirement benefits at age sixty-five (65) if they have ten (10) or more years of creditable service. After June 30, 1995, employees may retire at age sixty (60) with at least fifteen (15) years of credible service or if the member’s age in years plus the years of credible service equals at least 85 and the member is at least fifty-five (55) years of age. With fifteen (15) or more years of creditable service, the employee may retire as early as age fifty (50) with a reduced pension.

2. Employees hired/rehired by the City and County between 1/1/2017 and 12/31/2021 will be automatically enrolled in the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan. This plan is an annuity savings account (ASA) only plan and does not have a pension component. Any service that an employee has in the My Choice: Retirement Savings Plan will not count toward the service time requirements for pension eligibility in the Hybrid Plan.

With the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings Plan, the ASA is split up into two parts:

Part one – This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Part two – This consists of an additional variable rate contribution paid by the City toward your ASA. This variable rate contribution is currently 1% of your gross wages. Vesting in the value of the variable rate employer contribution will vary by length of participation. You are:

  • 20 percent vested after 1 full year of participation
  • 40 percent vested after 2 full years of participation
  • 60 percent vested after 3 full years of participation
  • 80 percent vested after 4 full years of participation
  • 100 percent vested after 5 full years of participation

3. All employees hired/rehired prior to 1/1/2017 are grandfathered into PERF Hybrid plan. The Hybrid plan consists of two components:

Annuity Savings Account (ASA) -This consists of the mandatory employee contribution of three (3%) percent of compensation (made for the employee by the City), plus interest credits or earnings. You’re always vested in your ASA portion – it’s always yours.

Pension – The pension portion of the retirement benefit is funded by contributions made by the employer over the course of the employee’s career and separate from the annuity savings account. Employees enrolled in the PERF Hybrid plan are eligible for retirement benefits at age sixty-five (65) if they have ten (10) or more years of creditable service. After June 30, 1995, employees may retire at age sixty (60) with at least fifteen (15) years of credible service or if the member’s age in years plus the years of credible service equals at least 85 and the member is at least fifty-five (55) years of age. With fifteen (15) or more years of creditable service, the employee may retire as early as age fifty (50) with a reduced pension.

4. City Employees hired/rehired between 1/1/2017 and 12/31/21 that are members of the City AFSCME labor union can choose to enroll in either the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan or the PERF Hybrid plan. Both plans are described above. Employees have 60 days to choose which option they want, and by state law this cannot be changed. If no choice is made, the employee will then be automatically added to the PERF My Choice: Retirement Savings plan.

The Indiana General Assembly has enacted a provision that allows public employees to make voluntary contributions in addition to the mandatory three percent (3%) contributions. Employees may contribute up to an additional ten- percent (10%) of their compensation per pay period to the annuity savings account. This means that the maximum level of contributions to the annuity savings account under this new provision is thirteen percent (13%) of an employee’s compensation per pay period.

Employees who separate from the city within their first ten (10) years of employment need to contact INPRS – PERF regarding their ASA account.

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