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Mitigation Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ | Full Time

Job Description

About the Position

The Office of the Legal Defender is searching for a motivated leader to play a vital role on the defense team through research and investigation into the backgrounds and mental health symptoms of our clients. 


As the Mitigation Supervisor, you will work with attorneys to develop and present mitigating evidence in death penalty cases. You will also offer guidance and supervision to Capital Mitigation Specialists, Mitigation Specialists, and Client Services Assistants. 


About the Office of the Legal Defender

The Office of the Legal Defender consists of attorneys and support staff helping to provide quality legal representation to indigent individuals assigned to us by the court, thus safeguarding the fundamental legal rights of each member of the community.


If you would like to seek just and equitable treatment for our clients, apply today, and join our team!


We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.



  • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Counseling, or closely related field 



  • Five years of relevant casework experience that includes identification of mental health symptoms, exposure to trauma, physical/neurological defects, and/or drug/alcohol use   


  • Postgraduate degrees or professional level-related experience may substitute for the education experience on a year-for-year basis.


Our Preferred Candidate has

  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working in a criminal defense environment
  • Actively participated in a capital trial from start to finish as a capital mitigation specialist

The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position. 

  • Supervises and manages the performance of assigned staff including scheduling, coordination of leave, mentoring, and resolving problems within the group; balances workloads and audits work product for accuracy and completeness
  • Prepares performance plans, evaluates performance, and handles disciplinary matters
  • Hires, trains, and facilitates development efforts and ongoing training opportunities for staff
  • Monitors mitigation development in all cases and provides guidance to staff to ensure complete and timely mitigation investigations
  • Develops comprehensive mitigation themes and mitigation presentations in conjunction with Capital Mitigation Specialists
  • Maintains an active caseload
  • Identifies signs and symptoms of mental and behavioral impairments, cultural impacts on behavior, and substance use disorders and trauma exposure
  • Performs culturally competent interviews that produce relevant and reliable information

Working Conditions 

The job requires the ability to work with traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.) You will work in an environment with frequent interruptions, time pressures, high volumes of work, handling multiple, complicated, unscheduled, and frequently changing tasks, accuracy, decision making, concentration/vigilance, teamwork, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, and overtime may be a common occurrence. You may be required to lift 15-25 pounds from floor to waist; 15 pounds waist to shoulder or shoulder to overhead; carry 15-25 pounds 100 feet or push/pull 100 pounds 1000 feet. Work requires travel to and from job-related locations during a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters PHOENIX, AZ
  • Size 15,000 - 50,000
  • Founded 1871
  • Type
  • Revenue <$5M
  • Industry All Industries
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