Deputy Director

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Job location
816 W. Bannock Street
Suite 201
Boise, ID 83702
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Idaho State Public Defense Commission
Street address: 
816 W. Bannock Street, Suite 201
Job type: 
Position Description: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director performs a wide variety of administrative and support functions that enable the State Public Defense Commission to function effectively. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to supervise and manage the day-to-day operations of the Commission. The ideal candidate has a strong commitment and passion for criminal justice.

o Support and work in partnership with the Executive Director to implement key strategies and initiatives to achieve Commission goals and objectives
o Work together with the Executive Director and the Commission to promulgate rules related to the power and duties of the Commission provided by Idaho Code
o Draft and review key internal and external communications materials
o Assists the Executive Director in the preparation and monitoring of an annual budget as directed by the Commission
o Assists the Executive Director with the planning, coordination and execution of public defender continuing legal education programs
o Assists the Executive Director in the preparation of informational presentations for various stakeholders
o Work together with the District Liaisons to assist with the oversight, implementation, enforcement and modification of indigent defense standards
o Assist in providing content for the Commission website
o Perform all other duties assigned by the Executive Director or the Commission


Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree, public administration, public policy or related field preferred. Preference may be given to candidates that either possess a Law Degree, a Post-Graduate degree in public administration or related field, or have 5-years post-graduate experience in a professional environment.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Ability to work with a team
• Flexibility, resilience, and ability to handle demanding situations well in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
• Computer literacy, including but not limited to, the use of Microsoft Office Applications, databases or case management systems, and the Internet. Effective English usage including: spelling, proofreading, punctuation and grammar;
• Candidates must be able to prioritize multiple work assignments, meet deadlines and work under pressure;
• Familiarity with the legislative process and how research, communications and outreach work together to shape public policy.

Preference may be given to Candidates who have:

• Knowledge of Idaho’s criminal court system, legal terminology, procedures and legal ethics;
• Experience working as a public defender, a public servant, or for a non-profit organization;
• Experience with the executive agency legislation process and the rules of the Idaho Senate and House of Representatives;
• Experience with public sector budgeting processes and creating innovative solutions to manage public sector budget challenges;
• Experience and familiarity with the negotiated rulemaking process and drafting administrative rules and regulations;
• Experience with the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act;
• Knowledge of public defense standards promulgated by national and state organizations;
• Some travel is required.

To apply: 

Applicants interested in this position must submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) at least three professional references. The required application materials must be received no later than Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:00pm MST. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please direct all application materials to:

Kimberly Simmons
Executive Director
Idaho State Public Defense Commission
816 W. Bannock Street, Ste. 201
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 332-1735
[email protected]
(E-mail submissions are preferred. Word or PDF format only.)

Equal Opportunity Employer This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.
Salary range: 
$56,000 - $62,500
Submission deadline: 
Monday, July 11, 2016