Director of Training and Professional Development

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Job location
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Georgia Public Defender Council
Street address: 
104 Marietta Street, Suite 400
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The GPDC Training Director is responsible for effective development, implementation, coordination, and presentation of training programs for all agency employees. Responsibilities include system-wide employee development planning, program design, and implementation of in-house and web-based training, trainer selection and development, maintenance and oversight of training library resources, planning and monitoring of training budget, and supervision of training staff. This position requires a commitment to ensuring the professional development of well-trained attorneys, administrators, and investigators to provide effective representation to indigent defendants. Position reports to the Deputy Director.

The Training Director shall administer the training program to include:
• assessing the training needs of all GPDC staff and developing a long-term training plan;
• designing all training agendas;
• recruiting and coordinating faculty;
• developing, creating or coordinating all substantive training materials;
• pursuing grant funding, scholarships, donations, in-kind donations and other resources to accomplish training mission;
• serving as the liaison between the central administrative office, Circuit Defenders, and potential training participants with respect to all training initiatives;
• working with Circuit Public Defenders and other potential partners to develop and conduct in-house or regional training sessions on a demand and needs based system at little to no cost;
• ensuring that all staff in agency offices throughout the state are notified of pertinent training opportunities;
• facilitating all necessary travel and reimbursement arrangements for faculty members of various training events;
• securing and negotiating contracts with facilities for training events including lodging and meals when necessary;
• collecting training materials and organizing them in a computer database;
• designing and maintaining an evaluation system to help determine the effectiveness of various training programs;
• creating and maintaining a database of all employees and the trainings they have attended;
• working with the State Bar to ensure that appropriate CLE credits are provided to training participants; and
• managing the Agency’s Transition into Law Practice Program (TILPP) to maintain compliance with State Bar requirements.


Entry Qualifications
Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university AND licensed to practice law in Georgia AND two years of related legal experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Must be an experienced criminal defense attorney committed to effective indigent defense; possess previous teaching or training experience; display proven ability to lead by example and foster mentoring relationships; and have excellent organizational skills.

To apply: 

Interested applicants must send a resume, cover letter explaining your interest in this position and indigent defense, three references, and a Georgia Employment Application to [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Monday, May 22, 2017