Staff Investigator

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Job location
1515 Market Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Street address: 
1515 Market Street, Suite 300
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Position Description: 

PIP Mission: The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is an innocence effort dedicated to exonerating those who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, and preventing innocent people from being convicted.

Position Overview: The Staff Investigator is responsible for conducting and overseeing all investigations at various stages during the review and litigation process. The position will be available starting in August, 2016. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Specific Responsibilities:
1. Investigation: Create Investigative Logs which document all investigative actions. Locate and interview witnesses, family members, prior counsel, and/or anyone associated with the case. Memorialize all communications and interviews. Keep clients and potential clients informed of investigation progress via writing and face-to-face meetings.

2. Volunteer/Student Involvement: Assist students with questions about their cases and/or writing their reports. Review and edit investigative reports written by clinical and volunteer students/attorneys. Assist staff attorney with student cases assignments. Must be willing to mentor students who are interest in learning investigative techniques.

3. Litigation: Assist staff attorney and legal director with hearings (review filings, prep witnesses, serve subpoenas, provide transportation to witnesses, and attend hearings). Must be willing to sign affidavits/certifications to support court filings and testify if necessary.


1. Minimum 1 year of investigation experience required, preferably in defense investigations.
2. BA/BS preferred.
3. Must be willing to travel throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states (including prisons).
4. Must have a reliable car.
5. Must pass a thorough criminal background check.
6. Background in forensics, criminal justice, and/or social work preferred.
7. Notary Public and Spanish speaking candidates a plus.

To apply: 

Applications: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, addressed to Richard Glazer, Executive Director. Electronic mail with documents in PDF format is preferred – [email protected]. U.S. mail address is The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Equal Opportunity Employer