Assistant Chief

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Job location
1441 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Street address: 
1441 Sansom Street
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Defender Association of Philadelphia seeks an experienced attorney to become a leader in our Major Trial Unit as Assistant Chief. The Assistant Chief is responsible for assisting the Chief in the day to day management and operation of all aspects of the Unit. The Assistant Chief will help implement the Major Trial Unit’s vision of best practices for legal representation for Major Trials, SMART rooms, the Jury Demand Program, and any other assignments housed within the Major Trial Unit. The Assistant Chief will assist in providing direct supervision and support to all of the Major Trial Unit staff. The Assistant Chief will provide hands-on supervision and training to attorneys in the Jury Demand program. The Assistant Chief must understand the roles and responsibilities of all staff and be able to identify staffing needs and manage resources. The role will foster a work environment that is conducive to the teamwork approach.

Benefits & Perks
• Generous and rich benefits plan with many employer paid benefits
• Substantial paid time off- over 35 paid time off days and all federal holidays off
• 401(b) Employer Match
• Meaningful Work
• Wellness benefits
• Growth Opportunities
• Ongoing Training and Development of You

Who is the Defender Association?
The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We’re the community’s lawyers. The Defender team – more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff – make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Come join our team! For more information, go to Adult Trial Practice and follow us @PhillyDefenders (Twitter, IG, Tiktok) and on LinkedIn.


• Juris Doctorate Degree required; Admission to PA Bar and be in good standing with ABA
• 5 years of public defender or criminal defense experience, preferred
• Jury trial experience required
• Experience managing attorneys, establishing teams & facilitating goals and accomplishments utilizing a collaborative and inclusive approach is preferred
• Must possess the ability to effectively communicate with diverse groups, including the FJD and other stakeholders, and perform public speaking and public relations engagements as needed
• Be able to travel to local courtrooms and other community placements
• Requires full Covid vaccination or approval exemption request

To apply: 

To Apply:
Please complete online application via our website with cover letter.

The Defender Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Defender Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Salary range: 
Based on experience
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2023