Assistant Investigator
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Texas - McAllen

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER for the Southern District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Investigator, to be stationed in the McAllen branch office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.


Requirements. To qualify for the entry level assistant investigator position ( grade 5, step 1), at minimum a person must have a Bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.9 or better of a possible 4.0 and have three years of general experience or may qualify (Grade 9, step 1) with three years of general and two years of specialized (investigative) experience. Personal computer, advanced word-processing skills, and Spanish-language fluency are required; Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.


Responsibilities. Conduct criminal defense investigations and research for assistant federal public defenders at each location. Locate witnesses, communicate with witnesses and clients, analyze fact situations and documents, organize evidence and files, write summaries and reports, take photographs, and assist lawyers in preparation and trial of federal cases. The full Position Qualifications Statements and Position Description is available for inspection in this office.


Selection Criteria. Candidates must possess good communication skills, initiative and capability of working in a high volume, fast paced office. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated work history of dependability, responsibility and the ability to be a team player.


Salary and Benefits. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the applicant, within a range of $33,394 (JSP 05, Step 1) to $ 50,598 (JSP 09, Step 1) per annum. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does include the same benefits as other federal government employees including participation in health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).


How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 19-01) and a résumé to: Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, 440 Louisiana Street, Suite 1350, Houston, Texas 77002-1056, Attn: Marjorie A, Meyers or email in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, determined on a case by case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Laura Dusthimer, Administrative Officer. Position announced March 12, 2019. Open until filled. No phone calls, please.


The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.
Position is subject to the availability of funds.