Public Defender – Investigator

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Job Opening: Investigator
Department: Office of the Public Defender
Opening Date: April 12, 2021
Closing Date: open until filled
Pay Rate: $21.98 per hour
Shift: Office hours 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, additional hours as necessary


The Delaware County Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to the individuals facing a loss of freedom in the criminal, delinquency and mental health systems in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The office employs over roughly 70 attorneys and staff to provide zealous advocacy for our clients. The office represents several thousand clients each year in the District Justice Courts, the Court of Common Pleas and the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania.

Essential Duties

Under the general oversight of the Public Defender, First Assistant and relevant unit chief, an Investigator is responsible for working at the direction of the Defender legal team in criminal, delinquency and mental health proceedings to find relevant facts concerning those proceedings including, but not limited to:

Locates and interviews witnesses, victims and clients in a timely manner

Delivers subpoenas to witnesses in a timely manner

As directed by the attorney, conducts surveillance of both stationary and mobile subjects in a covert manner

Prepares professional photographs, diagrams, maps and trial exhibits to facilitate improved understanding of a case

Testifies in court concerning findings of investigations

Develops leads and sources of information.

Performs assigned investigations and updates case management software in a timely manner

Participates in case review meetings and maintaining frequent contact with attorneys regarding case activity

Obtains, analyzes and disseminates pertinent records including court, medical, military, criminal, and psychological

Reviews presentence reports, prepares appropriate support documents

Maintains availability to other staff members for consultation and education; participates in training programs

Completes special projects and other duties as assigned


Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with a variety of people from divergent backgrounds in order to gain information helpful to the client

Ability to deal effectively with people of widely divergent backgrounds, within and outside the office, and to relate empathetically to clients and their special needs

Utilize services of interpreters as necessary to communicate with clients, witnesses and other persons related to the case

Maintain confidentiality with highly sensitive information

Ability to operate technology to search and retrieve information

Ability to learn quickly and function efficiently under stressful and distracting conditions

Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently

Work independently as well as cooperatively in a legal services team atmosphere

Demonstrated commitment to public service

A strong work ethic and ability to manage a demanding workload

Strong communication and relationship-building skills

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or related filed preferred

Spanish fluency preferred

Residence Requirement: The County of Delaware has a residency requirement for employees. Anyone applying for this job must reside in Delaware County or be willing to move to the County within six months of starting employment.


Please email resume and/or application to County of Delaware Personnel Department at

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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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