Paralegal

Federal Public Defender District of Kansas   Wichita, KS   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on March 27, 2024

Kansas Federal Public Defender 

Position Announcement 

Full-time Paralegal, Wichita 

Posted March 22, 2024 

Deadline: April 22, 2024 (or until filled) 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and dignity are central to our work. We hire without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual  orientation, gender identity or expression, age, height, weight, veteran status, military obligations, or marital or parental status. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in any personnel decisions or employee interactions. 

About Us. We work to keep people out of prison through holistic representation, collaboration, and education. Our clients  are people accused of federal crimes who cannot afford private lawyers. We protect their rights and center their humanity  at every stage of the criminal case and beyond. We value hard work, diversity, teamwork, creativity, flexibility, and fairness. 

The Job. We are looking for a paralegal to be responsible for all  aspects of case preparation and file management; draft plead ings and correspondence; manage and organize discovery; cal endar; collect and organize records; and any other duties re quired to assist the attorneys. Knowledge of the criminal justice  system and client confidentiality issues is required. Advanced  computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Word, Mi crosoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat, and excellent written and oral  communication skills are necessary. Candidate must be highly  motivated and detail oriented. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.  Commitment to indigent defense is required. 

You must: 

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate Residency requirements can be found here
  • Be committed to our mission and work well in a team  environment 
  • Be committed to client confidentiality 
  • Be comfortable working with a diverse set of clients and  their families 

You should: 

  • Demonstrate cultural competency and have experience or  interest in working with marginalized communities 
  • Have strong writing skills 
  • Have strong computer and technological skills 

Salary & Benefits. The salary ranges from $70,000– $135,000, depending primarily on experience. The FPD  also offers generous benefits: 

  • 11 paid holidays, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s  birthday and Juneteenth 
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness if qualified Federal Employees Retirement System 
  • Thrift Savings Plan – up to 5% Employer Match Health (100+ options)  
  • Dental (16 options) 
  • Vision (10 options) 
  • Life Insurance (basic, standard, additional, family) Flex Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Benefit Program 
  • Long Term & Short Term Disability 
  • Long Term Care 
  • Transportation Subsidy 
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential counseling  and assistance) 
  • WorkLife4You (living well) 
  • Sick Leave 
  • Annual Leave 
  • Nationwide leave transfer program 
  • Worker’s Comp 
  • Disability Retirement 
  • Family and Medical Leave 
  • 12-weeks paid parental leave 
  • Bring your infant to work (up to 6 months) Education and training 
  • Awards (cash, time-off) 

Apply. Send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in a single pdf document to ksfpd@fd.org.  Preference will be given to applications received by April 22, 2024. We may fill current and future positions from this  position announcement. This is an in-office position located in Wichita, KS, and is subject to funding. No phone calls, please.