Social Worker

$5,431.00 - $6,912.00 (monthly)
  • Full Time

    06/23/2024 (11:59 PM Mountain)

    Department Information

    Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) maintains a reputation as one of the top organizations in the nation specializing in the delivery of indigent criminal defense. We operate as an independent agency within the Judicial Branch of Colorado State Government with over 1,200 dedicated employees assigned to twenty-one Regional Trial Offices, a centralized Appellate Division, and a centralized Administrative Office. The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate.

    We seek to hire professionals who are dedicated to furthering our mission and demonstrate compassion in their service to our clients. We are a fast paced, team-oriented environment, where self-motivation and a personal commitment to high performance are important attributes for success.

    Description of Job

    How to Apply

    Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Andrea Landaverry, HR Generalist at by Sunday, June 23, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time).

    Your credentials should address how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position; and, your cover letter should highlight your interest in this position and working for the Office of the State Public Defender.

    **Please indicate which location(s) you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.**

    Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each submission. We will notify you by phone and/or e-mail if you are selected for an interview.

    Position Purpose and Objectives/Definition of Work

    We are recruiting to fill two vacant Licensed Social Worker position working with clients charged with criminal offenses. Assigned to our Colorado Springs Trial Office.
    The Licensed Social Worker is the first level within the social worker series wherein employees are oriented to the role of mitigation, case management release planning, and forensic social work in a criminal public defense system; apply relevant techniques, methods and/or theories of the profession within that role; and, learn to apply their social work practice within the policies, procedures, rules and regulations specific to the Colorado State Public Defender.  Public Defender Social Workers serve as part of the defense team, and as such, are bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct including rules regarding the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality. Social Workers perform duties and assume responsibility for case assignments under the specific direction, instruction and guidance of a defense attorney.

    Typical duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    (Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.)

    • Conduct assessments and compile psychosocial histories to develop recommendations concerning pretrial release, detention, case preparation, alternative placements, treatment options, conditions of probation or diversion, and sentencing and post-sentencing options, as appropriate.
    • Conduct assessments to identify physical or mental health issues, substance abuse or other patterns potentially influencing the client’s development, personality or behavior. Document and interpret symptoms of mental and behavioral impairment to assist the defense in developing case strategies.
    • Collect social and family histories through interviews and document review, including highly sensitive and confidential information. Identify psychosocial influences and patterns in the client’s development and behavior including, but not limited to, socio/cultural/economic status and behavioral health issues.
    • Assist in obtaining and reviewing relevant records, evaluations or reports; and, analyze the significance of information relevant to the client’s circumstances and case. Where appropriate, assist the defense team in documenting and organizing digital and physical files of information collected.
    • Assist the defense team in identifying medical or mental health experts to further examine, evaluate and testify regarding the client’s physical or mental health issues. Assist in interpreting evaluation findings.
    • Serve as a collaborative member of the defense team: Consult with attorneys on the appropriate approach to the case; maintain regular and timely communications with the team; provide support to the client; and, identify and advocate for appropriate options for the client.
    • Participate in pretrial and sentencing hearings, prepare reports, and provide additional support as requested by the defense attorney.
    • Keep current on statewide resources available and relevant to client needs such as, treatment programs and alternative placements. Conduct research necessary to ensure resources are current.
    • Attend multi-agency and multi-disciplinary staffing meetings regarding the client.
    • May supervise and mentor student interns enrolled in a graduate-level social work education program.
    • Requires frequent travel within the State of Colorado.

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    Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

    Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university educational program in social work;
    • Licensure to practice social work (LSW) in the State of Colorado within 90 days of employment.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Training or experience in a criminal defense system.
    • Experience working with adults involved in the criminal justice system.

    Benefits of Working for the OSPD

    • 6 Health Plans- Kaiser and Cigna options
    • Basic Vision Insurance – included with medical plans
    • Dental Insurance
    • State Paid Life Insurance
    • State Paid Short-Term Disability
    • FSA – Healthcare and Dependent Care
    • HSA Plan with Employer Contribution
    • Generous Paid Time Off
    • 11 paid holidays
    • Access to Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
    • Colorado PERA
    • 401(k) and 457 Supplemental Retirement Plans

    **We offer in-house clinical supervision for Social Workers working on their LCSW**

    For more information on benefits please visit For additional information on PERA visit

    Additional information about the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender can be found on the rest of our website.


    The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, marital status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

    Consistent with this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including the application and selection process.

    If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact Katey Tarkington at