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TIDC funds, oversees, and improves Texas public defense. Here is some of the work we do:

  • Planning and funding new public defender and managed assigned counsel offices.
  • Funding public defense in all 254 Texas counties.
  • Funding 6 innocence projects.
  • Monitoring compliance with state laws and TIDC rules.
  • Collecting and sharing public defense data.
  • Drafting and testifying on public defense legislation.
  • Hosting trainings, conferences, and webinars.
  • Drafting and disseminating public defense publications.
  • Working with lawyers, judges, counties, state agencies, and national organizations to shape the future of Texas public defense.

Last year, TIDC awarded over $35 million in public defense funding, added public defender offices in 10 counties, monitored public defense in 32 counties, trained over 3,000 people, launched a new data portal, and released a major publication on public defender offices. Learn more at tidc.texas.gov.

Mission

Protecting the right to counsel, improving public defense.

Vision

Excellent representation for all.

 

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As TIDC’s first Research Director, you will lead all TIDC research activities, including data collection, data reporting, and data visualization. You will work with TIDC’s partners to create a new data portal so that we can better understand the state of Texas public defense. You will also communicate research findings to stakeholders, including judges, lawyers, county officials, researchers, reporters, legislators, TIDC board members, and TIDC staff. You will use data to help plan new defender offices, monitor compliance with state law, and deploy TIDC funds. You will perform advanced data analysis and data research work, involving detailed data analysis, providing results, and monitoring and implementing data quality. You will work under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. You may supervise others. The Research Director reports directly to TIDC’s Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Learn TIDC data requirements, including Indigent Defense Expenditure Reporting. 
  • Prioritize research projects. 
  • Manage current TIDC datasets. 
  • Work with partners to create a new data portal. 
  • Respond to data inquiries from the Legislature, reporters, and county officials. 
  • Collaborate with outside research partners. 
  • Communicate research findings to a broad range of stakeholders. 
  • Identify research needs. 
  • Develop and pursue a research agenda. 
  • Design and conduct program evaluations. 
  • Collaborate with TIDC’s Funding, Oversight, and Improvement Teams. 
  • Engage with public defense researchers statewide and nationally. 
  • Help develop grant-reporting metrics for TIDC grantees. 
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s in social science, political science, economics, criminology, or related field. 
  • Seven years’ closely related experience. 
  • Applicants selected for interview will be required to submit a writing sample. 
  • Proficient in quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Skilled at using statistical software, such as R, Python, Stata, Tableau or Power Bi. 
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. 
  • Strong desire to improve Texas public defense. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in social science, political science, economics, criminology, or related field.
  • Experience researching public defense or criminal justice. 
  • Experience with surveys, focus groups, or randomized controlled trials. 
  • Experience with data visualization. 
  • Experience with program evaluation. 
  • Leadership, management, or supervision experience. 

Note:

The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met.

35L, 255A, CTN, 681X,IS, ISM, 2652, 8846, 14NX

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_PlanningResearchandStatistics.pdf

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Each of Texas’s 254 counties provides child protection services differently. As a TIDC senior policy analyst, you will help improve outcomes for families within Texas’s child protection system by leading the most comprehensive statewide analysis of how parents and children are represented. You will work alongside counties to collect policy and fiscal data. You will develop and refine tools for data collection and analysis, including vouchers, expenditure reports, fee schedules, and appointment methods. You will train judges, auditors, lawyers, and county officials on data collection. You will also work with TIDC’s partners to develop a data portal to share family representation data with the public. Ultimately, the data you collect will be used to help improve court processes and create more equitable, cost- effective solutions for children and families. In addition to these core duties, there may be flexibility to develop other projects to improve representation, including presentations, publications, training, and more. You will perform advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work.

Work involves planning, developing, and implementing a major agency program and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. You will work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protective Services reports directly to TIDC’s Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Communicating with local stakeholders. 
  • Developing ways to collect and share meaningful data regarding family representation. 
  • Working with local stakeholders to collect and report family representation data. 
  • Training stakeholders on data collection. 
  • Performing other tasks to monitor or improve Texas family representation. 
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. 
  • Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field. 
  • Seven years’ experience in child protection law, family representation, public policy, or public defense. 
  • Demonstrated interest in improving family representation. 
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws relating to family representation. 
  • Applicants selected for interview will be required to submit a writing sample.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. 
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications. 
  • Strong desire to improve family representation in Texas. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence. 
  • Experience as an advocate on behalf of parents or children. 
  • Skill in conducting legal research. 
  • Leadership skills. 

Note:

The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met.

59A, 30,OS, 641X, 0205, 0640, 86MO

http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf

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As a TIDC Senior Policy Analyst, you are part of a team that improves Texas public defense through court observation, interviews, record review, investigation, and writing. When you find problems with a public defense system, you recommend changes and work with judges, lawyers, court personnel, and county officials to create better public defense systems and comply with the Fair Defense Act. After training, you will lead monitoring visits. You will interact with high-level government officials. You will interpret laws and lead policy monitoring report drafting. In addition to these core duties, Senior Policy Analysts have flexibility to work on other TIDC projects, including trainings, presentations, publications, public defender office planning, and more. You will perform advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves planning, developing, and implementing a major agency program and providing consultative services and technical assistance to program staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. You will work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Leading court observations, interviews, and record reviews to investigate county public defense systems.
  • Assessing counties’ compliance with state laws. 
  • Writing policy monitoring reports. 
  • Consulting with high-level county officials. 
  • Providing technical assistance to counties to ensure compliance with the Fair Defense Act. 
  • Training attorneys, judges, and court personnel on public defense best practices. 
  • Performing other tasks to monitor or improve Texas public defense.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. 
  • Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field. 
  • Seven years’ experience in public defense or public policy. 
  • Applicants selected for interview will be required to submit a writing sample. 
  • Experience in public defense representation or policy. 
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to public defense. 
  • Skill in conducting legal research. 
  • Superior written and oral communications skills. 
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications. 
  • Strong desire to improve Texas public defense. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence. 
  • Extensive experience in public defense or public policy. 
  • Leadership skills. 

Note:

The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met.

59A, 30,OS, 641X, 0205, 0640, 86MO

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf

Click here to apply.

Click here for full job posting.

As a TIDC policy analyst, you are part of a team that improves Texas public defense through court observation, interviews, record review, investigation, and writing. When you find problems with a public defense system, you recommend changes and work with judges, lawyers, court personnel, and county officials to create better public defense systems and comply with the Fair Defense Act. In addition to these core duties, policy analysts have some flexibility to work on other TIDC projects, including presentations, publications, public defender office planning, and more. You provide highly complex (senior-level) assistance to staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. You work under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. You may train others.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conducting court observations, interviews, and record reviews to investigate county public defense systems.
  • Assessing counties’ compliance with state laws.
  • Writing policy monitoring reports.
  • Providing technical assistance to counties to promote compliance with the Fair Defense Act. 
  • Training attorneys, judges, and court personnel on public defense best practices.
  • Performing other tasks to monitor or improve Texas public defense.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field.
  • Applicants selected for interview will be required to submit a writing sample.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong desire to improve public defense in Texas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to public
  • Experience in public defense, public policy, or research.
  • Skill in conducting legal research.
  • Leadership skills.

Note:

The following Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of military experience applicable to the position to determine if minimum qualifications are met.

59A, 30,OS, 641X, 0205, 0640, 86MO

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_ProgramManagement.pdf

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