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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


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Position Description

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.

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As a TIDC Grant Specialist, you will be part of a team administering funding for public defense improvement projects in Texas. The Grants Specialist coordinates grant application and review processes, prepares award documents, develops, and monitors grantee reporting, ensures that grant documentation is organized, complete, and complies with all appropriate rules, statutes, and guidelines. Grant Specialists also assist grantees with budget adjustments, grant modification requests, reporting questions, and other grant administration duties. The Grants Specialist performs advanced (senior-level) grant development, coordination, and administration work. Work involves preparing, maintaining, and reporting of grants; coordinating grant applications; reviewing incoming applications to determine compliance with requirements and standards; monitoring grant awards; and serving as a liaison between funding sources and the state or federal government. May supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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