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The Office of Defense Services (ODS) offers career opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, investigators, forensic social and mitigation specialists, and administrative and information technology professionals. ODS fills jobs as they become vacant. For information about the ODS’ law clerk program and internships, please click on the links at the bottom of this section.

If you are interested in working at the ODS, please email a cover letter and resume to ODS human resources ODS_HR@delaware.gov. ODS will send an electronic confirmation after your resume is received. ODS will keep your resume on file for 12 months. As positions become available, ODS will review your resume to see if you meet the requirements for the vacant position(s).

Internships | Law Clerk Programs

Open Positions

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in Sussex County – 2 vacancies

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to fill a full-time position as an attorney in Sussex County, based in the Georgetown office.  To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include either a misdemeanor and or felony caseload in the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court or Superior Court, and will also encompass violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed. Court assignment to be completed upon hire and dependent upon experience.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here.

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov.

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defenders in the Superior Court in New Castle County – 3 vacancies

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks motivated and enthusiastic attorneys to join our Wilmington office in a full-time capacity defending clients in the Superior Court of New Castle County. To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a felony trial caseload in the Superior Court and will also encompass defending clients at violation of probation hearings, specialty court proceedings, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field and litigation experience are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice. More information can be found here.

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov.

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in the Family Court in Kent County – LIMITED TERM (2 years)

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a highly motivated and enthusiastic attorney to fill a full-time position as an attorney assigned to Family Court in and for Kent County, based in the Dover office. The attorney must be admitted to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a misdemeanor and felony caseload in Family Court and will also encompass violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

This Limited Term position is covering Military Active Duty until September 2023.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in the Court of Common Pleas in New Castle County – LIMITED TERM (4 years)

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a highly motivated and enthusiastic attorney to fill a full-time position as an attorney assigned to the Court of Common Pleas in and for New Castle County, based in the Wilmington office. The attorney must be admitted to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include a misdemeanor caseload in the Court of Common Pleas and will also encompass violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

This Limited Term position is covering Military Active Duty until September 2025.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled

Paralegal/Administrative Specialist for Superior Court in New Castle County

The Office of Defense Services seeks a highly motivated, organized, and enthusiastic entry level Paralegal/Administrative Specialist to fill a full-time role within the New Castle County Superior Court Unit based at the Carvel State Building. This position will provide assigned Assistant Public Defender’s with the necessary legal and administrative support in providing quality, constitutionally mandated, indigent defense services.  In addition to this, the position will provide receptionist services for the office.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class:

  • Establishes and maintains case files.
  • Reviews legal/court documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Compiles and evaluates facts to complete program, legal, and/or court documents.
  • Provides administrative reports and recommendations for new/revised operating policies/procedures.
  • Review’s state and federal codes, laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance of legal actions/processes.
  • Greeting visitors, clients, and other guests, ensuring adherence to the office’s safety and professionalism expectations.
  • Receiving/transferring incoming phone calls
  • Data entry into various software programs, particularly in support of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing department
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Job Requirements for Paralegal/ Administrative Specialist

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Six months experience in preparing and maintaining legal documents and case files.
  • Six months experience in data collection which includes collecting, compiling, and maintaining data from multiple sources such as files, records, databases, customers, staff, or others.
  • Six months experience in analyzing and evaluating data.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of administrative support practices and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, employees and public.
  • Proficient in all internal and external computer programs related to job duties, including but not limited to SharePoint, Word, Outlook, JIC, DELJIS, and E-Filing desired not essential.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial   Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled, anticipated start date February 1, 2022.

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in the Family Court in New Castle County  

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to fill a full-time capacity defending client in the Family Court of New Castle County, based in the Wilmington office.  To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include an adult misdemeanor caseload in Family Court and will also encompass representing clients in violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Assistant Public Defender in Kent County

The Office of Defense Services’ Public Defender’s Office seeks a motivated and enthusiastic attorney to fill a full-time position as an attorney in Kent County, based in the Dover office.  To qualify, the attorney must be admitted, or pending admission, to the Delaware Bar. Job duties will primarily include either a misdemeanor and or felony caseload in the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court or Superior Court, and will also encompass violation of probation hearings, specialty courts, and other court calendars as needed. Court assignment to be completed upon hire and dependent upon experience.

Applicants with experience in criminal law are preferred. Applicants without experience in criminal law but with a strong interest in the field are also encouraged to apply. The salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled

Full-Time Deputy Controller in New Castle County

The Office of Defense Services Central Administration Services seeks a highly motivated, organized and enthusiastic employee to fill a full-time position for a Deputy Controller based in the Wilmington office. The Deputy Controller is a senior member of the Fiscal and HR team and works closely with Controller to provide fiscal management/control of the agency’s financial resources and human resource functions.

The role encompasses all aspects of Finance but primarily will directly supervise the HR function of the agency. Work involves supervising the Sr. Human Resources Technician, applying human resources theories regarding benefits, pay, pensions, and related Human Resource functions; formulating policies, procedures, systems and plans; interpreting, explaining and applying laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and developing solutions and providing recommendations, guidance and direction to management/officials in accomplishing organizational and operational goals and objectives and identifying and resolving issues.

Essential Functions

  • Interprets, explains and applies applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and recommends policies and procedures consistent with merit system laws, rules, regulations, priorities, objectives and new federal mandates.
  • Develops and implements programs to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures. 
  • Collects, analyzes and evaluates data from a variety of sources and presents/communicates information effectively.
  • Identifies and analyzes inquiries/problems/needs/issues, assesses their impact and generates and evaluates alternatives.
  • Provides recommendations, guidance and direction to management for the purpose of understanding, meeting organizational and operational goals and objectives and identifying/resolving problems/needs. 
  • Implements human resource functions, policies, procedures, systems and plans.
  • Analyzes, reconciles and consolidates vouchers, records, journals, ledgers and statements.
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budgetary recommendations.
  • Reviews financial transactions and codes for conformance to standard procedures and accounts.
  • Compiles, analyzes and prepares a variety of statements and reports for state, special, private or federal funded programs for use in financial, budget and personnel planning. 
  • Develops cost projections based on past records and anticipated activities and makes fiscally sound recommendations.
  • Applies standardized accounting principles and practices.
  • Reviews internal accounting policies and procedures and makes recommendations for revisions.

Job Requirements for Deputy Controller

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  • Possession of Bachelors degree or higher in Human Resource Management, Accounting, or related field OR possession of a SPHR, PHR, IPMA-CP, IPMA-CS or equivalent professional human resource certification.
  • One year experience in human resource management applying human resource theories, principles and models to the administration of at least one of the following functional areas: Labor/Employee Relations, Benefits, Job Classification, Compensation Analysis, Pension, Recruitment, Selection or EEO/AA.
  • Six months experience in policy administration which includes planning, developing, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures.
  • One year experience in accounting using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • One year experience in compiling, analyzing and interpreting financial data to ensure effective and efficient accounting of funds or to make projections for financial planning.
  • One years experience in analyzing financial problems, developing alternatives, recommending and advising management on solutions.
  • Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.

Benefits

Upon eligibility benefits to include:

  • Group Health Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Prescription, Flexible Spending, Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance, Securian Accident & Critical Illness Insurance, Health Management Programs.
  • 21 paid vacation days, 15 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to support services such as Professional Counseling Services, Legal Services, Financial Services.
  • Employer & Employee Funded Pension Plan as well as an Employee Funded Retirement Savings Plan available.

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

The Office of Defense Services is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to ODS_HR@delaware.gov

Application end date: Until filled, anticipated start date February 14, 2022.


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