ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit www.innocenceproject.org.
The Case Analyst is responsible for the evaluation of all potential innocence claims according to the mission and protocols of the Innocence Project. The Case Analyst reports to the Intake Director. The Case Analyst works in close collaboration with the Document Manager, the Case Associate, and the Intake Assistants. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office.
**The ideal candidate is a college graduate with 1-2 years of work experience in a criminal justice or social justice organization. This position is perfect for someone looking for 2-4 years of work experience prior to law school or other graduate education.**
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Review and analyze correspondence and documents related to criminal cases to determine whether DNA testing could prove the innocence of an individual convicted of a crime.
• Produce a written evaluation for each case including analysis of the facts, history of the case, evidence collected and possibilities for testing to prove innocence.
• Present evaluated cases at meetings with Intake and Legal Department staff.
• Coordinate with staff attorneys, paralegals, and students to ensure effective transition of accepted cases to the Legal Department.
• Manage, continuously, a docket of cases at the middle and final stage of evaluation.
• Collaborate with law firm attorneys assisting in case evaluation.
CASE PROCESSING AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
• Ensure that all communications, correspondence and documents are properly tracked and stored.
• Collaborate with the Document Manager to procure and assemble case files with documents necessary for analysis (transcripts, appeals, laboratory and investigative reports, correspondence).
• Coordinate case review with intake staff at local innocence projects as appropriate.
• Represent the Innocence Project in trainings, seminars, and lectures on case evaluation and the role of biological evidence.
• Train and supervises volunteers/interns in evaluation protocols and use of the case management system.
• Assist in selection process for interns, including reviewing application materials, conducting interviews, and conducting reference checks.
• Assist in training new Intake staff.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree required
• At least one year of work experience preferred
• Familiarity with legal procedure preferred
• Computer literacy, preferably experience with complex case management tools and searchable databases
• Knowledge of forensic science a plus
• Exceptional analytical skills (Analytical Skills)
• Strong writing and presentation skills (Writing Skills; Communication Skills)
• Able to balance quality of work with efficiency (Project Management)
• Proven ability to work independently and in a collective environment (Initiative/Self Motivated; Teamwork)
• Superior skills in organization, planning and attention to detail (Quality Focused)
• Ability to maintain total confidentiality regarding cases (Accountability)
• Passion for the Innocence Project’s mission and a commitment to criminal justice reform
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks.
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.
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