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The Public Defender Program Manager is responsible for managing the activities of the Public Defender Commission and all public defender offices across the state.

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Typical Functions:

Supervises a small to medium-sized professional and administrative support staff by interviewing and recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, training new employees, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Authorizes contracts with private attorneys, expert witnesses, investigators, and foreign language interpreters for legal services related to the defense of indigent persons. Collects, analyzes, and disseminates records of the operation of the public defender system, including organization, caseloads, and attorney assignments of each public defender office. Controls the budgets and the expenditures of the public defender commission and each public defender’s office. Reassigns cases from one public defender to another public defender in adjacent areas. Assigns cases to private attorneys. Produces annual reports on the operation of the public defender commission and recommends improvement if necessary. Prepares and/or presents both written and oral communications pertaining to controversial and complex topics. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of court operations and procedures. Knowledge of intergovernmental relations. Ability to plan and perform work from broad instruction and deal with constantly changing problems. Ability to communicate orally and in written form. Ability to act independently in the formulation and administration of policies and programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, or a related field; plus four years of experience in Arkansas trial procedures, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

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