Mitigation Specialist


Posting Date: November 3, 2017                                                

Closing Date: Until filled

Job Listing Identification Number: 215-18-002               

OCFW Job Title: Investigator IV/Mitigation Specialist         

Location: Austin, TX

State Job Title: Investigator IV                                    

FLSA Status:  Exempt

State Classification Number and Salary Step:  B18 ($45,000 to $60,000)

Type of Job: Full Time                                                      

Travel RequiredYes (50%)


The Texas Office of Capital & Forensic Writs (OCFW) is hiring a mitigation specialist to factually develop claims on behalf of our death-sentenced clients.

The mitigation specialist will work as part of a team with attorneys representing clients sentenced to death in state habeas corpus and related proceedings. The ideal applicant will have investigation experience, familiarity with mental health and trauma-related issues, and / or experience working directly with indigent populations. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The OCFW represents a substantial majority of persons sentenced to death in Texas in state habeas and related proceedings. We are committed to client-centered and excellent post-conviction representation, in accordance with the ABA Guidelines, Guidelines and Standards for Texas Capital Counsel (2006) and the Supplementary Guidelines and Standards for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Texas Death Penalty Cases (2015).


  • Identifying, locating and interviewing witnesses, including complaining witnesses, law enforcement and eyewitnesses, and gathering relevant documentary evidence to develop information concerning the circumstances of the alleged crime;
  • Conduct a social history investigation by establishing on-going relationships with the client and family, and interviewing witnesses who are knowledgeable about the client at every phase of his or her life, relevant to both the crime and the client’s life history in a culturally competent manner;
  • Establishing rapport with clients and witnesses that overcomes barriers those individuals may have against the disclosure of sensitive information;
  • Obtaining and analyzing anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history, including but not limited to: medical and psychiatric history; trauma history; educational history; employment history; military history; social service and child protective service contacts with the family; multigenerational family history and patterns of behavior; genetic disorders and vulnerabilities; prior adult and juvenile correctional experience; religious, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, racial, cultural and community influences; and socio-economic, historical and political factors;
  • Furnishing memos and/or reports on a variety of topics to counsel and experts, including social histories and chronologies;
  • Working as a member and facilitating the success of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Consulting with attorneys and experts to develop theories of the case and case strategy;
  • Providing litigation support to counsel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • College degree;
  • An organized and precise work practice with attention to detail and accuracy;
  • A deep commitment to the representation of death-sentenced persons, and persons from low-income and other marginalized communities;
  • Excellent at written and oral communication;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and an awareness of the issues that must be overcome to successfully work with people who have life experiences you may not share.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Capital defense investigation experience;
  • Experience as a fact investigator or mitigation specialist, equivalent experience working directly with indigent populations;
  • Degree or post-graduate study in a relevant field (g., law, sociology, social work, anthropology, public health, ethnography, or another field involving qualitative research.);
  • Familiarity or experience with key areas such as: mental health, trauma, intellectual disabilities, forensic sciences;
  • Experience in dealing with issues of race, ethnicity and poverty within the criminal justice system or elsewhere;
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English. 

Employment Conditions:

  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and software;
  • A valid driver’s license, and the willingness to operate a motor vehicle for client-representation purposes;
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Texas, out of state, and on occasion, out of the country for client-representation purposes.
  • The person hired for this position should expect to regularly travel 50% of the time on case work.

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; and (4) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to Sandra Justice at: State applications are available at:

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 04, 4402, 51JX, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:

The Office of Capital & Forensic Writs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated by the applicant to Sandra Justice, the Office of Capital & Forensic Writs Senior Accountant, at (512) 463-8520.

Updated Friday, November 3, 2017