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'23 MSPD Resource Development VISTAs
The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) is launching a more holistic approach to public defense– an approach addressing the needs and risk factors of clients outside the scope of traditional representation. VISTAs will create the framework for a holistic approach in the pre-trial stage, allowing MSPD to improve outcomes and the economic opportunity of our clients and communities. VISTAs will develop relationships with community resources, map them out for MSPD staff, and establish standards for client assessments, program facilitation, and data collection. MSPD was established in 1982 to provide high quality, zealous advocacy for the indigent- those who cannot afford legal counsel- accused of crimes in the state of Missouri- a state that boasts some of the highest incarceration and recidivism rates in the nation. Research shows that the challenges the criminally accused face are rooted in poverty and instability, which manifests as untreated physical and mental health conditions, substance abuse, housing instability, unemployment, and a lack of social support – all of which afflict MSPD clients. Through improved client well-being, VISTAs will help increase economic capacity and reduce incarceration. Those seeking to positively impact the intersection of Missouri’s legal system and poverty are encouraged to join in providing stability to our vulnerable neighbors and building a more equitable legal system. Qualified candidates will be inquisitive, collaborative, resourceful, open-minded, effective at expressing complex concepts, and hold a passion for public service. Preferred candidates will display effective leadership, organization, communication, and project management skills. Ideal candidates will have excellent attention to detail, strong computer skills, and a general knowledge of statistics. The position will span from 1/17/2023 to 1/17/2024 and offers service site flexibility and possible remote work. Position will remain open until filled.
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Member Duties : The Resource Development VISTAs will play a crucial role in establishing a more holistic approach – one that addresses the underlying needs of criminal defendants- to public defense in Missouri. VISTAs will (1) Review current regulations and procedures related to client intake, and project actions thus far (2) Identify the regional needs of clients, the resources that have already been identified, and the quality of existing connections, (3) Confer with holistic defense organizations and MSPD staff experienced in social work initiatives to understand successful strategies to aid clients outside of the courtroom (4) Investigate community resources that can partner with MSPD in addressing client needs, develop working relationships, and map out detailed guides for MSPD staff (5) Establish organizational standards for the holistic approach and provide direct support to MSPD staff (6) Produce a report outlining the intervention strategies and summarizing collected data, and more.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  MSPD training events, 13 paid holidays ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Health ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Homelessness ,  Public Safety ,  Housing ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Law ,  Public Speaking ,  Project Management ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Leadership . 
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'23 MSPD Resource Development VISTAs

Program Start/End Date
02/13/2023  -   02/13/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MISSOURI  

Accepting Applications
From  10/11/2022  To  01/16/2023 

Contact Lucas Dowdall
1000 W. Nifong
Columbia   MO   65203

Listing ID 108610