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MSPD - Intake Improvement Compliance VISTA
The Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) was established in 1982 with the mission to provide high quality, zealous advocacy for indigent people -or those who cannot afford legal counsel- accused of crime in the state of Missouri. MSPD currently faces the great challenge of having a caseload beyond organizational capacity, jeopardizing the quality of representation provided to current clients and forcing MSPD to establish waitlists to defer the burden. In response to the system’s overflowing case load and the detrimental effect on services provided, MSPD has initiated the Intake Improvement Project, to take place in MSPD’s Office of the Director, in Columbia, MO from 11/9/2020 to 11/20/2021. The project will build sustainable procedures to decrease caseloads and waitlists, increasing the resources and time devoted to each case and improving the quality of representation, ultimately improving case outcomes and reducing the legal and social barriers to economic opportunities. The project presents a great opportunity for prospective VISTAs, who will not only learn the inner-workings and circumstances of public defense, but also take the lead in improving organizational compliance with state regulations and increasing the capacity of the MSPD client intake process by assessing shortcomings, exploring new procedures and resources, and implementing identified enhancements. 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 or data collection.
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Member Duties : The Intake Improvement Compliance VISTA will play a vital role in the first steps of the Intake Improvement Project, leading the internal analysis of MSPD compliance with state regulations and ensuring consistency in offices statewide. The Compliance VISTA will be responsible for: 1. Reviewing and understanding the regulations, procedures, and tools that characterize the current client intake process 2. Conducting internal analysis (through surveys, interviews and office audits) to identify areas of MSPD client intake that need improvement 3. Developing a report on findings and a detailed proposal for implementing new practices that correct shortcomings and enhance the MSPD intake process 4. Assisting the Intake Improvement Outreach VISTA with the implementation of new procedures, together developing new materials and a training curriculum for MSPD employees determining eligibility statewide
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  MSPD-sponsored training events ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Research, Project Management ,  Computers/Technology ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Law ,  Team Work ,  General Skills . 
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MSPD - Intake Improvement Compliance VISTA

Program Start/End Date
11/09/2020  -   11/20/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MISSOURI  

Accepting Applications
From  09/10/2020  To  11/20/2020 

Contact Lucas Dowdall
1000 W Nifong
Columbia   MO   65203
5737779977 x396
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 99027