Administrative Investigator

US Government, District Attorney

Are you looking for career opportunities that provide top-notch benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, parental leave, outstanding health, vision, and dental insurance, a free health clinic for you and your dependents, a generous retirement plan, and much more? Then bring your talents to Travis County!  

Performs professional duties in investigation of allegations of suspected violations of criminal statutes and possible legal defenses to and mitigation against those allegations and use their findings to provide information to help guide the course and outcome of client representation.

The Travis County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit was recently awarded a grant to review over 100 murder convictions to determine whether or not the conviction was based on an unreliable confession. The grant came about due to the Unit’s work on another old case from the 1990s. The TCDA recently discovered that a previous investigation into Austin Police Department Homicide Unit uncovered a pattern and practice of coercing false confessions during the late 1980s and early 1990s.  This grant position will be reviewing past homicide cases from that era and working in partnership with the Texas Innocence Project to determine whether there have been wrongful convictions as a result of false or coerced confessions.
 
The grant is for an attorney, investigator, and office specialist.
 
This is a grant-funded position ending on September 30, 2025, with possibility of renewal. This grant position will work in partnership with our current CIU staff.
 
Previous post-conviction, CIU, or innocence work preferred. Previous defense work litigating false confessions or knowledge of the current state of the law on false confessions preferred. The Travis County Conviction Integrity Unit, under District Attorney Garza has litigated a number of wrongful convictions over the last three years, including: Rosa Jimenez, Andre Causey, and Billy Faircloth. The CIU is committed to ensuring that justice is served for all of Travis County.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This job is in the Court Services job family. It is distinguished from the Investigator job in that it does not require TCOLE certification. Requires working irregular hours and/or occasionally traveling out of town/state and stay overnight as individual investigations demand.

 

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