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We advertise openings for full-time and part-time positions at the Careers.Ohio.Gov. Candidates are required to use this site to apply to our open positions; we cannot accept emailed or mailed applications.

On Careers.Ohio.Gov, click “Search for State Government Jobs” and then use search term “Public Defender Commission” as your “Organization” filter. Additional information on how to utilize the system, including how to set up alerts, visit Applicant Support FAQs.

Our offices are located in the cities of Columbus, Athens, Chillicothe, Marietta, and Warren.

Careers at the OPD include but are not limited to: 

  • Criminal Law Attorney:  Adult (Trial & Appellate), Juvenile (Trial & Appellate), Capital (Trial & Appellate)
  • Paralegal
  • Administrative Support
  • Criminal Investigation & Mitigation
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Fiscal
  • Public Relations
  • Legislative Lobby

Benefits of working for the State of Ohio include:

  • Extensive health benefits for all full- and part-time permanent employees
  • Guaranteed 10 paid state holidays every year and paid leave accrues each pay period
  • At least a 14 percent employer contribution to your OPERS pension plan
  • Employee Tuition Reimbursement programs
  • Life insurance coverage for all permanent employees

To learn about other benefits as an employee with the State of Ohio, view the State of Ohio Total Rewards page.

At #TeamOPD, we recognize the important of a workplace environment where every individual feels valued and can meaningfully participate and contribute. We embrace diversity and difference, and our commitment to inclusion is inseparable from our commitment to a fair justice system. We strive to ensure inclusive spaces and services for our staff, our clients and our diverse Ohio community. We recognize that we can best meet our public defense mission by recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together, we commit to creating a culture of respect that enacts our values and supports success. We encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Jobs at OPD and Other Jobs in Public Defense