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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, 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 Ohio’s diverse communities. We are committed to building a work environment where all our team members have a voice and can embrace our differences to innovate service to the public. We can best meet our public defense mission through a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, where employees thrive, our mission is accomplished, and Ohioans are served. #TeamOPD is grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion as we work together to pursue fairness and justice for all people. We encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Jobs at OPD and Other Jobs in Public Defense