Training Director

The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) is accepting applications for the position of Training Director, based in the BIDS Administration Office in Topeka, Kansas. This is an attorney position.

The Training Director will lead the agency’s state-wide public defense Training Division, which is responsible for the training of the agency’s attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, legal assistants, administrative specialists, and other staff. The Training Director is a leader within the agency, and must demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the zealous and dignified representation of indigent defendants and the provision of high quality training to both attorney and non-attorney defense team members. The Training Director is directly supervised by the Executive Director.

The Mission

The Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, through its regional public defender offices and assigned counsel program, represents adults charged with felonies who cannot hire an attorney. By supporting and elevating public defense in the State of Kansas, BIDS empowers its team to provide relentless representation and collaborative, holistic advocacy in service of client-centered outcomes.

The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) is in the process of remaking its public defense model with a renewed emphasis on building public defense offices with an interdisciplinary team-based collaborative defense system that uses community connections and resources to better represent not just an individual’s case, but the client as a whole.

The BIDS Administration Office supports the work of all BIDS employees, as well as assigned and contract counsel. Our agency has approximately 250 employees and 19 offices across the state. We are looking for a dynamic, client-centered Training Director who is passionate about the importance of public defense and is interested in aiding our efforts to fundamentally rebuild our system into a model of collaborative public defense practice. This position presents a tremendous opportunity to shape our public defense training program, which is a part of our agency-wide efforts to fundamentally transform public defense across the entire state-wide system.

We are interested in candidates who believe in the importance of mentoring attorneys and non-attorney defense team members in client-centered holistic defense practices, who appreciate the importance of each defense team member, and who believe that every client and every employee is entitled to dignity and respect. Our public defender offices represent clients from diverse communities and backgrounds, and this position requires an applicant who has experience working with economically and racially diverse populations.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

The Training Director is a management level position reporting to the Executive Director of the agency. The Training Director has full responsibility for the management of the agency’s comprehensive state-wide public defense training program. The Training Director supervises supporting program staff, including the Assistant Training Director and the Training Division Administrative Specialist.

The Training Director must be passionate about the importance of public defense and interested in helping us fundamentally rebuild our system and transform our offices into a national model of holistic and collaborative public defense. We are in search of a dynamic, dedicated candidate who is highly experienced in criminal defense litigation, and with an established history of successfully organizing and presenting continuing legal education seminars on criminal defense practice, or other significant relevant teaching experience.

The Training Director is responsible for establishing training goals in consultation with the Executive Director and is responsible for the planning, managing, and distribution of these training initiatives to all of our agency employees and assigned counsel across Kansas. The Training Director is also responsible for the production and distribution of training materials, practice guides, training program evaluations, and is responsible for working with the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission to ensure compliance and approval of all CLE hours offered by BIDS, as well as for reporting all completed hours for participant credit.

The Training Director is a member of the BIDS Executive Leadership Team and will work closely with the Executive Director, Chief Fiscal Officer, General Counsel, Director of Special Projects, Human Resources Director, and the agency’s Chief Public Defenders.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have at minimum, the following qualifications:

  • Must be a graduate from an ABA accredited law school and licensed attorney who is active and in good standing in the State of Kansas at the time of employment. Attorneys licensed in another state must be willing and able to seek admission to the Kansas bar immediately upon hire.
  • At least 5 years of criminal defense experience handling felonies (trial or appellate) preferred.
  • Must have a proven history of successfully preparing and presenting trainings and continuing legal education programs, or other significant teaching experience.
  • Must have demonstrated experience leading others (formal or informal).
  • Must have exceptional demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to communicate legal concepts to others.
  • Must have the ability to develop curricula and training materials and present that information to audiences in a clear and engaging manner.
  • Must demonstrate an on-going commitment to the development of a client-centered, holistic defense practice.
  • Must have the ability to use all necessary electronic systems, including all required E-filing systems and records management systems, as well as case tracking databases.
  • Must be able to effectively handle emergency or crisis situations in a calm and effective manner.
  • Must possess exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be able to handle frequent interruptions and multiple calls and inquiries.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to effectively interact with clients, employees, and colleagues in a respectful and appropriate manner.
  • Must have a high level of personal integrity, as well as the ability to professionally handle confidential matters, and show an appropriate level of judgment.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a commitment to client-centered practice.
  • Must have a keenly developed and uncompromising set of personal and professional ethics.
  • Must be open to receiving training and providing training to others.
  • Must have the ability to plan and implement programs/processes and manage change.
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain constructive relationships with local and state agencies, professional groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Must be academically curious about criminal law and procedure.
  • Must be willing and able to treat every client, employee, and colleague with dignity and respect.
  • Must have a high level of initiative, dependability, and ability to work with little supervision.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to travel in-state to each of our regional defender offices.
  • Must be willing and able to travel out-of-state to national training programs and conferences.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in leadership at the management/administrative level;

Skills in supervision and performance coaching;

Knowledge of training principles and practices for adult learners;

Familiarity with training evaluation and needs assessments;

Ability to facilitate small group discussions and skills exercises to maximize learning for the participants;

Ability to organize event logistics and to work concurrently on multiple short term and long-range projects;

Ability to coordinate with supporting personnel to provide client-centered, holistic defense practice focused trainings;

Experience processing, organizing, and managing complex litigation;

Experience in community organizing and the development of local community connections and resources;

Experience and/or familiarity with collaborative defense models.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation for this position (Training Director) ranges from $85,000-$120,750.   Compensation may vary depending upon experience, education, or qualifications. We are happy to discuss compensation expectations with interested applicants.

The State of Kansas Employment Benefits Package includes:

  • First day of employment comprehensive coverage under the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) for medical, prescription drug coverage, dental, and vision Tax advantage accounts are available and include options such as a Health Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account, and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Additional voluntary benefits including Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Accident Insurance, and Critical Illness Insurance
  • SEHP members and their covered family members have access to the HealthQuest Health Center at 9th and Kansas Avenue in Topeka for in person and virtual health care services
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: paid parental leave, military leave, jury leave, and funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Programs
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Application Materials Needed

Cover letter
Writing sample
List of three professional references
If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, please also include your DD214.

Send resume, cover letter, and list of references, and DD214 (if applicable) by email to Tiffany Reed:

Tiffany Reed
Human Resources Director, Administration Office
State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services

When emailing application materials, please include “Training Director” in your email subject line.

Priority given to applications received before February 1, 2024.

Please be aware that if an offer of employment is made, actual employment is subject to pre-employment conditions, which include:

  • Confirmation of licensure as an active attorney in good standing the State of Kansas, or successful admission to the Kansas Bar, prior to start date.
  • Governor’s salary approval.
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate required.

Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain and submit a valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate within 10 days from the date of the offer letter to the hiring agency by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at A Tax Clearance Certificate is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199 or by email at

How to Claim Veterans Preference:

Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran”; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position.  The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager.

Learn more about claiming Veteran’s Preference

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.

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