MAACS is Hiring a Deputy Administrator

The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS), a division of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO), seeks a full-time Deputy Administrator to work in Lansing or Detroit, Michigan. The starting pay for this leadership position is $110,000. Successful leaders may earn up to $136,000 through annual pay increases.

ABOUT US: SADO is a state public appellate defense agency with about 60 staff members and offices in Detroit and Lansing. MAACS, a division within SADO, administers the appointment of felony appellate counsel in Michigan trial courts, from a roster of approximately 150 private attorneys and SADO. MAACS and SADO merged for management purposes in 2014. The consolidated MAACS/SADO agency is overseen by the Appellate Defender Commission under MCL 780.711 et seq. Additional information about MAACS is available at and

  • Assisting in the development and delivery of appropriate training to MAACS roster attorneys
  • Providing case-related advice to roster attorneys
  • Monitoring compliance by roster attorneys with MAACS regulations and minimum performance standards
  • Investigating and resolving inquiries and complaints regarding roster attorneys
  • Conducting thorough retention reviews of roster attorney performance
  • Assisting the MAACS Administrator in other responsibilities as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The Deputy Administrator is a licensed attorney with at least three years of experience handling criminal appeals or public defense assignments. Advanced technical skills and writing abilities are essential. While SADO employees are working from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is available in either our Lansing or Detroit office.

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • 401k plan with up to a 9% employer contribution
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation in year one, more in subsequent years
  • Paid sick time and paid parental leave
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Flexible work hours
  • Work from home options
  • Paid training opportunities

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and redacted writing sample by September 17, 2021, to Human Resources at

Writing Sample Special Instructions: As part of its commitment to diversity in the workplace and its goal to prevent hiring bias, we ask that applicants submit redacted writing samples, which will be reviewed without access to applicant information and scored based on objective criteria. Your name, address, work affiliation, and other identifiers should be redacted from your writing sample. Files should be named generically, and your name should not be a part of the filename. For example, you can name the file WS1.pdf or WritingSample.pdf.

SADO is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize people of color are disproportionately impacted by the criminal legal system and actively seek to employ staff with backgrounds representative of our clients. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ people, and people directly affected by the criminal legal system to apply. A felony conviction does not prohibit employment at SADO.