Arlington, Virginia
Feb 02, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: VICTIM SPECIALIST (BILINGUAL ENGLISH/SPANISH) Closing Date/Time: Thu. 02/15/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $49,337.60 - $75,400.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 1425 N. Courthouse Rd, Suite 5200, Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       Arlington County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is seeking a bilingual Victim Specialist to join their Victim Witness Unit to provide referrals for supportive counseling and services to crime victims and to serve as a resource to staff and/or community groups concerning victim programs and services. This employee primarily serves individuals who represent a culturally diverse population; a significant number are Spanish speaking individuals with limited English proficiency.

Duties include:
  • Providing support services and referrals to crime victims to assist them before, during, and after the legal process which includes crisis intervention;
  • Providing information to victims concerning legal procedures and options and working with prosecutors to keep victims informed about the status of the case in which they are involved; assisting the victims through the court process by accompanying them to court;
  • Researching cases to determine the best course of action for a victim, including networking with a variety of service providers;
  • Screening police reports to identify victims who may need assistance or who may be eligible for Victim Compensation programs;
  • Speaking to groups and/or law enforcement agencies concerning victims' rights and the criminal justice process; and
  • Serving as a member of the Project PEACE task force and other coordinated community response teams.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Must be able to speak and write fluently in both English and Spanish.
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Counseling, or other related field, plus experience providing services to crime victims and/or witnesses or closely related experience, which included case management.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Paralegal Certificate approved by the American Bar Association may be substituted for up to two years of the education requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Working in a court system environment;
  • Working as a liaison between departments and outside agencies;
  • Working in a fast-paced environment where bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are necessary;
  • Working with the Client Information Management System (CIMS) or Prosecutor by Karpel (PBK); and/or
  • Using Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.

 Special Requirements: An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours for bilingual positions.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
 Additional Information: Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some occasional meetings requiring evening work hours.

Your responses to the supplemental questions are considered part of the applications process. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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