Victim Advocate (Social Services Specialist II)

Location
FAIRFAX (EJ27), VA
Salary
$54,422.99 - $90,704.64 yr
Posted
May 07, 2018
Closes
May 21, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
As a member of the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) Advocacy Services Program, provides short-term case management, and in-person and telephone-based crisis intervention to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking in need of support. Duties include:
  • Provides culturally sensitive and survivor-centered education on the rights of survivors, the different forms of intimate partner abuse, the cycles of violence, and stages of behavioral change, etc.;
  • Conducts safety planning by helping to brainstorm safety strategies, key contacts and resources for potential emergency situations;
  • Supports survivors in navigating through complex legal processes by explaining their rights and resources available to them;
  • Refers them to relevant pro-bono or low-cost legal resources; and may accompany them to court to provide moral support during hearings.
  • Provides coverage for 24-hour crisis hotlines and after hours on-call support on a rotational basis, and will participate in events held in the evenings and on weekends, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, including listening and communication abilities; knowledge and experience of intimate partner violence issues, trends, and interventions including policy and interventions related to domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking; an ability to organize information, manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines, and efficiently and succinctly document services provided; while demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of diverse populations served.

Note: This position will work from the Historic Fairfax Courthouse located at 4000 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax, Virginia. Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus two years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in social work (MSW) or other related field, experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence, and children exposed to domestic violence. One year of professional experience as a victim advocate. Excellent oral and written communication skills to include effective presentation and group facilitation skills. Bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services Registry check, and driving record check.
Driver's license or ability to efficiently access other means of transportation in order to visit clients in their homes and to meet with community service providers.
Some positions may require oral and written bilingual competency in English and a second language.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to use automated technology to access, input, retrieve, and process information. Ability to transport self to different work sites or locations, as needed. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include a written and/or verbal presentation exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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