Victim Specialist (Probation Counselor II)
This is a re-announcement. Applicants who previously applied do not need to reapply to be considered.
This is a job share position working 20 hours per week. This position will be located at one of the eight Fairfax County district police stations or at the Fairfax County Police Headquarters. Under general supervision, provides assistance within a law enforcement environment to victims and witnesses of crimes by administering and providing services designed to do the following: provide emotional, physical, financial and practical support; provide access to the criminal justice system and support agencies; respond to call-outs to crime scenes or other locations to provide crisis intervention for follow-up resources and provide information and support regarding the criminal justice system. During criminal cases, maintains contact and communication with victims and witnesses during the investigation, prosecution and judicial proceedings. Works closely with local, state and national support agencies on behalf of victims and witnesses of crimes. Provides education and training to help heighten awareness regarding victim issues and concerns.
- Provides supportive services to victims and witnesses of crime involved in the criminal justice system including emotional support, financial assistance, counseling, and victim agency referrals;
- Maintains on-going contact/communication with victims and witnesses during investigation and judicial proceedings, and provides notifications of investigative activity or case developments as needed;
- Provides court accompaniment to crime victim and witnesses for all court proceedings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Courts;
- Reduces delays in bringing cases to court by assisting in determining availability of victims and witnesses;
- Responds to call-outs to crime scenes and other locations to provide immediate crisis intervention and support, refers clients to related supportive services and agencies;
- Operates a county vehicle to provide the effective delivery of services to victims and witnesses including transporting victims and witnesses to court hearings, commonwealth's attorneys meetings and other court related appointments;
- Provides assistance by administering and providing services designed to enhance coordination among agencies operating within the criminal justice system;
- Works with and assists the officers and detectives within their district station assignment or the criminal investigations bureau with the proper victim services and referrals;
- Encourage citizen awareness and participation through public information and education.
- Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
- Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
- Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
- Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
- Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work and victim services;
- Ability to interview and counsel clients;
- Ability to prepare complete case records and reports;
- Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social/behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or education plus two years of professional experience in probation work, social work, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, or counseling. A master's degree in the disciplines above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
- Valid motor vehicle's license.
- The appointee to this position will be required to complete a public safety background check to the satisfaction of the employer.
- Previous experience with victim witness services.
- Two years of experience in an administrative support role coordinating multiple service areas for an organization.
- Previous experience in a professional office setting with strong customer service experience.
- Some experience in crisis counseling and advocacy, especially with victims of crime preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish.
Must be able to walk, stand, sit, use keyboard-driven equipment and telephone. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. Duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.