Victim Services Specialist (probation Counselor Ii)

7 days left

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$55,647.49 - $92,745.54 Annually
Posted
Apr 13, 2019
Closes
Apr 26, 2019
Ref
19-00779
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position will be located at one of the eight Fairfax County district police stations or at the Fairfax County Police Headquarters.

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 direct services to victims and witness of violent crime including: crisis intervention, follow-up contact, court accompaniment, advocacy, and service referrals;
  • Work a rotating on-call schedule and responding to crime scenes, hospitals and other locations to provide immediate crisis intervention;
  • Provide information and support regarding the criminal justice system;
  • Notify victims and witnesses of any status changes in case proceedings, such as court dates, bond, pleas, release from jail/prison, parole, case status and outcomes, and other pertinent information;
  • Use phone, email, written correspondence, and in person meetings to make contact and follow-up;
  • Maintain contact and communication with crime victims and witnesses during the investigation, prosecution and judicial proceedings;
  • Work closely with local, state and national support agencies on behalf of victims and witnesses of crimes;
  • Provide education and training to help heighten awareness regarding victim issues and concerns.


Illustrative Duties

Counseling and Treatment Services
Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court-orders;
Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans for and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;
Supervises and monitors community service requirements; schedules payments, collects court costs and restitution; monitors urine tests;
Supervises visits or exchanges according to court orders or other relevant agreements;
Provides intensive supervision/monitoring, counseling and treatment of juvenile and adult offenders;
Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty;
Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
Conducts field investigations;
Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
Documents and maintains prescribed records of casework services and periodically compiles related statistics:
Aids clients in obtaining employment;
Arranges for the court appearance of the client and family;
Informs clients of available community resources;
Arranges appointments for medical examinations and psychological testing;
Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;
Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;
Intake Officer
Provides intake services, determines probable cause, issues related to jurisdiction, venue and appropriateness of filing petitions and/or issuance of detention or shelter care orders; Reviews complaints filed by law enforcement and citizens, conducts assessments to determine appropriateness for diversion;
Case manages diversion clients;
Decisions are made in compliance with the Code of Virginia, and Department of Juvenile Justice and/or Court Services Unit policies and procedures;
Residential Services:
Positions located in a residential facility supervise and direct house routines and therapeutic programs;
Ensures that residents maintain behavioral norms;
Coordinates and implements a residential program area such as recreational, educational or employment activities;
May drive a passenger van for educational and recreational trips;
Maintains on-going contact/communication with victims and witnesses during investigation and judicial proceedings;
Works with and assists the officers and detectives within a district station assignment with the victim services and referrals;
Provides court accompaniment to crime victim and witnesses for all court proceedings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Courts;
Responds to call-outs to crime scenes and other locations to provide immediate crisis intervention and support;
Provides training to departmental staff, commonwealth attorneys, judicial staff, and other relevant community organizations;
Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) Case Management Services
Works with court referred clients who have been charged/convicted of impaired driving offenses and first time drug offenders;
Maintains a caseload of court referred and volunteer clients;
Interviews clients during intake process and assigns appropriate program classification;
Writes intake summary on each client interviewed;
Conducts case management duties to include monitoring of ignition interlock and administration of alcohol breath tests;
Monitors clients progress and make referral as needed;
Writes and prepares reports to the courts, clients and treatment providers;
Testifies in court on non-compliant cases, make appropriate recommendations when requested by the judge;
Victims Services
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.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

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.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
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:
A valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit history check, a polygraph examination, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in a related field.
Three years of professional work experience working in the victim services field directly working with victims of crime.
Must be available for on-call response and be en-route to a callback assignment within 30 minutes of notification.
Must be available work evening hours to meet the needs of crime victims.
Ideal candidate will have extensive experience working in a court system environment.
Bilingual Spanish.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to operate a motor vehicle; ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and to sit for long periods. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include 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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