VICTIM WITNESS PROGRAM ASSISTANT (TWO POSITIONS)

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$51,000.00 Annually
Posted
Jun 15, 2021
Closes
Jun 22, 2021
Ref
9412-21C-CWA-HQ
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County is seeking to fill two entry level grant-funded Victim Witness Program Assistant positions to provide administrative support to the Victim Witness Program staff and informational support and guidance to victims of crime, some who speak Spanish and may have difficulty communicating in English.

The Arlington County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is an "at-will" office. Employees are not subject to the same employment protections as other County employees.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing direct support to victims of crimes including contacting victims to explain legal and courtroom procedures, accompanying victims to court, assisting in filing claims with the Virginia Victims Fund, and providing pertinent information on social service agencies and programs;
  • Serving as liaison with victims, prosecution, law enforcement, court officials and allied professionals;
  • Providing crisis intervention and referrals for supportive counseling to minimize the traumatic impact of crime and the criminal justice process;
  • Using the police department's database to obtain and review police reports to assist with preparing cases for trial;
  • Compiling information relevant to cases;
  • Assisting victims and providing information on their rights and on the court process;
  • Representing the Victim/Witness Program in community events and/or providing training on victim services;
  • Tracking cases and services provided to victims using the Client Information Management System (CIMS) and Prosecutor by Karpel (PBK) case management system; and
  • Performing administrative functions such as preparing court dockets, composing letters and narrative reports, filing, faxing, answering phones and ordering program supplies.

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, highly organized individual with excellent time management and communication skills (oral and written) and has the ability to work with a diverse population.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High school diploma or GED plus at least one year of experience providing direct client informational support in a criminal justice or court system environment and completion of a paralegal certificate program recognized by the American Bar Association.

Substitution: Additional experience in a legal office performing paralegal tasks may be substituted for the paralegal certificate program requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who have the following experience:
  • Case and docket management;
  • Working in a restorative justice system;
  • Working in a fast-paced professional environment;
  • Using Prosecutor by Karpel (PBK) or a similar case management software;
  • Using Microsoft Office Word and Outlook; and/or
  • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish.


Special Requirements

A background check will be conducted on all candidates who are finalists for the position. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit check and may require signing a release authorizing the County to obtain this information. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is an entry level position that currently has some remote work flexibility due to the pandemic.

Salary Information: Both positions are funded fully or partially by a VA Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant.
  • Due to both positions being entry level, the starting salary will be $51,000. Annual salary increases occur if the employee reaches their professional goals.
Benefits Information: https://careers.arlingtonva.us/working-arlington/benefits/ .

The official title for these positions is Paralegal I B

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

Are you willing to complete a pre-hire background check as a condition of employment? It may include extensive checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  • Yes
  • No


02

Please check ALL which describe your abilities as it relates to the minimum requirements. I have:
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Completed a paralegal certificate program recognized by the American Bar Association.
  • One year of experience working in a criminal justice or court system environment.
  • None of the above.


03

Have you completed a paralegal certificate program recognized by the American Bar Association?
  • Yes
  • No


04

How many years of experience do you have as a paralegal, legal assistant, or legal secretary?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 bur less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more


05

Please check ALL which describe your additional training and experience as it relates to the desired qualifications. I have additional training and experience in:
  • Case and docket management.
  • Working in a restorative justice system.
  • Working in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • Using Prosecutor by Karpel or similar case management software.
  • Using Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • None of the above.


06

Please describe your experience managing case dockets. Be sure to detail any additional duties that were involved with managing case dockets. If you do not have this experience, please type "N/A" in the space below.

07

Please describe your experience providing direct client informational support in a legal, court, human services or related environment. Include specific details of your role and the type of information provided and how the information was obtained/maintained for accuracy. If you do not have this experience, please type "N/A" in the space below.

08

Describe your proficiency in speaking and understanding Spanish by checking ONE of the answers below:
  • I do not speak or understand Spanish
  • I speak and understand Spanish if the conversation is slow and simple.
  • I speak and understand Spanish sufficiently well to answer general, multi-part questions.
  • I speak and understand Spanish fluently and can communicate on most general knowledge subjects with accuracy and precision.


Required Question

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