Victim Services Specialist Ii (probation Counselor Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Posted
Jun 19, 2021
Closes
Jul 03, 2021
Ref
21-01214
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Police Departments Victim Services Division is seeking to fill the position of a Victim Services Specialist to join our Spanish Speaking Unit. This position will be located at the Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters. Ensures support and provision of crime victim services to Spanish speaking victims of violent crimes. Provides crisis counseling, advocacy and assistance within a law enforcement environment to Spanish speaking victims of crime and their families 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. Responds to call-outs including on weekends and holidays to crime scenes or other locations to provide crisis intervention for follow-up resources and provide information and support regarding the criminal justice system.

Position may be underfilled as a Victim Services Specialist I (Probation Counselor I) (S20); the Underfill Requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)

  • 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 QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, 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.

UNDERFILL REQUIREMENTS:
This position may be underfilled as a Victim Services Specialist I (Probation Counselor I) (Grade S20; $49,380.03 - $82,299.15). The employment standards for the Victim Services Specialist I (Probation Counselor I) are: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in social/behavioral sciences, law enforcement, or education.

Applicants hired at the Victim Services Specialist I (Probation Counselor I) will be non-competitively promoted to the Victim Services Specialist II (Probation Counselor II) level upon successful completion of an underfill agreement.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and English required. Minimum of three years’ experience providing services to victims of crime. Strongly prefer experience in working in system based victim advocacy field.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, child protective services registry check, driver's license check, polygraph exam and public safety background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to drive an automobile; ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and to sit for long periods. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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.