VICTIM SPECIALIST I

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$53,393.60 - $81,598.40 Annually
Posted
Jul 21, 2021
Closes
Jul 30, 2021
Ref
9416-22A-CWA-HQ
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County is seeking to fill a full-time Victim Specialist position in the Victim Witness Program. This position provides advocacy and other support services, such as referrals for supportive counseling to crime victims; and serves as a resource to staff and community groups. This individual serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population.

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 and case management 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;
  • Assisting victims by providing information on their rights and on the court process;
  • Providing crisis intervention and referrals for supportive counseling to crime victims and/or families to assist them in alleviating the traumatic effects of crime;
  • Serving as liaison with victims, prosecution, law enforcement, court officials and allied professionals;
  • Using the police department's database to obtain and review police reports to assist with preparing cases for trial;
  • Compiling information relevant to cases;
  • Representing the Victim/Witness Program in community events and/or providing training on victim services;
  • Participating and facilitating community outreach;
  • Acting as a resource to staff and community groups concerning crime victim programs and services; and
  • Serving as member of the Project PEACE Task Force by participating in meetings and working collaboratively with the Police Department's Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Doorways court advocate.
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: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Counseling, or other related field, plus experience providing services to crime victims and/or witnesses, which included case management.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Paralegal Certificate approved by the American Bar Association may be substituted for up to two years of the education requirement.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Experience working in a court system environment;
  • Experience working as a liaison between departments and outside agencies;
  • Working in a restorative justice system;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced professional environment;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish;
  • Experience with the Client Information Management System (CIMS) or Prosecutor by Karpel (PBK); and/or
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.

Special Requirements
The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

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