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VICTIM WITNESS ADVOCATE I/II (Limited Term)
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Victim Witness Advocate needed to provide comprehensive services and support to crime victims. This is a grant funded position that will end December 2019. Apply now! This position is open until filled.
Job Number:
1230
Job Category:
Legal
Job Type:
Limited Term
Department:
District Attorney
Published:
02/20/2019
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FINAL FILING DATE

Apply immediately!  Position is open until filled.



COMPENSATION-BENEFITS-STATUS

Salary:  (I) $17.61-$21.44 or (II) $19.14-$23.27

Range: 10905/10906

Job Type:  Full-Time

Job Status: LIMITED TERM UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2019

Unit: Unrepresented

FLSA: Non-exempt

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POSITION SUMMARY

POSITION SUMMARY

Under supervision, provides comprehensive services and support to crime victims and witnesses; facilitates victim and witness appearances in court; provides referrals for victims and family members to public and private agencies for assistance; and performs related duties and responsibilities as required. 

This position is grant funded and will end 12/31/2019.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Victim/Witness Advocate I

This is the entry level in the Victim/Witness Advocate series.  Basic knowledge of the criminal justice system, strong organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills; ability to identify and be responsive to needs of victims of crimes and relate well to them; ability to demonstrate sensitivity to and establish rapport with victims of crime; ability to exhibit emotional stability under conditions of high stress; ability to understand and apply established program guidelines.  In addition, incumbents should be able to effectively interview program participants to obtain and record factual information, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, maintain confidentiality.

 

Victim/Witness Advocate II (In addition to the above)

This is the advanced level of the Victim/Witness Advocate series.  Intermediate knowledge of the criminal justice system, intermediate knowledge of the operations and practices of local law enforcement, court and other community partners; ability to work effectively with victims, witnesses, and prosecutors with limited supervision in rapidly changing situations and circumstances;  ability to demonstrate sensitivity to and establish rapport with victims in complex and/or high profile crimes; ability to understand and apply applicable laws, rules, and regulations as they relate to the established program guidelines.



EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

The information listed below lists the major duties of the job and is not all-inclusive; not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent; incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those listed here and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills. 

 

Victim/Witness Advocate I

  • Arranges for and accompanies victims and witnesses to case preparation meetings.
  • Accompanies victims and witnesses to court.
  • Provides referrals to counselling, educational, psychological, health, medical, and social services care providers. 
  • Provides referrals and facilitates access to emergency intervention services.
  • Explains established program guidelines and orients victims and witnesses to the criminal justice system.
  • Provides general victim resource information and emotional support to victims of crime.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses of crime to obtain factual information needed to determine eligibility for participation in the Victim Witness Assistance Program.
  • Assists victims with State Victim Compensation applications.
  • Provides victims with case status and disposition information.
  • Transports or coordinates transportation for victims and witnesses.

 

Victim/Witness Advocate II (In addition to the above)

  • Assist victims and witnesses in complex criminal matters and/or high profile crimes.
  • Assists victims with requests for the return of property held by the criminal justice system; assists victims of crime with requesting restitution.
  • Assists victims by providing victim’s family, friends, and/or employer with relevant and non-confidential information that may help minimize the impact of the crime.
  • Compiles statistical data for use in preparing reports and surveys.
  • Assists victims with appeals to the Victim Compensation Board for claims issues.
  • Prepares correspondence, memoranda, and reports.
  • Provides information regarding the applicable laws, rules and regulations relating to established program guidelines.



MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

Counseling and crisis intervention techniques in complex and/or high profile criminal matters; preparation of comprehensive statistical reports; Victim Compensation Program claims and appeals process; advanced knowledge of the Victim/Witness program and established program guidelines.

 

Skill and Ability to:

Provide information and emotional support to victims and witnesses in complex and/or high profile criminal matters; maintain a high degree of initiative; analyze criminal files for return of property issues; understand, apply and provide information on the applicable laws, rules, and regulations as they relate to established program guidelines; identify and compile relevant statistical data for use in preparing reports and surveys.

 

Education, Training and Experience:

 

Victim Witness Advocate I:

Equivalent to graduation from high school and one year of full time experience providing customer service in a professional office setting; AND either one (1) of the Options listed below:

 

  • Completion of fifteen (15) semester units of coursework in administration of justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, social welfare, or a closely related field. 

OR

  • One year experience of para-professional victim services, peer counseling, crisis intervention, social services, health services, or related experience.

 

Additional Requirements:

Victim Witness Advocate I applicants must successfully complete a minimum 40 hour entry-level victim advocacy course within one year of employment.

 

Victim Witness Advocate II: (in addition to above)

Minimum of three years performing the duties of a Victim Advocate I with increasing responsibility for complex cases.  Must successfully complete an advanced victim advocacy course.



SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have the ability to pass the California State Department of Justice Criminal History Background Check.

 



APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Interested individuals must submit the following:

  • Calaveras County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process.  Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process.  Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the interview process.



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Human Resources Division

891 Mountain Ranch Road, Building C, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone (209) 754-6303 ~ Fax (209) 754-6333 ~ hr@co.calaveras.ca.us

COUNTY APPLICATION

Calaveras County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), national origin, age (40 and above), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation ( heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, gender expression, transgender), medical conditions (cancer and genetic information including family medical history), disability (medical, mental or physical, including HIV or AIDS), request or denial of family medical care leave and pregnancy leave, AB60 driver's license or military or veteran status.

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