Post Date: 12/24/2019
Close Date: 01/31/2020
Victim Advocate, Lead – Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
This recruitment will remain open until filled. A first review will be conducted for all applications received by December 30, 2019.
This position serves as the lead advocate in the Victim Assistance Unit. Lead responsibilities include training and mentoring other advocates, serving as a knowledge based resource when advocates have problems or challenges, making recommendations regarding work assignments, processes, training needs and resource allocation, recommends guidelines for prioritizing and assigning work as well as coordination of coverage, recommends best practices, provides input on effectiveness of advocacy for victims, assists with seeking, obtaining and reporting on grants. The lead advocate also works as member of the criminal prosecution team on assigned cases to provide advocacy to victims by providing information and support to crime victims. Duties include initiating contact with victims and witnesses, explaining court processes, providing in-court assistance, scheduling and participating in interviews, assessing needs and referring victims to community resources. Other duties include gathering, verifying and recommending restitution and preparing and submitting restitution reports. Incumbents may be required to testify in court or make presentations to community groups regarding restitution or victims’ rights.
This position is represented by Local 11 OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO).
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in justice, counseling, psychology, social sciences or a related field is desired.
• Two years’ experience as a systems based Victim Advocate and at least one year of experience coordinating, leading or supervising the work of others.
Knowledge of: laws and regulations related to victim/witness' rights, the criminal justice system; Superior, District and Juvenile Courts procedures; local support and health services; principles and practices of victim advocacy services and accessing resources including crisis intervention services. Principles and practices of interviewing and counseling, administrative practices involved in office operations, principles of supervision and available community resources and programs.
Ability to: articulate information to crime victims and their families; help navigate the criminal justice system for a victim;, work well with people from all walks of life; coordinate with partner agencies; provide ongoing supportive services for crime victims; interpret and apply applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, negotiate and mediate resolutions; conduct interviews coordinate work activites and guide others in the performance of work; assess people and situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; prepare reports, maintain detailed records and make presentations; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities will be considered.
HOW TO APPLY:
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at http://www.clark.wa.gov/human-resources/documents
If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.
Salary Grade: Local 11.711 ($25.25 - $32.30) per hour
Close Date: Open Until Filled