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Victim Services Advocate - Level 2
Summary
Title:Victim Services Advocate - Level 2
ID:1571
Department:Witness Aid Services Unit
Campaign Start Date:02/28/2017
Salary Range:$46,600
Description
Position Summary:
The New York County District Attorney's Office has an immediate opening in the Victim Assistance Center for a Victim Services Advocate - Level 2 in its Witness Aid Services Unit (WASU). In this position the Victim Services Advocate - Level 2 is responsible for providing a variety of court-related services, crisis counseling services, and concrete social services designed to meet the needs of crime victims, witnesses, and their families.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Conduct safety and needs assessments, and create an appropriate plan.
  • Provide a benefits screening to each client and identify eligibility for benefits.
  • Provide comprehensive advocacy and referrals to outside agencies on behalf of clients.
  • Provide concrete services designed to aid victims in overcoming the trauma caused by victimization.
  • Conduct crisis interviews with victims, witnesses, and their families.
  • Conduct follow up to ensure the client is in receipt of benefits and other services.
  • Handle heavy volume of crisis and information calls.
  • Orient clients to the prosecutorial process and provide case status information.
  • Ensure that clients are knowledgeable about their rights.
  • Liaise with victims and the assigned Assistant District Attorney with updates on the needs of the client and the services provided through WASU.
  • Carry a caseload.
  • Provide support and accompaniment during grand jury, trial and sentencing proceedings.
  • Responsible for performing all closing duties in the Victim Assistance Center daily, and report said duties to Supervisors.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity to victim issues a must.
  • Ability to handle high caseload and set priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Strong attention to detail and high concern for data accuracy.
  • Dependable team player who works collaboratively and cooperatively with staff in a team-oriented environment.
  • Must be able to perform under pressure in a fast-paced environment; detail oriented and self-motivated and able to multi-task.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all victims, witnesses, families, law enforcement officers and criminal justice personnel.
  • Ability to work overtime and flexible hours including holidays, evenings, and weekends.
Educational Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, or other social service field required.
  • Master’s Degree a plus.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Training in direct services and/or social work preferred.
  • Experience working with crime victims a plus.
  • Spanish bilingual skills a plus.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency a plus.

Commitment:

  • One (1) year commitment to the hiring bureau
The New York County District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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