Crime Victim Advocate
Solicitor - State Court
[X] PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT [X] COUNTY EMPLOYEES
ANNOUNCEMENT DATES: April 30, 2021 – May 14, 2021
POSITION TITLE: Full-Time Crime Victim Advocate
# OF POSITIONS: 1 GRADE: 14
HOURLY RATE: $17.11 Hour
SUPERVISOR/DEPARTMENT: Amy Smith, Solicitor/State Court
TYPE OF POSITION: [X] CERTIFIED [ ] TEMPORARY [ ] PART-TIME
PURPOSE OF CLASSIFICATION
The purpose of this classification is to perform administrative, support, and counseling work functions associated with victim’s assistance qualification provided by the Victim’s Bill of Rights.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Criminal Justice and one (1) year experience working with crime victims, or Associates degree and a minimum of two year’s experience working with crime victims. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver's License.
Attached is a copy of the job description. Please review thoroughly. Applications are available online at houstoncountyga.org, the County Annex Building, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins and at the Houston County Public Works Department, 2018 Kings Chapel Road, Perry. Completed applications must be received prior to the end of the announcement dates in order to be considered. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the Personnel Department in Warner Robins or call 478-542-2005. As a last step prior to being employed, all applicants will be required to pass a drug test and criminal background check. The drug test/background check will be administered by a physician/agency selected by the Board of Commissioners.
HOUSTON COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Identify victims and initiate contact upon receipt of incident reports, daily jail list, or Court Calendars in compliance with the Georgia Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, and as early in the process as possible.
- Contact victims of crime through phone or mail concerning court cases and victim rights. Assess needs, make referrals or discuss court proceedings.
- Meet with victims of crime who present in the Solicitor’s Office.
- Serve as liaison between victims and investigators, Solicitor’s staff and attorneys and court personnel.
- Assess crime victims' needs and assist in arrangements for transportation, shelter, 911 emergency cell phones, door locks repair/replace, childcare or other areas as identified.
- Provide appropriate materials for victims of crime (brochures, support group fliers, local service numbers, etc.)
- Review pleas, arraignments, and bond calendars weekly for follow-up information to assist victims of crime
- Provide court accompaniment to crime victims and assistance in preparing Victim Impact Statements.
- Assist the victim and family members with understanding the process and what to expect at each stage of the case in the system.
- Assist the victim and family members with understanding all the legal terminology and strategy during the processing of the case.
- Advocate for restitution at the time of sentencing.
- Assist crime victims with registering for VINE notification and Board of pardons and Paroles information
- Assist crime victims in filling out victim compensation claim forms through the Georgia Crime Victim Compensation Program and in preparing victim impact statements.
- Establish and maintain professional rapport with Solicitor's office staff, Law Enforcement and other agencies.
- Maintain ethical guidelines as indicated by the Solicitor's office professional code of ethics.
- Maintain profession attire in the office and in the courtroom.
- Coordinate crime scene clean-up services through Victim's Compensation.
- Provide information and assistance with property return
- Provide post-sentence referrals and intervention as needed.
- Assist victims with safety planning.
- Provide information and advocacy regarding Temporary Protective Orders through referrals to the Salvation Army Safe House.
- Properly document all victim contact in casefiles or electronic database.
- Assist in the paperwork and documentation for federal grant projects related to this position.
- Any other duties as assigned by the Solicitor-General.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the practices, policies, procedures and methods of the Solicitor’s office and the Victim’s Bill of Rights; knowledge of the functions, programs and documentation associated with the Victim’s Rights; knowledge of the basic form and content of various legal instruments and documents; knowledge of the court structure and the requirements of various courts with respect to form of pleadings, briefs, filing of papers in court, etc.; knowledge of legal books and citations; knowledge of departmental functions, organization, and policies; knowledge of standard office practices and procedures; knowledge of secretarial techniques; knowledge of use of business English, grammar, punctuation, spelling and formatting of business correspondence; knowledge of filing and recordkeeping methods; knowledge of business mathematics; knowledge of standard office equipment; and knowledge of basic computer applications and techniques.
Skill in performing secretarial work functions; skill in operating standard office equipment; skill in typing; and skill in utilizing various computer software programs relevant to the position.
Ability to understand departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations; ability to perform advanced secretarial operations; involving transactions requiring effective accountability and accurate records; ability to organize work activities and establish priorities; ability to carry out projects with minimal supervision; ability to maintain confidentiality of department information; ability to gather and compile data for reports; ability to maintain a calendar of activities; ability to understand and follow detailed written and oral instructions; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to effectively screen telephone calls, visitors and mail and initiate problem resolution; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, inmates, officials, other agencies, and the general public; ability to establish and maintain effective filing systems; ability to maintain accurate bookkeeping records; ability to perform required mathematical calculations; ability to operate standard office equipment; ability to type accurately with appropriate speed; and ability to utilize various computer software programs relevant to the position.
Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate a variety of automated office equipment which may include a computer, printer, typewriter, copy machine, facsimile machine, calculator and telephone. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for light work.
DATA COMPREHENSION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things which may include forms, reports, legal documents, legal code books, directories, reference materials, and procedural manuals.
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange administrative, financial, legal, and court-related information, including giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants as well as communicating with officials and the general public.
LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of administrative, financial, legal, and court-related documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to complete forms and to write job related documentation and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.
INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex administrative, financial, legal, and court-related principles and techniques; to understand departmental policies and procedures; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.
VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.
NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals; multiply and divide totals; determine percentages; and determine time and weight.
FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment.
MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using automated office equipment.
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, automated office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
COLOR DIFFERENTIATION: May require the ability to discern color.
INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be able to adapt to and perform under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.
PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.