Victim Advocate

Providing Emotional and Material Support

$30,000

JOB DUTIES

Greets victims and witnesses upon arriving at court; explains the criminal justice system, processes, procedures, and  legal terminology to victims and witnesses; answers questions and provides information to assist them with the process of court proceedings and procedures, e.g. shelter, safety, transportation, compensation, therapy, and community referrals; ensures witnesses are present for hearings and appear at the appropriate times; accompanies victims to Court when they testify or when they are present for other hearings; provides court tours for victims and families to increase their awareness of the criminal justice system.

Assists prosecutors in case preparation through education and problem solving with victims and witnesses to ensure their cooperation and timely appearance in court; informs prosecutors of any potential witness problems or special needs of victims or witnesses; schedules witness appointments for prosecutors and schedules witnesses' trial appearance within a previously defined time frame or at attorney request, arranges transportation, food allowance, and hotel accommodations for out-of-state witnesses.

Works with staff to ensure all notification of “critical stages” (pursuant to the Victim’s Rights Amendment) is done accurately and in a timely manner; creates and maintains factual case records; familiarizes victims with legislation affecting their rights within the criminal justice system.

Initiates and responds to a wide variety of in-person and telephone contacts with crime victims, police, and lay witnesses to provide factual case-related information; communicates with personnel from various departments, e.g. Social Services, police agencies, probation offices, hospitals, doctor offices, detention facilities and schools, to support particular needs of victims and witnesses.

Generates simple correspondence; collects information for the preparation of petitions for payment of witness expenses, makes telephone calls to a variety of agencies regarding case status and other inquiries; reviews police reports on elder abuse cases and contacts social services to gather necessary additional information, e.g. the status of the case, appropriate handling of case.

Reviews new cases to determine whether new case filings are Victim's Rights cases or have a victim that requires notification; makes telephone calls to a variety of agencies regarding status of case and other inquiries; reads police reports for district court cases and contacts external agencies regarding the appropriate handling of case.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced interpersonal skills; ability to interact and communicate empathetically, clearly and effectively. 

Ability to gain considerable knowledge of: the criminal justice system, standard legal/court procedures and relevant legal terminology, and victimization issues, e.g. sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, child sex assault, at-risk victims, drug and alcohol abuse; ability to discuss same with victims and witnesses of crimes.

Ability to gain considerable knowledge of guidelines and statutes, e.g. Victim's Compensation policy, Colorado Revised Statutes, Victims’ Rights enabling legislation, Child Abuse and Neglect Interagency Agreement, bond hearings, subpoena requests, and restitution issues; ability to stay informed and updated on changing statutes.   Ability to provide criminal justice system education, status of cases, court support, and referral services to victims.  Ability to quickly learn and internalize information about community agencies and relevant resources.

Considerable knowledge of standard office procedures and ability to work as part of a team. To be able to become familiar with and internalize relevant forms to the specific unit and/or assignment.  Ability to operate standard office equipment and gain working knowledge of word processing/database programs.

Ability to organize, prioritize, and plan aspects of work, and handle considerable detail and volume.  Ability to be persistent and persuasive, and perform under pressure in stressful situations with courtesy and tact. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, co-workers, attorneys, other law enforcement agency personnel, and the public, including victims and witnesses, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with same.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in victim assistance, human services, criminal justice or closely related field preferred. Comparable education and experience may be considered.

Deadline To Apply
Monday, October 05, 2020

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the ongoing policy and practice of the Office of the District Attorney – 11th Judicial District of Colorado (District Attorney’s Office) to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, transgendered status, creed, and retaliation. This policy of equal employment opportunity shall apply to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including: hiring, testing, training and development, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, discipline, terminations, layoffs, and social and recreation programs.

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