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Victim Witness Coordinator
NON-BARGAINING UNIT POSITION
POSITION: VICTIM WITNESS COORDINATOR
Full-Time, 80 hours/pay
DEPARTMENT: OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
COURTHOUSE, FRANKLIN, PA
PAY GRADE: Non-Union Hourly Six
This position is responsible for managing, coordinating, monitoring and providing case assistance for criminal cases within the Venango County District Attorney’s Office. The Victim Witness Coordinator will establish communications with victims and witnesses or their advocates, advise victims of their statutory rights, keep victims and witnesses informed of the status of the criminal case, provide victims and witnesses with information, locate victims and witnesses required for effective prosecution and assist with case management. Additionally, the Victim Witness Coordinator is responsible for tracking stats and applying for and maintaining grants.
Directly supervised by the District Attorney. Receives occasional instruction and some supervision in regard to daily work duties from the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
- Administers programs and implements policies to keep victims and witnesses informed of the status of their case as it moves through the legal system.
- Provides victims and witnesses with information on the basic concepts of the various proceedings in criminal cases and advises victims of statutory rights and availability of support services.
- Provides accompaniment to victims and witnesses to court appearances as requested.
- Advises victims and witnesses of court dates and assists them with securing time off from work/school and, where required, travel and lodging.
- Serves as a liaison between victims and attorneys, consulting with attorneys in regard to victim opinion. Schedules and participates in interviews with attorneys as requested by attorneys.
- Provides victims with information to apply for restitution and obtain return of property.
- Advises victims of their rights to apply for compensation through the Victim’s Compensation Assistance Program and assist in completing application forms.
- Maintain current database of information for victims including contact information.
- Maintain and manage reports and records documenting victim services rendered.
- Compile statistical data regarding victim contact and submit required reports.
- Maintain and make application for various grants that fund victim witness services.
- Completes other duties as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Must be able to speak and understand the English language in an understandable manner in order to carry out essential job duties.
- Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Must possess initiative and problem solving skills.
- Must possess ability to function independently, have flexibility and the ability to work effectively with clients, co-workers and others.
- Must possess ability to maintain confidentiality in regard to client information and records.
- Must possess ability to operate personal computer and related software, to type and utilize other office equipment and to prepare required reports.
- Must attend Foundational Academy upon hire.
- Must complete 10 hours of continuing education per year.
- Must be able understand grants and application procedure for grants.
- Must possess ability to make accurate observations and documentation of same in regard to clients’ needs and make determinations of risk assessment.
- Must possess knowledge of child development and the ability to conduct assessments.
- Must possess the ability to express empathy and understanding to all clients.
- Must be able to interact effectively with children and youth, department staff, counselors, attorneys and the courts.
- Must have some knowledge of the judicial and court system as it relates to child services.
- Must have transportation available and a willingness to travel for work-related job duties.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice or the Behavioral Sciences; graduate study in the educational, behavioral or social sciences may be substituted for required experience at the rate of twelve (12) credits for every six (6) months of experience. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. Act 33 and 34 Clearances required.
One year of experience as a rape crisis/domestic violence advocate; OR any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has provided the qualifications cited above. Previous grant writing and administration is a plus.
Must obtain clearances and pass a background check. Must not appear on Preclusion Lists as defined by “Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance Bulletin 99-11-05 Provider Screening of Employees and Contractors for Exclusion from Participating in Federal Healthcare Programs.”
Must successfully complete pre-employment drug screening.
HOW TO APPLY
All interested, qualified individuals should contact Human Resources at 432-9556. A County application is required for consideration.
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
VENANGO COUNTY IS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
APPLICANTS WHO REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY SHOULD CONTACT 432-9552 FOR ASSISTANCE.