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STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 10TH CIRCUIT-VICTIM ADVOCATE I - 21010524

Date: Nov 25, 2021

Location: BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 478543 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission

Working Title: STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 10TH CIRCUIT-VICTIM ADVOCATE I - 21010524

Position Number: 21010524 

Salary:  $30,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2021 

Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit

JOB TITLE:                 Victim Advocate I

DEPARTMENT:         Administration

CLASS CODE:           6531

PAY GRADE:             44

SALARY RANGE:      $30,000.00

EEO CODE:               06

WORK SCHEDULE:  M-F 8AM-5PM

JOB LOCATION:       Bartow

FLSA STATUS:          Included

RETIREMENT:           Regular

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF WORK:

The purpose of this position is to provide direct support to victims of crime through each stage of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System; to provide support to secondary victims and witnesses as needed; and to act as a liaison between the Assistant State Attorney and the victims/witnesses involved in the criminal cases prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney.

Work is performed under the close supervision of a higher-level employee.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES:

•           Acts as liaison between the Assistant State Attorney and the victims/witnesses involved in criminal cases prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney. Explains to victims and witnesses the stages of their case including the purpose of their being subpoenaed and the importance of being available for trial on the date they are to appear;

•           Maintains and documents ongoing contact with victims/witnesses.  Keeps victims informed of their right to attend each crucial stage of the Criminal or Juvenile court hearing;

•           If victim/witnesses have not called within a reasonable period of time after being served a subpoena, the liaison tries to contact them, when possible, and advises them of court calendar procedures.  Contacts said victim/witnesses when attorney requests a piece of information or advises what time they will be needed for trial or when;

•           Inform victims of right to request and receive restitution. Help victim document financial loss as a direct result of crime to assist ASA determine appropriate amount of restitution. Provide assistance to victims to file for Victim Compensation through the Attorney General’s Office;

  • Notifies victim/witnesses of any scheduling changes in Criminal or Juvenile Proceedings;
  • Makes initial contact with victims of violent crimes to interview such victims and assist them in completing appropriate sworn statements or affidavits consistent with office policy;
  • Submits to attorneys a complete analysis of each interview including information regarding the reliability and credibility of the witness, the weakness of the case caused by inability or reluctance of victim/witness to testify for any reason. Reports any special concerns the victim/witness has regarding their safety and/or disposition of the case;
  • Provides victims with information regarding their rights under Chapter 960. Assists with Victim Impact Statements as needed.  Explains to victim/witness their role in the CJS or JJS process including what the victim/witness may expect from the system as well as what the system expects from the victim/witness;
  • Acts as the primary emotional support for victims and witnesses and provides guidance to them during the criminal justice process.  Assesses needs of victims and witnesses and offers referrals for community resources when appropriate;
  • Upon request, notifies victim/witness employer that their cooperation may necessitate absence from work and explains to creditors the reasons for financial hardship when it is the direct result of crime;
  • Works with ASA to help the victim/witness with Court Preparation, Courtroom Orientation and Court Accompaniment as needed or requested;
  • Upon request, assists victim to have property held for evidentiary purposes and  returned at the conclusion of case unless there is a compelling reason to retain it;
  • Appropriately documents all contacts with victims/witnesses in case notes, in case management system and/or in memorandums to the A.S.A.  Keeps track of all services provided to report to grant providers when appropriate;
  • Provides other services as needed such as transportation, arranging for separate Pre-Trial waiting areas and securing appropriate translator services as needed or requested;
  • Performs related work as required.

NOTE:  DUTIES ARE ILLUSTRATIVE AND NOT EXHAUSTIVE.  THE OMISSION OF SPECIFIC STATEMENTS OF DUTIES DOES NOT EXCLUDE THEM FROM THE POSITION IF THE WORK IS SIMILAR, RELATED, OR A LOGICAL ASSIGNMENT TO THE POSITION.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Dependable and routine in-office attendance especially on-time arrival to help ASA prepare victims for court;
  • Ability to focus and pay attention to detail;
  • Ability to read and comprehend;
  • Efficient typing skills;
  • Effective and efficient communication skills and ability to interact professionally with other employees, members of the public and stakeholders;
  • Perform quality work within deadlines;
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office machinery;
  • Ability to read and follow rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Work effectively as a team contributor as well as independently;
  • Comply with all Public Records statutes and policies;
  • Travel as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, including but not limited to the various stages involved in the prosecution of cases;
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with victims, attorneys, and clerical staff;
  • Ability to establish and meet deadlines in a timely fashion;
  • Proficient in case management;

EDUCATION/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A high school diploma or equivalency and experience in the area of criminal justice, social science, counseling, public contact or customer service; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for required experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to maintain files, supplies, and documents.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust to focus;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • The employee is required to have a valid driver’s license;
  • Applicant must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated above.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions;

BENEFITS:

Benefits include, but are not limited to, health, dental, vision, life, paid annual and sick leave, paid state holidays, and a State retirement package.  State employees are required to participate in the State of Florida Direct Deposit Program and contribute 3% of monthly gross (pre-tax) to the Florida Retirement System.

POLICIES:

The State Attorney's Office has a harassment-free workplace policy and professional conduct requirement.  Employees must practice safe workplace procedures and follow policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and honesty.  Employees must maintain satisfactory work attendance and job performance level.

Applicants considered for employment will be required to pass a comprehensive background check including fingerprinting.  We hire only U.S. Citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.  The State Attorney's Office, through the Justice Administrative Commission, participates in the U.S. Government's Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).    E-Verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee's eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9).  

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants may complete and submit their application through the Florida Department of Management Services, People First career service center.  For more information about the position, please contact:

Nicki Offermann

Personnel Director

State Attorney’s Office

255 North Broadway

Bartow, FL 33830

Telephone: (863) 534-4898

Fax: (863) 534-4820  

If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

This position is open to internal and external applicants.  We reserve the right to consider State Attorney’s Office employees for promotion or transfer prior to contacting persons not employed by the State Attorney’s Office.

All offers of employment will be conditioned upon a satisfactory criminal history background check.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


Nearest Major Market: Lakeland