Victim Advocate (At-Will)

Pinal County - Eloy, AZ3.3

Note: This position will be located at the Family Advocacy Center in Eloy, Arizona. The position will be part-time hourly, involving 20 hours of work/week coordinating and implementing grant deliverables on a domestic violence project funded by the Victims of Crime Act. This position may include some after-hours response to the Family Advocacy Center to assist crime victims.

This is a grant funded position where continued employment is contingent upon available funding.
***This position is not covered under the Pinal County Merit System. Incumbents in this position serve at the pleasure of their respective Appointing Authority. The employment relationship of incumbents in this position is "at will" the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, with or without cause. ***

Provide assistance services to the victims of crimes as a caseworker for the Pinal County Attorney's Office (PCAO) and provide advocacy, assistance, information, and special services to victims of crimes in compliance with Arizona statutes and regulations and PCAO policies and procedures under basic supervision.

Example of Duties
Work in this classification requires an individual to be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary classification functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this classification may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in this classification description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this description.

Provide caseworker services to assist victims of crimes, provide information on the procedures of the criminal justice system, and act as advocate to assure services are provided and resources are available as needed.
Provide crisis intervention and direct services, information, and assistance to victims within scope of designated authority.
Educate clients on victim advocacy services and support programs available, act as liaison with law enforcement and prosecutors, review cases, and determine victim assistance needs.
Provide case management services and explain how the criminal justice system works.
Notify victims of case status, criminal proceedings, trials, court hearings, and case dispositions and explain the PCAO programs, procedures, and services for clients regarding the legal process and the rights afforded them under the law.
Work with courts and attorneys to assure victim's rights are addressed.
Maintain statistics and activity logs, document client contacts, and assure the accuracy of the case files.
Create, update, and maintain records and case files and research files and computer databases.
Notify victims of the defendant's court appearances, outcome, legal status, and release date and attend court hearings and legal proceedings as needed.
Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the County Attorney's Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, customer records and restricted County information.
Perform other related duties as required.

Coordinate the victim advocacy component of the medical forensic project for victims of domestic violence funded through the Victims of Crime Act Grant
Offer direct victim advocacy center services as needed onsite at the Family Advocacy Centers in Eloy and San Tan Valley
Complete grant deliverables including documentation and submission of quarterly reports to grantor
Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the County Attorney's Office by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
Minimum Requirements

Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, Social Services, or related field.
One (1) year of social services experience.
Must pass a thorough background investigation.
Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience may substitute for the minimum requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree is Criminal Justice, Social Work, Nursing or other human services related field
Previous work experience with victims of domestic violence
Previous experience implementing state or federally funded projects involving victims of crime
Valid Arizona State Driver's License
Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of County Attorney's Office policies and procedures.
Knowledge of state regulations and standards governing the administration of victims' rights laws, including Arizona Revised Statutes A.R.S. §§ Title 13 - Criminal Code and Arizona Attorney General's Office of Victims' Services.
Knowledge of Arizona criminal justice and court systems, procedures, and protocols.
Knowledge of Arizona laws and regulations governing the release of information from law enforcement records.
Knowledge of principles of caseload management, record keeping, and records management.
Skill in interviewing techniques applicable to victim advocacy services.
Skill in interpreting and applying criminal laws to a variety of information, evidence, and other investigative data.
Skill in identifying and assessing victim's needs and adversarial situations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and law enforcement and justice agencies.
Ability to operate a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to interact with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and local agencies.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

The work is sedentary and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. The work also requires the ability to finger, perform repetitive motion, hear, speak, and demonstrate mental and visual acuity.

Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires the ability to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs. Some travel throughout the county is required.