Victim Advocate

Arapahoe County, CO - Englewood, CO3.4

Full-time
This is a grant funded position**

Under the direct supervision of the Victim Assistance Coordinator, this position provides professional and administrative support, information and resources to victims of crimes.

***ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE IS $45,973.00 - $57,467.00***

Duties

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. In addition, the Sheriff's Office reserves the right to change the duties and essential functions of this job at any time.

Provides comprehensive direct services to crime victims while fulfilling responsibilities mandated by the Victim Rights Amendment, including first response with victims of crime in unincorporated Arapahoe County, the City of Centennial, and other jurisdictions as requested.
Educates (and assists if necessary) victims or other community members on how to obtain and enforce protection orders.
Provides crisis intervention in the immediate aftermath of a crime through the investigation and the return of property.
Aids victims in their effort towards the process of recovery, through intervention and advocacy.
Functions as a liaison between victims, other community members, and allied professionals with Patrol and Detention Deputies, Investigators, and the criminal justice system in its entirety.
Provides information and referrals to community programs and resources as well as assists with applications and requirements for Victim Compensation if needed.
Transports victims and/or their families to shelters or other safe locations as needed throughout the investigation process.
Provides support and case status information until the victim has been transitioned through the court system, and if necessary, for an extended period of time.
Provides support and resources through the transition to community programs.
Works closely with victim's families in an effort to help them aid their victimized family member.
Ensures that notification is properly made by our detention facility from booking through post-sentencing release, particularly in the event victims have relocated and/or changed contact information, in an effort to maintain the victim's safety since the original arrest information was gathered.
Participates in facilitation of community debriefing and educational support for major incidents.
Communicates with and acts as a liaison with other Law Enforcement Victim Advocate units, Victim/Witness Advocates in the courts, and/or other allied professionals.
Represents the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and/or the Victim Advocate Program on boards or panels as requested or needed.
Assists with monitoring and maintaining the Community Resource Directory for yearly update and distribution.
Provides resource information to families of out of control juveniles.
Provides support and information for community treatment providers.
Assists in the coordination and administration of the volunteer program.
Assists with maintaining the Victim Advocate Program training material.
Works closely with Victim Advocate Program volunteers, in following up with victims in after-hours situations.
Maintains accurate client records and other databases.
Monitors daily case activity.
Does not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of himself/herself or others.
Operates computers and standard office equipment including commonly used computer software programs.
Is committed to a high standard of safety laws and all of the Sheriff's Office policies and procedures and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.
Maintains regular and acceptable attendance at such level as determined at the Sheriff's Office discretion.
Is available and willing to work such overtime per day or per week as the Sheriff's Office determines is necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
Is available and willing to work such weekends and holidays as the Sheriff's Office determines are necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
Performs duties onsite, except those job duties that are customarily or by nature performed offsite.
Follows and supports the mission, values, organizational philosophies, operational principals, code of conduct, and policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.
Interacts effectively with others.
Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge on how to be an advocate for victims.
Knowledge of computers and commonly used computer software programs.
Skilled in conflict resolution.
Ability to operate computers and commonly used computer software programs, as well as any other standard office equipment as required by position.
Ability to remain sensitive and supportive to victims, without becoming emotionally involved in their issues.
Ability to keep and open, non-judgmental attitude towards victims, regardless of the circumstances.
Ability to explain the intricacies of the investigation and court process.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow workers, court officials, other law enforcement officials and the general public.
Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English.
Ability to apply sound reasoning and decision-making.
Ability to interact in a professional manner with all staff.
Ability to get along well with others.
Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION: Associate Degree in Human Services, Criminal Justice or related field.
EXPERIENCE: Completion of a law enforcement Victim Advocate training program provided by a law enforcement agency.
OR
Any combination of education and experience that satisfy the requirements of the job as approved by the Sheriff.

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES: None.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science and three (3) years full-time experience performing Victim Advocate duties at a law enforcement agency.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must possess CPR and First Aid certification within the initial status period.
Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Must be available for 24 hour on call as scheduled or as needed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all inclusive.

Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly: Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.
Spends 80% of the time sitting, 10% standing and 10% walking while on the job.
Constantly uses eye, hand and finger coordination enabling the use of automated office machinery and writing utensils.
Constantly involved in oral and auditory interaction, enabling interpersonal communication.
Frequently uses visual capacity enabling completion of required office duties.
Occasionally stoops, kneels. Crouches and balances while filing or operating office machinery.
Occasionally lifts or carries up to 20 lbs. when moving office supplies or files.
Supplemental Information

APPLICANT DISQUALIFICATION FACTORS:
Applicants are advised that areas for disqualification from further consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

Illegal Drug Use. Applicants who have recent illegal drug usage will be disqualified. Recent drug use includes marijuana within 1 year and all other illegal drug use within the past 5 years. All other illegal drug use will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Any felony conviction
Driving Record. This includes receiving a DUI within the past 5 years, having your Driver's License suspended for any reason within the past 5 years, and having five (5) or more tickets within the past 5 years.
Outside activities which may be deemed a conflict of interest
Revelation or discovery of assaultive behavior
Documented record of prior work performance
Unsuccessful completion of any basic requirement
Inability to perform the essential functions of the position
Police history - type, frequency and nature of contacts(s).
Providing false or misleading information during the application / selection process.

It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to not discuss the reasons why applicants were not selected for hire. There is no flexibility to this policy. Applicants may be notified of their disqualification at any point in the selection process. If you receive such a notice, it simply means that you do not meet our standards at this time. Receiving this notice does not indicate that you are ineligible to apply with other agencies.

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS:
The screening process for any position within the Sheriff's Office may include written test(s), an oral interview, skills test(s) and/or other selection methods designed to measure applicants' ability to perform the essential functions of the job they are seeking. Required examinations also include, upon a conditional job offer:
Polygraph Examination.
Psychological Evaluation (for certain positions).
Medical Examination, including a drug screen.
Background Investigation. This will include, but is not limited to contact with the applicant's former employers, associates, neighbors and other pertinent sources. Applicant's military history, school records, police records and driving record will also be investigated. All examinations are conducted by qualified/licensed individuals designated by the Sheriff's Office at the Sheriff's Office expense.

EXPECTED DURATION OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
Due to the nature of the application and selection process for the Sheriff's Office, applicants can reasonably expect the application process to take a significant amount of time to complete before a decision is made to hire or not to hire. Typically, it takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks from the date of application to complete the entire selection process. The length of time it takes to complete the process can vary depending on a variety of factors. Please note that this is an estimated duration of the selection process.

WORK SCHEDULES:
Employees are required to work the time periods and/or shifts, rotational and/or stationary, and location assignment, consistent with the needs of the Sheriff's Office.

DUTY ASSIGNMENTS:
All applicants hired by the Sheriff serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Arapahoe County and may be assigned to any of the agencies bureaus, sections or units at the discretion of the Sheriff or his duly appointed representative. Employment is at the will and pleasure of the Sheriff, per Colorado State Statute: 30-10-506. Written policies and other manuals do not alter the at will status of employment.

COMMUNITY POLICING:
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is committed to the implementation of the community-policing concept. Community policing is an organizational strategy and philosophy which emphasizes problem solving partnerships between the Sheriff's Office, neighborhoods and businesses, working together to create a better quality of life within the community.

INITIAL STATUS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
Successful applicants are subject to an initial status period of employment. This initial status period is 12 months for all positions. The initial status period is regarded as part of the applicant's examination process and will be utilized for purposes of employee evaluation, training and adjustment to the demands of the profession. New employees, who fail to perform satisfactorily during the period, may be separated from the Sheriff's Office, depending on the circumstance of each case.

POLICY ON REAPPLICATION
Applicants who failed a written test may reapply and retest no sooner than six months from the date of they took the written test. All other applicants who are disqualified can reapply with the Sheriff's Office no sooner than one year from the date of notification of non-selection.

This job announcement does not constitute a contract of employment. Should there be any discrepancy or error in this job announcement, the applicable policy or pay rate will apply. The Sheriff's Office retains the right to amend this job announcement at any time without notice.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer, who fully supports and complies with ADA.