Victim Advocate

Multnomah County, OR - Portland, OR4.1

Overview Are you an experienced professional with a commitment to justice and to providing support for victims of crime? If so, then the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office invites your application for the position of Victim Advocate. As a Victim Advocate you will contact, aid, assist, and support victims of crime for the District Attorney's Office in the following ways:
  • Contact crime victims to inform them of their rights, assist them to navigate the criminal justice process.
  • Provide emotional support to crime victims.
  • Accompany victims to court.
  • Collaborate with Deputy District Attorneys and/or other agencies as needed to provide the best service to crime victims.
  • Provide immediate crisis intervention to victims.
  • Serve as a liaison for crime victims in dealings with police officers, attorneys, physicians, family, community and others.
  • Refer victims to appropriate resources in the community.
  • Represent the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program at speaking engagements, conferences, etc.
Our Victims Assistance Program strives to ensure crime victims have a meaningful role in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and treats them with dignity and respect. It is our primary goal to make the criminal justice system more responsive to individual citizens, particularly to the victims of crime and to inform crime victims of the rights afforded to them.

Most Victim Advocate positions are full-time, however this list may be used to fill full-time, part-time, temporary, limited duration and on-call openings. If you are interested in joining our team of dynamic individuals, we encourage you to apply.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Qualify Required Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:*
  • Associate degree from an accredited college or university with course work in social work, psychology, sociology, or a related field.
  • Two years of responsible community service experience which would demonstrate the ability to do the job.
Preferred Special Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:
  • Knowledge and/or experience in victim advocacy, criminal justice procedures, and victim rights under Oregon law within the last five years.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with course work in criminal justice, social work, psychology, sociology, or a related field.
  • Experience working in the public sector within the last five years.
  • Experience providing direct services to victims of crime.
  • Bilingual skill in any language.
Other: Applicants must possess an Oregon Driver's License and proof of insurance and be able to meet with and/or transport victims and others to and from various locations throughout the county.

Candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation and post-offer urine drug screen.

During the interview process, you will be asked to sign a disclosure statement about the arrests and convictions of immediate family members and close relations pursuant to our policy regarding Outside Associations. Immediate family is defined to include parents, spouse, spouse equivalent, brother, sister, children, grandparents, or any individual where the relationship is close or intimate, or a roommate. An answer of "Yes" to any Outside Associations will not automatically disqualify an applicant.

Screening and Evaluation Application Requirements: The application packet consists of the following:
  • Online application: Explain all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in the education and work experience sections of the application.
  • Responses to supplemental questions: Keep in mind we may use your responses to supplemental questions as a screening tool, without reviewing the remainder of your application or attachments. The quality and strength of your answers may determine if you move forward in the process. Respond to each question completely and concisely. Refer to your relevant experience (paid or unpaid) and training.
  • The Selection Process: We expect to evaluate candidates as follows:
  • Application review: We will review the education and work experience sections of the applications to identify the candidates who meet the minimum qualifications as stated in this announcement. We may conduct a more thorough review of all remaining applications to identify the most qualified candidates.
  • Supplemental question review: Respond to each of the questions individually and completely, while explaining relevant experience (paid or unpaid) and training related to each item. The quality, complexity, and accomplishments that you provide will determine whether your application is advanced further in the recruitment process.
  • Oral exam: A scored interview.
  • Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a hiring interview, and/or additional testing to determine the best candidates for a position.
  • Background check and reference checks: All finalists must pass a thorough background and reference check.
  • Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process.

Additional Information Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible for overtime.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans' preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans' preference website for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Multnomah County offers a comprehensive benefit package to all eligible employees. A few highlights include:
  • Health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx through Moda Health or Kaiser Permanente).
  • Qualify for a defined benefit pension after five years of vesting; we pick up the employee's share of the retirement contribution (6% of subject wages).
  • Generous paid leave.
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Optional deferred compensation and flexible spending accounts.
  • Access to a free Tri-Met bus pass.
  • Wellness resources.