Full-Time Victim Advocate – Sheriff
Under general supervision of the Victim Assistance Program Coordinator, assists victims of crime through the judicial process by providing information regarding the legal process, investigation process, and resources such as shelter, treatment, education, legal assistance, and financial aid. Applicants hired under some grants must be fluent in Spanish and English.
Responds to hospitals, crime scenes, and other locations as requested by sworn Sheriff’s Office personnel to assist primary and secondary victims with crisis needs and to provide emotional support; assesses victims’ safety and other needs, informing them of available resources and acting as a liaison in obtaining services.
Assesses and reviews violent crime reports and ensures victims are contacted within established time frames.
Receives cases referred by Deputy Sheriffs and serves as a liaison between the victim, the referring deputy, and the attorney; educates each victim regarding the legal process and the rights afforded them under the law.
Assists victims in preparing and filing protective orders, stalking injunctions, and other legal forms.
Attends applicable court proceedings or ensures attendance of a volunteer, testifies as necessary and coordinates transportation of witnesses and/or victims and their families as needed.
Tracks case information, documents referrals and other actions, and writes reports on case progress; provides current address and phone number of victims to the Office of the County Attorney or Board of Pardons.
Collects statistical information for the Office of Crime Victim Reparations.
Coordinates with Juvenile Court, the Children’s Justice Center, medical and mental health professionals, and other related persons or agencies regarding services provided to victims.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS INCLUDE:
Knowledge of: the criminal justice process and victims’ rights; community resources available to victims for shelter, treatment, education, legal assistance, and financial aid.
Skill in: reading, writing, and basic math; word processing, spreadsheets and basic computer applications; using standard office equipment; filing, record keeping and record retrieval.
Ability to: stay calm while working with people in crisis situations; communicate and interact with individuals from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds in a professional manner; maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work activities; maintain confidentiality of sensitive records and information; work under minimal supervision; communicate fluently in Spanish and English if hired under a grant that requires it.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT:
Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and additional background checks as required.
Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, psychology, sociology, or a related field. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered. Selected applicants must pass a typing test at or above the rate of 40 WPM net. Applicants hired under some grants are required to be bilingual.
Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and obtain a valid State of Utah driver’s license within 60 days of employment.