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Victims Advocate

Company: State of Wyoming
Location: Casper
Posted on: October 8, 2019

Job Description:

Education - Bachelor's Degree Description and Functions Open Until Filled GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This position is a Victim/Witness advocate involving Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. It is a Grant funded position. Human Resource Contact: Michele Hollister ************ ************************* ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level. Educates individuals, staff, guardians, and community members. Implements policy and procedures for protection of victim rights. Develops and maintains appropriate reporting systems. Informs victims about their constitutional and statutory mandated victim's rights as they pertain to the Criminal Justice System. Refers victims to appropriate agency to secure Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment. Assists in preparing victims and witnesses to testify at court hearings, explaining court process and proceedings, and advising them of the progress of their case. Accompanies and provides courtroom support for victims and/or witnesses. Explains court rulings, processes property release forms and provides victims with appropriate referrals to follow up services after sentencing. Provides case status and criminal justice information to victims and/or witnesses. Enters and maintains pertinent data and statistical records on victims served and services provided into designated computer systems/software programs. Serves as the primary point of contact and works with a variety of sources to attempt collection of money paid from the crime victim's compensation fund. Responsible for tracking and reporting funds collected. Responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing annual conferences including managing the contracts associated with the conference. Advocates for rights and quality of care of individuals. Develops and maintains appropriate reporting systems. Conducts internal investigations of abuse/neglect/rights violations as appropriate. Attends meetings with teams of individuals served as needed to protect rights and improve the quality of life. Participates with/ advises and provides direction regarding rights issues in all areas of the agency's business. Reviews practices to maintain compliance with state and federal laws. Participates in development of policies, procedures, rules and law making. Qualifications PREFERENCES: The successful candidate must be personable. Must have the ability to pay attention to details. KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of applicable laws including child and adult protection, licensure and agency statutes. Knowledge of the specialized needs of individuals with disabilities including people with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental illness. Knowledge of client Rights and advocacy issues. Knowledge of court procedures, crisis investigation, and testimony in court. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Bachelor's Degree (typically in Social Services) Experience: 0-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Victim Services) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Client Services Advocate OR Education & Experience Substitution: 3-5 years of progressive work experience (typically in Victim Services) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Client Services Advocate Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None Necessary Special Requirements PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: There is a lot of sitting, typing and phone usage involved with this position. NOTES: FLSA: All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly. This position may require a background information check INCLUDING the taking of fingerprints, which will be completed through the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation, The Department of Family Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for every successful applicant. Supplemental Information 157-Natrona County District Attorney's Office. Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure. URL: **************************************************** The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

Keywords: State of Wyoming, Casper , Victims Advocate, Other , Casper, Wyoming

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