Office of Prosecution Services Certified Victim Service Officer


Office of Prosecution Services

 

Certified Victim Service Officer

 

WORKSITE:                        Office of the District Attorney, Bessemer Cutoff

                                                Tenth Judicial Circuit

 

PURPOSE:                            To provide critical assistance and support to victims of crime

 

DUTIES:

  • Establish an initial personal line of communication with victims and provide assistance and support to victims during pre-trial procedures, trial, and the appellate process.
  •  Administer programs and implement policies to keep victims informed of the status of their case as it moves through the legal system.
  • Attended court dockets to provide support to victims.
  • Serve as liaison between victims and attorneys.
  • Respond to written and verbal inquiries made by victims concerning their case or the court process.
  • Develop reports and maintain documentation of victim information.
  • Assist in creating improved communication and collaboration among local victim service agencies.
  • Create and maintain a current list of local resources for victims.
  • Assist the Office of Prosecution Services in maintaining a state wide list of local resources for victims.
  • Inform victims of the availability of support services and assist victims in contacting and commencing the utilization of those services.
  • Provide victims with information to apply for restitution and to obtain return of property.
  • Advise victims of their right to compensation through the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund and assist in obtaining application forms.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or apparent.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Maintain and manage reports and records documenting victim services rendered.
  • Prepare program information including statistical reports, case files, and other information as required for grant reporting and evaluation purposes.
  • Develop, plan and make recommendations to enhance the victim service officer program.
  • Assist in the full implementation of the program project’s goals and objectives.

 

 

EXPERIENCE AND JOB KNOWLEDGE

 

  • High School Degree or Grant Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Fundamental working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of criminal process and its application to crimes and crime victims from initial investigation through final disposition.
  • Ability to deal with the public in difficult or stressful situations.
  • Ability to work with and manage materials in a confidential manner.
  • Ability to organize workload to efficiently prioritize and meet multiple demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with coworkers as a team player.
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of assignments.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to speak Spanish as a second language highly preferable

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INSTRUCTIONS:

SALARIES:  $45,000 Annually with Benefits

CANDIDATES WILL BE INTERVIEWED BEFORE A 5- PANEL COMMITTEE IN THE BESSEMER DA’S OFFICE.

CONTACT PERSON:         VALERIE HICKS HALE, CHIEF ASSISTANT DA

                                                powev@jccal.org

                                                (205) 497-8610

 

MAILING ADDRESS:        Office of the District Attorney, Bessemer Cutoff

                                      c/o Interview Panel for VSO

                                      1851 2nd Avenue North, Ste 110

                                      Bessemer, Alabama 35020

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