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
- 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
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
MAILING ADDRESS: Office of the District Attorney, Bessemer Cutoff
c/o Interview Panel for VSO
1851 2nd Avenue North, Ste 110
Bessemer, Alabama 35020