Court Domestic Violence Intervention Assessor (Term-Limited Temporary)

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 4 months ago

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

The Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is one of the highest volume Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in the State of Washington with 12 judicial officers and over 200 staff. It was established in accordance with State law and is the judicial branch of government for the City. The Court is authorized by the State of Washington and the Seattle Municipal Code to hear and decide both criminal and civil matters. For more information on the Seattle Municipal Court, visit www.seattle.gov/courts.

The Programs and Services Division of the Court is committed to protecting the public interest and safety by reducing the incidence and impacts of crime by offenders on probation. This vital role is accomplished by assisting the Court's decision-making process as follows:

  • Provide comprehensive probation reports to the judiciary;
  • Enforce court orders by providing services and programs that afford opportunities for offenders to change behavior;
  • Broker community referrals for a broad range of therapeutic intervention programs including substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment.

SMC's Probation Services Division is piloting a new specialized Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) for individuals convicted of a domestic violence (DV) misdemeanor and/or gross misdemeanor offense against an intimate partner. We are accepting applications from well qualified candidates to fill the newly created role of Court Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI) Assessor. The person in this role will assess DV offender readiness for the domestic violence intervention programs within the DVIP and determine the level of treatment necessary in compliance with Washington State Administrative Code (WAC) 110-60A-0410. The DVI Assessor will prepare recommendations for review by the DVIP's Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which consists of the Court DVI Assessor, state certified domestic violence intervention providers, SMC's DV unit probation staff, community and legal based advocates, and other adjunct treatment providers.

The ideal candidate:

  • Meets requirements necessary to become a certified supervisor-level Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Provider as defined by WAC 110-60A-0250 and 110-60A-0260

  • In a certified domestic violence intervention treatment program, the candidate has:

  • Has a Master's degree with a concentration in Social Services;

  • 2+ years of experience facilitating DVI treatment groups;

  • 250+ hours of direct treatment contact with DVI treatment participants;

  • 100+ hours of experience working with victims of domestic violence.

  • Can make sound, neutral, and clinical judgments with limited supervision.

The Court DVI Assessor position is a full-time temporary position until December 31, 2019. An extension for a full 12 months is anticipated depending on funding. Extension beyond that depends on ongoing funding.

Job Responsibilities:
The Court DVI Assessor will perform the following duties:

  • Meet with referred individuals out of custody, or in the King County Jail, to perform the DVIP screening and integrated assessment to determine offender readiness and program appropriateness;

  • Develop and maintain core competencies in screening for clinical eligibility for the DVIP, which include preparing and presenting the assessment to DVIP team and others as necessary;

  • Respond to other members of the DVIP team requesting information needed for eligibility assessment;

  • Present in court when necessary for hearings conducted for referred offenders;

  • Prepare and present written assessments for domestic violence courts;

  • Attend all DVIP, MDT and planning meetings;

  • Maintain confidential clinical records containing all related assessment information, referral, and communication information;

  • Collect, analyze and report on related program-level data to inform pilot program evaluation

  • Utilize a trauma-informed care context for all interactions and services provided to referred offenders and those being served by the court;

  • Assist with bridging various criminal justice and human services programs thereby increasing communication, coordination, and collaboration of the entire DVIP to better serve offenders and increase safety for victims of domestic violence;

  • Assist in all continuity of care issues;

  • Communicate with the DVIP team to verify criminal justice information and history are obtained and communicated to other treatment providers;

  • Coordinate/liaise with criminal justice, behavioral health, and partner systems on behalf of the individuals served by the Court (i.e., public defense attorneys, public defense social worker, prosecuting attorneys, DVU probation staff, Court staff, Domestic Violence Treatment Providers, other Courts/criminal justice agencies).

  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned

Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Social Science, Human Services, Business or Public Administration;
  • 2+ years' experience in human services administration, service delivery, community organizing, contract administration.

OR

A combination of education, training and experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the Class.

Desired Qualifications

  • Meets requirements necessary to become a certified Supervisor-level Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Provider per WAC 110-60A-0250 and 110-60A-0260.

  • Master's Degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or similar social services field.

  • 2+ years of experience in facilitating domestic violence intervention treatment groups at a certified program.

  • 250+ hours of direct treatment contact with participants in a certified domestic violence intervention treatment program.

  • 100+ hours of experience working with victims of domestic violence.

  • Experience working in conjunction with language interpreters

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to:

  • Use sound, neutral, clinical judgment with limited supervision.

  • Maintain a professional demeanor while providing clinical treatment services to offenders that can be hostile and/or aggressive.

  • Handle confidential legal matters.

  • Work independently and as a team member

  • Analyze program-level policies, procedures and data outcomes

  • Work well with a culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse population who may require assistance dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual deviance, mental health, housing, employment, parenting, disabilities, and literacy issues.

Additional Information: Hiring Process

Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered.

  • Completed NEOGOV online application.

  • Cover letter describing how your skills and experience align with the stated job responsibilities and qualifications.

  • Current resume indicating relevant experience and education.

Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete. By completing the supplemental questions, you are attesting that the information you have provided is true and accurate. The Court will review any information provided in your application package and misstatements or falsification of information will eliminate you from consideration and/or employment if discovered after selection for the position. Attaching or pasting a cover letter and resume alone is not a substitute for completing the application itself. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • A job offer is contingent upon verification of credentials and successfully passing the court's background check. The background check includes a criminal history background review, fingerprinting and reference checks.

  • The successful candidate must meet the requirements to become a Certified Supervisor-level Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Provider per WAC 110-60A-0250 and 110-60A-0260

  • For more information on the Seattle Municipal Court, visit www.seattle.gov/courts.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Frequently exposed to individuals who are distraught, hostile or abusive.

  • Periodically required to work in the King County Jail.

Union Information:

This position is represented by a bargaining agreement between the City of Seattle, the Seattle Municipal Court and the PTE, Local 17-Professionals.


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Court Domestic Violence Intervention Assessor (Term-Limited Temporary)

City Of Seattle, WA