Requisition No: 427622
Agency: Justice Administrative Commission
Working Title: STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 1ST CIRCUIT-VICTIM ADVOCATE I - 21008771
Position Number: 21008771
Posting Closing Date: 10/29/2021
Victim Advocate - Position # 2100-8771 / OKALOOSA / Shalimar, FL
OFFICE OF STATE ATTORNEY - 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida
This position will provide victim services for our Shalimar, Florida office. The purpose of the Victim Advocate position is to provide direct support to victims of crime through each stage of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System.
Victim Advocates act as a liaison between the Assistant State Attorney and the victims/witnesses involved in the criminal cases prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney. The Victim Advocate makes initial contact with victims of violent crimes to interview and assist them in completing appropriate sworn statements or affidavits consistent with office policy. This position is required to maintain and document ongoing contact with victims/witnesses and keep them informed of their right to attend each crucial stage of the court hearing.
The Victim Advocate acts as the primary emotional support for victims and witnesses and provides guidance to them during the criminal justice process. The Victim Advocate will assess the needs of victims and witnesses and offer referrals for community resources when appropriate. This position will also require the employee attend depositions, hold victim office interviews, attend court proceedings, and assist victims with paperwork as necessary.
Minimum Training and Experience Required: Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college program with major work in the area of social science or criminal justice, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
A background in social work, criminal justice, psychology, and/or related field is preferred. Training, and/or work experience in the dynamics of victimization, community services and crisis intervention is preferred.
To successfully perform the duties of this position, candidates must have excellent communication skills, and have the ability to work as part of a team and independently in a highly confidential and sensitive environment. Performance of these duties will require professional interaction with the public, law enforcement and office staff.
The duties of this position will also require the ability to use various confidential computer software, Microsoft WORD, automated calendars and case management software. Regular and reliable attendance is required. Physical activities will require sitting and speaking on a repetitive basis and/or for extended periods of time.
Applicants must be able to pass a background check for employment. Employer is an E-Verify participant, requiring proof of identity, and proof of US citizenship OR legal right to work in the United States.
Employer has a "harassment-free" workplace policy, and requires honesty, confidentiality and professional conduct. Employees must practice safe workplace policies and procedures. Employees must maintain satisfactory attendance and job performance level to meet the mission of this employer.
How to apply for this position:
Individuals must use the State of Florida People First on-line electronic application.
Individuals will be required to upload a rsum and cover letter to the People First system.
Methods of contacting employer:
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org, OR via phone 850-595-4200
Agency Head: Ginger Bowden Madden, State Attorney, Employment is "At Will" and non-contracted.
Employer is member of and functions under the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Pay Plan. Agency Mission Statement: "Seeking Justice for Florida"
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
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