Working as a victim advocate volunteer offers the opportunity to touch the lives of others by providing a valuable source of support and information to those who have had their lives altered by traumatic events.
The purpose of the Weld County Victim Advocate Volunteer position is to provide a wide variety of support services for the victims of crimes; and to serve as an information resource and make referrals to public or private social service agencies, where appropriate, for the victims of crimes. Under general supervision, an incumbent of this class provides direct services and assistance to victims of crimes within the County of Weld. The incumbent exercises initiative and independent judgment in applying laws, regulations, and policy, and in analyzing and resolving a variety of non-routine problems.
Supervision Received: General direction is provided by Victim Advocate Coordinator and sworn Law Enforcement management personnel.
Supervision Exercised: Responsibilities may include providing training and direction to volunteers and interns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned. (any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)
Provides information to victims concerning the procedures of the criminal justice system;
Responds to requests by staff to provide crisis intervention for victims;
Refers individuals to other criminal justice agencies and public or private agencies to obtain supportive services;
Complete application process: integrity interview, criminal history investigation, and polygraph examinations.
Be at least 21 years of age
Be on call at least three days a month
Have a reliable cell phone
Have reliable transportation
Have a valid Driver's License
Be able to cope with emotional and stressful situations
Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply
Time Commitment: The advocate must be willing to make a one-year commitment to the program, including attending monthly meetings.
Training Provided: A 40-45 hour training course includes crisis counseling, victimology, legal procedures, law enforcement, resource information, as well as a ride along with a law enforcement officer.
Weld County Government