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JOB TITLE: RASA/VOJO VICTIM ADVOCATE
REPORTS TO: RASA/VOJO Project Coordinator
STATUS: Full or Part Time
Responsible for the provision of rights and services consistent with the prosecutor’s responsibilities to victims under the Victim’s Bill of Rights through the CVC/ DA’s Office RASA and VOJO Projects. Responsible for notifying victims of crime of their rights and providing direct services to victims of crime and their families. This person has special training, education and sensitivity in responding to individual reactions to violent crime.
1. Provides services to victims of crime and participates in the daily operation of the CVC’s Rights and Services Act Project.
2. Provides direct services to victims of juvenile offenders and their families including crisis response, accompaniment and advocacy throughout medical, police and court procedures as well as referral to appropriate resources.
3. Coordinates the provision of services to victims of juvenile offenders and the daily operation of CVC’s Juvenile Court Victim/Witness Project.
4. Obtains files from the Juvenile Probation Department to identify victims.
5. Compiles and distributes Victim Notification Packets and distributes them to victims of juvenile offenders.
6. Provides assistance to victims in completion of restitution claim forms, Crime Victims Compensation Claims and Victim Impact Statements as well as informing victims of their right to submit restitution claims and impact statements.
7. Assures that victims of juvenile offenders are afforded all rights as listed in Pennsylvania’s Crime Victims Act (PA Act 111-1988 as amended by PA Act 86-2000)
8. Provides direct services to victims of crime and their families.
9. Obtains victim files from the District Attorney's Office.
10. Obtains files from the Juvenile Probation Department to identify victims.
11. Compile Victim Information Packet and distributes to victims.
12. Provides information on the Criminal Justice System to victims of crime.
13. Provides assistance to victims in completion of Victim Impact Statements, Restitution Claim Forms and Pro Se Protection From Abuse Orders as needed.
14. Provides, as necessary, direct services to victims of crime and their families including crisis response, supportive counseling, needs assessment, individual goal setting, development of service plans and accompaniment and advocacy throughout medical, police and court procedures as well as referral to appropriate resources.
15. Provides accompaniment for victims in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts and the Chester County Juvenile Court.
16. Promotes and encourages cooperation with the Criminal Justice System in both the Court of Common Pleas and the Chester County Juvenile Court.
17. Participates and provides public awareness activities related to victims of juvenile offenders and the BARJ concept.
18. Provides counseling/case management services to crime victims and their families.
19. Provides hot-line coverage for the CVC sexual assault and other crimes hotlines, as needed.
20. Assists the RASA/VOJO Project Coordinator.
21. Prepares and submits statistical data and reports on all activities as required.
22. Performs all other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of a Bachelor's or Associate’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Criminal Justice or a related field, or the equivalent of same.
- Skill in supportive problem solving, counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention.
- Ability to assume responsibility and make decisions.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with staff, volunteers, other agencies and the general public.
- Ability to express ideas orally and in writing.
- Working knowledge of word processing and basic computer skills.
Within six months of appointment to the position, the RASA/VOJO Victim Advocate must provide evidence of successful completion of the mandated PCAR and State of Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Counselor Training provided by CVC; Must attend other trainings as mandated by PCAR and PCCD; Must demonstrate knowledge of the procedures required in filing a Pro Se Protection From Abuse Order.
Must posses a current valid drivers license, have the use of an automobile during the working hours and must show evidence of proper automobile insurance coverage. A Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and Criminal History Check must be obtained upon employment.
Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to Brooke Hedderick, Managing Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.