Allegheny County District Attorney's Office

Position Title:  Victim Advocate (Non-Union Position)

Reports to:  Victim Advocate Coordinator & Director of Administration

How to Apply:  Applications will be accepted online until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed.  After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the “Apply for Job” link at the bottom of the page to apply.

 A resume is required and may not be substituted for an application. 

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants shall possess a minimum of an associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, human services or social services. A bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred in the relevant field and must possess a valid driver’s license.

Minimum experience preferred is three (3) to five (5) years in victim advocacy, social work, or related criminal justice work.

A combination of five (5) to seven (7) years of related education and experience in the private sector will be considered.

Proficient interpersonal relations and communications skills required.

It is the policy of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office that to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a criminal history/background check and a pre-employment drug test.

Additionally, it is our policy that to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination card and be fully vaccinated before employment commences.

Job Summary:

Member of Advocacy Unit within the Office of the District Attorney.  This unit is charged with assisting crime victims of their rights and services afforded them by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to ensure that they receive those rights as requested. Coordinate with the District Attorney assigned to the case, law enforcement and outside agencies where appropriate. This position will accompany victims to trial, interviews, hearings, and any required meetings related to criminal cases.

Duties:

  • Assist victims with introductions to assigned prosecutor and law enforcement personnel related to case
  • Work closely with prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement, relevant court personnel and community organizations to assist victims with their understating of court proceedings and their rights as victims
  • Support the victim and their family during the court process
  • Provide trauma-informed crisis counseling to help reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological effects of trauma the victim may be experiencing
  • Explain available resources including criminal procedures, victim compensation, and post-trial offender notification registration
  • Provide appropriate community referrals as requested by the victim
  • Perform required administrative duties, including data entry into PMS, tracking case outcomes, and maintaining statistics
  • Ensure complete range of victim-related services are conveyed to victims and are delivered in a timely, trauma-centered manner
  • Accompany victims to court-related hearings, meetings, interviews and trial
  • Work with community-based services to ensure seamless service delivery to victims as they navigate the legal system
  • Ensure dates of meetings, or calls with the assigned DA, and members of law enforcement are communicated to and coordinated with the victim in a timely manner
  • Advocate on behalf of victims to schools, employers, creditors, and other entities to remove barriers to achieving active criminal justice participation
  • Provide updates on case status and ensure victims’ rights are being protected through the process
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to respond quickly and professionally to difficult situations
  • Demonstrable advocacy, case management or legal experience;
  • Knowledgeable about standard legal processes and Court procedures
  • Empathetic, hands-on, and highly organized; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Possess at hire or successfully complete within one year of hire:
    • Crisis Intervention Certification
    • DAVE Training for Victim Compensation Processing
    • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Training & Certification
    • SAVIN/VINE Training for Offender Notifications 

Residency: Must become a resident of Allegheny County within one (1) year of appointment

Allegheny County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job please visit alleghenycountyda.us.