Commonwealth Attorney
Victim/Witness Coordinator

Full Description of Job:

Department: Commonwealth Attorney
Reports To: Commonwealth Attorney
FLSA Status: Exempt
Prepared By: Department of Human Resources
Revised Date: 12/2013

Provides and ensures that staff provides explanation of the complexities of the criminal justice system, specialized counseling or social services or referral to such services, and information and direction in applying for services available including benefits from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Coordinates and supervises pre-trial and post-trial aid to victims and witnesses of crime

Provides guidance to Victim/Witness Assistants in preparing and issuing dispositions, victim, sympathy and other related documents

Maintains clients files and ensures the confidentiality of information

Maintains statistical data on services provided and prepares reports on service usage

Provides crisis intervention and support to victims through counseling and referral services

Obtains and reviews police reports to determine if victims and witnesses may be eligible for services

Recruits, trains, supervises intern and volunteer helpers

Develops program budget, prepares annual grant application and keeps related records

Prepares reports, conducts tours, and makes presentations

Initiates and recommends to Commonwealth Attorney for approval of personnel actions

Attends meetings, conferences and seminars as required

Supervision is exercised over program assistants, interns and volunteer workers. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

QUALIFICATIONS 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.

Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university with major in criminal justice, sociology, psychology or related field; three to five years related experience and/or training involving direct delivery of human services; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to prepare reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Possession of a valid appropriate drivers permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This is a job description and not an individualized position description. A job description defines the general character and scope of duties and responsibilities of all positions in a job classification, but it is not intended to describe and does not necessarily list the essential job functions for a given position in a classification.