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Victim Advocate

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Criminal Justice and one (1) year experience working with crime victims or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of state and local laws relating to homicides, domestic abuse, rape or forcible sodomy, and other violent crimes.  Legal terminology, police practices, and court procedures.  Office processes to include computer word, spreadsheet, and database software. To view entire job announcement, click on job title. For your convenience we have attached the application and supporting documents
below, please print all documents and return to our office in person or mail to: Human Resources, 201 West Gray Bldg C, Norman, OK 73069

Posting Information
Department: 
Police - Investigations
Location: 
1507 West Lindsey
Shift: 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Salary: 
$17.32 - $24.66 per hour
Date Posted: 
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 8:00am
Closing Date: 
Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:30am
Job Description
Duties: 
Reviews and assesses violent crime reports as conveyed to the police by crime victims, witnesses, etc. Contacts victims of violent crimes (particularly underserved victims); provides information regarding legal process, resources (i.e., resources available, treatment and education programs, legal assistance, financial aid), and investigation process. Supervises volunteers, assigns excess cases to volunteers and facilitates training of volunteers. Keeps statistical records of victim contacts. Ensures victims of Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Sexual Assault are referred to the Women’s Resource Center for advocacy and follow-up services. Ensures victims of child abuse are referred to the Mary Abbott Children’s House for advocacy and follow-up. Obtains restitution information from victims and provides alternate means for victims to be compensated for damages incurred as a result of criminal behavior. Provides emotional support and crisis intervention for victims of crime. Provides liaison and coordination between the Norman Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office, mental health professionals, faith based assistance groups, and non-profit agencies for case follow-up. Assists with returning property to victims and witnesses when permitted by law or rules of evidence. Coordinates and networks with other crime victim advocacy programs. Assists with the development and modification of departmental policies, procedures and training regarding advocacy and advocacy requirements. Responsible for maintaining departmental compliance with all legal mandates related to crime victims and/or witnesses. Ensures that victim handouts are available and current which explain victims’ rights regarding homicides, domestic abuse, rape or forcible sodomy, and other violent crimes. Performs related duties assigned.
Working Conditions: 
Work is performed primarily in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. 25% of the time spent interviewing emotionally distressed persons. Occasionally on call.
Job Requirements
Education and Experience: 
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Criminal Justice and one (1) year experience working with crime victims or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge: 
Knowledge of state and local laws relating to homicides, domestic abuse, rape or forcible sodomy, and other violent crimes. Legal terminology, police practices, and court procedures. Office processes to include computer word, spreadsheet, and database software.
Skills: 
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; follow written and verbal instructions; prioritize tasks; and track and monitor funds. Proficient with interviewing victims and obtain relevant information. Adept at establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with victims of crime, police department employees, outside law enforcement and mental health agencies, as well as other victim advocacy entities.
License and/or Certification: 
Must possess a valid state driver's license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.
Mental & Physical: 
Ability to pay close attention to detail in reviewing, preparing and presenting information regarding victim services; reading and writing reports; and representing departments at in-house or outside public meetings. Ability to maintain confidential nature of the work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, talk and hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Capable of being on call occasionally to assist crime victims at the scene. Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance.
Additional Information: 

Selected applicant must pass extensive background investigation,
polygraph, psychological test, physical examination and drug screen.