Public Safety Division
Office of the Attorney General
Salary range: $76,082 - $80,806
This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Provides facilitation of Restorative Justice Conferences referred by Public Safety Division Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and assists crime victims with their needs. The Restorative Justice Facilitator / Victim Witness Specialist interacts with the Deputy Attorney General for the Public Safety Division; Chief of Victim Services and Restorative Justice Program Unit; attorneys making Restorative Justice referrals; Public Safety Division attorneys; and the public, through Restorative Justice Conferences.
The Restorative Justice Facilitator / Victim Witness Program Specialist works with a team of Restorative Justice Facilitators, Victim Witness Specialists, managers, attorney advisors, law enforcement personnel, and others on issues to provide assistance to crime victims and witnesses and offenders and their families.
Specific responsibilities include:
Restorative Justice Facilitator:
- Serves as a member of the Restorative Justice Program team, which provides alternatives to prosecution in the form of facilitating Restorative Justice Conferences. These Conferences help support victims of crime and offenders and rebuild communities. Some Restorative Justice Conferences respond to generalized community conflict and violence.
- Conducts separate pre-conferences at assigned locations, often off-site. Meets with each participant to understand their perspectives about the incident, needs, and willingness to meet jointly with the other participants.
- During the Restorative Justice Conference, assists and monitors agreements that repair the harm caused to the victim and restore affected relationships.
- Monitors and documents any agreements reached during the Conference and manages all case work in office database.
- Collects evaluation information from participants in addition to tracking Conferences and offenders’ outcomes.
- Delivers specialized services to crime victims and witnesses, with a focus on their specific needs (i.e., homicide victims’ family members as well as violent crime, child, sexual assault, elderly, disabled, and non- English speaking victims).
- Provides detailed information (oral and written) to victims and witnesses regarding the impact of victimization, safety planning and protection of victims and witnesses, criminal, juvenile, and civil justice processes, victims’ rights, financial resources for victims, along with social and other support services assessments.
- Assists victims and witnesses with appropriate referrals for social services, victim assistance, financial assistance, and mental health services.
- Serves as a liaison for victims when problems occur during the referral process.
- Follows up to ensure services and compensation are provided.
- Obtains available emergency aid for such purposes as securing victims’ homes.
- Renders crisis counseling for victims and witnesses.
- Provides general assistance as needed, such as information on transportation, interpreter services, hotel accommodation, child day care, court accompaniment, and obtaining witnesses’ fees.
- Seeks training opportunities and guidance from other allied professionals and stakeholders as needed.
- Collects data and tracks victim services work.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR; Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR; Four years of appropriate or specialized experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Applicants who have worked with or come from communities disproportionately affected by crime and criminal justice involvement are preferred. Experience in Restorative Justice Conferencing not required. Training will be provided.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Candidates may substitute education for experience consistent with OPM Qualifications Standards. However, in order ot receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application. Time-In-Grade Restrictions. Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing dte of this vacancy announcement.
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