Victim Specialist IV

Victim Specialist IV

Reports to:         Director/Supervisor                                   Location:         2650 S. California

Classification:    Grade 14/Full-time/(Union)                       Department:    Victim Witness Program

Deadline Date:   January 21, 2019         

Primary Function:    In compliance with state and national statutes governing victims’ rights, the Victim Specialist will provide victims with services under four broad categories of: Information/Education, Emotional Support, Safety and Concrete Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between the victims, witnesses, and other personnel of the State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Provide victim services falling under the broad categories of: Information/Education, Emotional Support, Safety, and Concrete Services
  • Educate victims of their statutory rights under Illinois law
  • Intervene in crisis situations, develop safety plans, and operate in cooperation with allied partners
  • Problem solve with peers, supervisors, Assistant State’s Attorneys, and allied professionals
  • Maintain current information on cases and work daily with supervisors and team members to plan for case actions and potential emergencies
  • Maintain statistics, databases and provide monthly reports regarding activity
  • Communicate program guidelines to CCSAO personnel as well as victims and witnesses
  • Potential travel between locations and in the field for interviews and victim support
  • Work a flexible schedule based on the needs of the unit
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Interaction:

  • Interacts regularly with victims and witnesses of crime, many of whom are in high risk situations
  • Interacts regularly with State’s Attorney’s Office employees
  • Interacts with a wide range of outside agencies
  • Regular access to confidential information
     

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in a relevant program (social work, counseling or criminal justice) preferred. 5 years + experience within the Victim Witness or related program will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.  The candidate must be an empathetic listener with knowledge of the rights of victims as defined by state and national law.  Must have the ability to multi-task and possess excellent grammar, organizational and communication skills.  The candidate must be able to work flexible hours.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word applications required.  Knowledge of CCSAO databases and/or ability to learn is important.  Assignment to specialty areas such as DV/SA, LGBT/Hate Crimes, and relocation require specialized training in these areas in addition to two years’ experience in related field. 

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Kathy Wallace
Human Resources Director
69 W. Washington – 3200
Chicago, IL 60602
Fax# (312) 603-9690
hr.sao@cookcountyil.gov