Contra Costa County, CA Martinez, California, United States
Apr 27, 2021Full Time
The Position The mission of the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is to seek justice and enhance public safety for all our residents by fairly, ethically, aggressively and efficiently prosecuting those who violate the law, and by working to prevent crime. The District Attorney's Office currently has one full-time permanent and two full-time temporary vacancies for a Victim Witness Assistance Program Specialist within the Victim Witness Assistance Program, as well as one part-time temporary vacancy for a Human Trafficking Task Force Program Coordinator within the Human Trafficking Unit. About the Victim Witness Assistance Program: The Victim Assistance Program in the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office seeks to empower victims of crime through advocacy and support. We work tenaciously to give victims a voice in the criminal justice system, protect their rights and treat each individual with dignity and respect. Advocates work closely with District Attorney staff, community based organizations and law enforcement to meet the needs of crime victims and their families. Victims of crime face many different challenges in the aftermath of a crime. The Victim Assistance team supports each other in addressing these complex dynamics, while advocating for each family throughout the criminal justice process. Victim Advocates partner with California Victim Compensation Board staff to assist victims with applications to help with crime related expenses. The Victim Assistance team is made up of dedicated advocates who use creative strategies to make a difference in the lives of crime victims. About the Human Trafficking Unit: The Human Trafficking Task Force Program Coordinator will serve as the Primary Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator for the County's State, Federal and Local Human Trafficking Taskforce. This position is funded by and critical to the federal Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Task Force Grant (ECM Grant). The primary purpose of the ECM Grant is to establish a sustainable anti-Human Trafficking Task Force through which law enforcement and victim service partners enhance their collaborative efforts and take a data-driven approach to investigating and prosecuting all forms of trafficking in our community. The Primary HTTF Task Force Coordinator position is housed within the DA's Office and is a primary point of contact between the DA's Office and Office for Victims of Crime. The Primary Coordinator is an active part of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Team, reports directly to the Human Trafficking Unit Supervisor / ECM Grant Manager and is responsible for HTTF administration, including convening regular meetings, taking minutes, guiding the development and update of task force protocols and deliverables, formalizing and updating MOUs, and collecting, sharing and reporting task force data. The Primary HTTF Coordinator is dedicated full-time to task force activities, including protocol development, establishment of consistent data collection systems, training coordination and delivery, outreach coordination/delivery, data collection and evaluation as well as administrative responsibilities for the HTTF. This Team Member is the bridge between the law enforcement and victim services sides of the Task Force and will develop and maintain strong working relationships with state, federal and local law enforcement, District Attorney and US Attorney prosecutors and investigators, state and federal agencies and victim service providers. For these roles, we are looking for someone who is: able to adapt to the needs of crime victims; able to navigate stressful or highly emotional and/or complex situations, as well as able to solve problems in an innovative way; able to work independently as well as a good team player, who excels at relationship-building and collaboration; outgoing, and able to effectively communicate with a variety of people, as well as obtaining and sharing information; principled, ethical, and personally accountable for responsibilities, deliverables, and assignments; adaptable, and able to respond positively to changes; able to demonstrate effective case management skills, data-driven, with a passion for consistent results; and, committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, and appreciates the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures. If applying for the Victim Witness Assistance Program Specialist , you will typically be responsible for: Advocating for crime victims throughout the criminal justice process Providing crisis intervention and follow up emotional support Creating strong relationships within the community to assist with resources and referrals Providing support and advocacy to crime victims in court Assisting with applications and emergency claims for the California Victim Compensation Board Helping victims with restitution and victim impact statements Informing victims of their rights under Marsy's Law Providing case notifications, inmate release information, and safety planning to victims A few reasons you might love the Victim Witness Assistance Program Specialist job: You truly make a difference in the lives of the people we serve You can help lift up the voices of crime victims to ensure they are heard You will work with a wonderful team of dedicated and passionate advocates A few challenges you may face in this role: This can be a very emotional job and self-care is very important The advocates have heavy caseloads and it is a tough but rewarding job You must be able to interact with people in highly emotional situations There is a lot of independence in the work and it is important to ask for help when needed If applying for the Human Trafficking Task Force Program Coordinator , you will typically be responsible for: Working closely with the DA's Human Trafficking Team and task force members to build successful investigations and and prosecutions of cases, while ensuring needs of victims and families are met Assisting and supporting law enforcement and victim service partners in developing cases by collecting and sharing Human Trafficking data and using on-line advertising search tools to identify potential victims and exploiters for cases Administering the Human Trafficking Task Force by organizing and staffing meetings, preparing agendas, collaborating with the Secondary HTTF Coordinator, organizing speakers, and identifying successes and gaps Developing and implementing a reliable and accurate data collection system to serve as the backbone of the HTTF's data-driven approach to investigating and prosecuting Human Trafficking Working with county, state and federal law enforcement partners Representing HTTF at various important meetings, including with the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Team and the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition, etc. A few reasons you might love the Human Trafficking Task Force Program Coordinator job: You will be one of the architects responsible for building a sustainable Human Trafficking Task Force that unites the work of investigators, prosecutors, and victim service providers to maximize our ability to end trafficking in our community You will be working with passionate and committed professionals in a rapidly evolving area of the criminal justice system You will see how you are making a difference in our community You will be an important member of close-knit team A few challenges you may face in this role: There is not a lot of direct supervision so you will need to be a self-starter and manage your time effectively, as well as ask questions, identify and leverage resources and be very results oriented This grant brings together an intentionally diverse group of multidisciplinary stakeholders so you will need excellent communication, relationship building and conflict resolution skills You will need to be resilient, be comfortable trying new things and recognize / learn from mistakes. You may need to develop new strategies and revise them if they are not working Competencies required for both roles: Analyzing and Interpreting Data Action and Results Focused Informing Presentation Skill Building and Maintaining Relationships Group Facilitation Teamwork Innovative Problem Solving Adaptability Professional Integrity and Ethics Oral Communication Handling and Resolving Conflict Valuing Diversity Strategic Thinking and Perspective You can read the complete job description at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/contracosta/classspecs/4930 The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future openings for up to 6 months. Minimum Qualifications License Required: Possession of a Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Valid out of State motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process. Education: Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university, including 12 semester units or 18 quarter units in social sciences, behavioral sciences, criminal justice, psychology, or closely related fields. Experience: One (1) year of full-time or its equivalent experience in a criminal justice, social services agency or nonprofit organization providing victim/witness assistance and referral services, social casework assistance, and or peer counseling. Desirable Qualifications for the Victim Witness Assistance Program Specialist: Previous experience or training in advocacy, previous experience working with at-risk populations. Desirable Qualifications for the Human Trafficking Task Force Program Coordinator: Previous work or volunteer experience in law enforcement and/or the criminal justice system, working with diverse populations, or working with survivors of trafficking or exploitation. Education, training, or other experience with a direct service provider for survivors of interpersonal violence (human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault). Proficiency in Spanish, or other languages. Selection Process Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process. Virtual Performance Assessment: The assessment will consist of questions designed to evaluate if candidates possess the necessary core competencies of: Action & Results Focused, Informing, Building & Maintaining Relationships, Innovative Problem Solving, Adaptability, Professional Integrity and Ethics, Valuing Diversity, and Strategic Thinking and Perspective. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each of the competencies to pass the overall assessment and be placed on the eligible list. (Weighted 100%) This test will be conducted remotely. TENTATIVE DATES Virtual Performance Assessment: Week of May 24, 2021 Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the selection process. The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices. CONVICTION HISTORY After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. DISASTER SERVICE WORKER All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.