SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT INITIATIVE (SAKI) VICTIM ADVOCATE (00470)
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION
The Office of the Attorney General is seeking a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Victim Advocate to join the Programs Section of the Executive and Administration Division. We offer the challenge and opportunity of public service, work-life balance, and an attractive compensation package inclusive of paid time off, paid holidays, health/dental/life insurance, retirement, and more. This is a grant-funded position.
DUTIES: In conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General’s statewide efforts to submit previously untested Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) for testing and eliminate Virginia’s sexual assault kit backlog, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Victim Advocate will promote victim-centered practices that can be implemented locally by investigators, prosecutors, and victim advocates in sexual assault cases. The SAKI Victim Advocate will also plan and implement trainings geared towards investigators, prosecutors, and advocates relative to trauma-informed interviewing for sexual assault victims and cold case investigation. The SAKI Victim Advocate will offer technical assistance or on-the-ground assistance to advocates and/or victims who have a prosecution as a result of a cold case hit. The SAKI Victim Advocate will also provide staff support to the SAKI Project Manager and will coordinate and facilitate communication between the Department of Forensic Science, the testing facility, and localities regarding all aspects of PERKs submission, testing, and reporting of results. The SAKI Victim Advocate will be dedicated to victim engagement and notification and will work with investigators as they pursue leads associated with evidence from previously un-submitted PERKs. This position requires frequent in-state travel and occasional travel outside of the state. This announcement is for one position in the City of Richmond office.
QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of sexual assault response, trauma-informed practices, and advocacy is required, as well as experience working with crime victims. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to provide sound technical and programmatic assistance to criminal justice personnel and possess superior analytical and communication skills (verbal and written). Candidates must have demonstrated computer proficiency with word processing (Microsoft products preferred). Selected candidate must possess the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and establish and maintain effective partnerships with public safety and advocacy stakeholders and OAG team members. A criminal background check will be completed on successful candidate.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: It is preferred that applicants possess an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: social work, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, public administration, or another related field. Public speaking/group facilitation experience is preferred.
SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TO APPLY: Please apply on-line at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. Application materials should include a discussion of all relevant experience, résumé, and cover letter. Veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. This position is open until filled.