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Victim/Witness Advocate

Westmoreland County Victim/Witness Services/District Attorney’s Office is seeking applicants for the position of Victim/Witness Advocate. This is a professional position responsible for victim services provided to victim/witnesses in the juvenile and criminal justice system. The positions will be 32.5 hours per week. The support staff for this position will be the Victim/Witness Service staff and the position will report to the Victim/Witness Coordinator.

Skills needed:

Strong communication and organizational skills are essential.
A working knowledge of the Adult Criminal Justice System and the Juvenile Justice System and the functions of the different agencies within the system.

Basic knowledge of crisis intervention skills.

To be a highly motivated self-starter, demonstrate initiative and accomplish objectives without extensive supervisory input.
Criminal, FBI, Child Abuse Clearances as well as drug test are required

Job Duties:

Ensure that crime victims are afforded their rights under the Pennsylvania Victim’s Bill of Rights.
Provide orientation to the criminal and juvenile justice system.

Provide court accompaniment, especially in cases of serious personal injury, feloniously assaultive crimes or extensive property loss, to persons involved in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System. Court accompaniment extends to family members of victims as well as witnesses.

Assist victims of crime in recovering financial losses due to the crime through restitution and/or Victims Compensation Assistance.

Accurately document services provided in required computer systems and data bases.

Applicant must have at least an Associate’s Degree but a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Degrees in Humans Service, Social Work, Criminal Justice or Psychology are desired but other degrees may apply. This is a grant funded union position.

Interested candidates should send resume and county application to;

Amy L. Garris, Victim/Witness Coordinator
2 North Main Street, Suite 206
Greensburg, PA 15601


Deadline for submission is April 15, 2019
Source: Employment in Westmoreland

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