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Victim Services Advocate

Date Open:  Immediately                                  

Date Closed:  Open until filled

Title:  Victim Services Advocate

Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Location:  Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General is currently seeking a full-time Victim Services Advocate for our Victim Services Unit.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Chief of the Victim Services Unit, the Victim Services Advocate will be required to provide direct services, resources and referrals to victims of crime, including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human sex trafficking, as well as support and ongoing assistance and notification to victims and their families throughout the appellate and death penalty processes.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Victim notification system:  Death Penalty and Appellate Cases - Assist in maintaining the Oklahoma Attorney General’s (OAG) database notification system including preparing files on new cases.
  • Maintain the case files with updates and notification letters to homicide victims’ families in death penalty cases.
  • Provide materials regarding the clemency and execution processes to be distributed to victims’ family members and other interested parties.
  • Ensure that all clemency hearings are recorded for presentation to the Governor’s office if clemency is granted. 
  • Utilize the OAG database for notifying victims of the  appellate process in life without parole and life sentence cases.
  • Attend oral arguments, evidentiary hearings, and other hearings with family members to provide professional and emotional support as needed.
  • Provide direct contact and support to family members with emotional issues through the duration of the appellate process.
  • Facilitate  return of evidence used in the  prosecution of death penalty cases to victim’s families following the executions, as requested.
  • Coordinate with other units within the office  for victim-related needs.
  • Inform and assist victims with Victim Compensation information and other resources available.
  • Answer and respond to calls  from citizens requesting assistance, information, and referrals  regarding the justice system including:   pardon and parole, victims’ compensation, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Human Sex Trafficking programs and shelters, Department of Corrections issues, VINE and VINE Protective Order programs, adult protective services, child welfare services, and questions about the justice system.
  • Receive and respond to victim’s call to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office by identifying victim’s needs and referring and/or connecting them to the appropriate resources.
  • Document and maintain a log of all phone calls and emails received to assist with any subsequent contact.
  • Assist with special Victim Service Unit projects as requested.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with various state agencies and associations within law enforcement in order to increase victim services and to continue to deliver information.
  • Provide personal support at interviews, court hearings, Pardon and Parole Board hearings, or other victim service-related events/needs.
  • Assist victims with enrollment into notification programs as relevant to their expressed needs.
  • Provide technical assistance related to victim issues, as requested, to various certified agencies, attorneys, or other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
  • Assist, as needed, with processing Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) participants’ mail and new participant applications.
  • Maintain data as needed for federal grant progress reporting.
  • Serve as a member and assist on committees, including but not limited to:
    • Oklahoma Victim Assistance Academy Committee
    • Human Trafficking Task Force
    • Partners for Change Planning Committee

Qualifications:

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of experience for each year of the required degree. Experience and knowledge in the area of domestic and sexual violence and stalking is preferred. An understanding of the court processes at the state and appellate levels is preferred.  Experience working under a federal grant project is preferred. Excellent organization and communication skills are essential. The ability to maintain a high level of security and confidentiality is crucial. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Access computer programs is preferred. A valid Oklahoma driver’s license is required. Some travel will be expected with the possibility of overnight stays.

All applicants must agree in writing to complete, and satisfactorily pass, a thorough background investigation by the Office of Attorney General.

The Oklahoma Office of Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are welcome to seek employment with the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, age, national origin, genetic information, religion, or disability, so long as the disability does not render the person unable to perform the essential functions of the position for which employed with or without a reasonable accommodation. All employees of the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General are “at will” employees.

How to apply:

Please send resume to [email protected] and indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.