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Assistant Director – Victim Assistance Program

Washington County, VA

The Washington County Victim Assistance Program is seeking a Part-Time assistant program director to join in its mission of ensuring that victims of crime in Washington County receive the support they deserve throughout the criminal justice process. The Program Assistant provides aids to the Program Director in ensuring all victims are provided with the tools and compassion needed to participate in the criminal justice system and overcome the victimization they have suffered.

Position Description

General Statement of Duties: Will serve as the Assistant Program director of the Victim Assistance Program serving victims of crime. The Victim Assistance Program is administered by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and is supported by funding through a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services on a reimbursement system.

Program Goals: As the Assistant Director of the Victim Assistance Program, the primary goals are to ensure that victims in Washington County, Virginia, are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity; and that their privacy is protected to the extent permissible under law while participating in the criminal justice system. As a victim of crime, they are entitled to certain rights under Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights’ Act §19.2-11.01, passed in 1995. This Act ensures that victims and their families are referred to the appropriate community resources for assistance. Victims are recognized as anyone suffering physical, emotional, or financial harm as a direct result of a felony or certain misdemeanor crimes, including spouses, children, parents, and guardians.

Duty Requirements: The assistant director will work closely with victims by answering questions about the criminal justice system, identifying appropriate available services, and providing support throughout the prosecution to include accompanying victims to all necessary hearings. The advocate will assist with grant applications and progress reports; restitution; enter and maintain accurate client and program records; and serve as Program Director in the absence of the Director.

Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate an ability to work well with others, be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with diverse communities, and manage multiple assignments and deadlines. Requires a Bachelors degree with major course work in social science, criminal justice, or a related field; experience in the criminal justice process, crisis intervention, or social services preferred.

Salary: Salary will be based on knowledge and experience.

Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit a cover letter and resume to the Program Director Paige Surface, at  Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2023. 

The Washington County Victim Witness Program is an equal opportunity employer.