Hate Crimes & Vulnerable Populations Victim Services Specialist (SD/TLT) (Internal Recruitment)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time
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$71,032.00 - $90,043.20 Annually

Various Locations throughout King County, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

PAO - Prosecuting Attorneys

Job Number


3/23/2023 5:00 PM Pacific


***Internal Applicants Only***
This position is open to current Prosecuting Attorney Office employees at this time

This is a special duty assignment/TLT position backfilling for another employee and is anticipated to last six months with the possibility of extension.

Hate Crimes and Vulnerable Populations Victim Services Specialist
Gender Based Violence and Prevention Division, Seattle/ Kent
Special Duty Assignment/Term-Limited Temporary

Supervisor: Wendy Ross
Salary: Range 50 - $34.1571 (step one) - $43.2962 (step ten) Hourly*
Location: In person/telecommuting hybrid: Downtown King County Courthouse, 5th Floor, Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday. Our core business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; an alternative schedule is subject to supervisor approval.

The Hate Crimes and Vulnerable Populations Advocate will provide comprehensive victim advocacy to victims, family members of victims, and community members of hate crime and other vulnerable populations (i.e., vulnerable adult abuse, animal cruelty, or human trafficking, and complex fraud) as capacity permits. The advocate will provide independent support, uphold victim's rights, and give a voice to crime victims within the criminal justice system. The advocate will be responsible for responding to victims during pre-filing status (while cases are under review) as well through the adjudication of any criminal charges that may be filed. The advocate will work closely with deputies in the in General Crimes Unit (GCU), Economic Crimes Unit (ECU), and Violent Economic Crimes Unit (VECU), and will provide advocacy to victims in both the King County Courthouse in Seattle, and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The advocate will coordinate community outreach efforts to our most marginalized and vulnerable communities who may experience higher rates of bias crime and victimization.

Job Duties
  • Provide advocacy to victims, survivors and immediate family members of hate crime and elder abuse to help address their emotional, physical and financial needs to reduce the impacts of trauma and victimization
  • Communicate legal rights and case updates to victim/survivors and appropriate immediate family members; engage in victim rights enforcement
  • Deploy advocacy skills, crisis and case management, and de-escalation techniques as needed
  • Assess impacts and needs resulting from crime victimization and trauma, connect victims with community resources and service providers to address identified needs
  • Assist in developing coordinated safety plans with crime victims as appropriate
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to build and foster necessary community partnerships with community organizations?to address the identified needs outlined by crime survivors
  • Conduct and produce trainings and participate in outreach events related to caseload and impacts of victimization
  • Utilize PAO facility dogs in accordance with PAO policy in support of victims, survivors and immediate family members associated with caseload
  • Develop strong and effective working relationships with DPA's, Case Development Specialists, Paralegals, Law Enforcement, and other system entities to empower, support and educate families and victims throughout the Criminal Justice System process
  • When needed, assist crime victims filing for civil protection orders, including drafting orders, completing declarations, and other legal documents for court hearings
  • Attend trials and hearings as necessary, advocate and speak on behalf of victims and their families in and out of court; prepare victims for court testimony
  • Make appropriate warm handoff and referrals to community-based organizations and agencies?to address?relevant social service needs?associated?with?their victimization?
  • Participate in appropriate Hate Crime and Vulnerable Populations task forces, workgroups, multi-disciplinary teams, community meetings in accordance with PAO objectives and roles/responsibilities
  • Engage equity and social justice principles in regular job duties and decision making
  • Additional responsibilities and/or tasks may be incorporated, or existing ones modified as business needs evolve
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in the areas of violent crime and criminal justice and court-based advocacy.? Experience responding to victims of bias or elder abuse crime a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people in crisis?
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, groups and in the courtroom.?
  • Considerable knowledge of local related community resources?
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and across systems including law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, community partners and the public?
  • Skill in working with diverse populations?
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative and judgment and also function as a team player?
  • Ability to problem-solve and identify needed procedural and policy changes
  • Demonstrated ability to manage voluminous and sensitive caseloads?
  • Any combination of experience/education/training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with co-workers, management, attorneys, court personnel, law enforcement, community partners and the general public
  • Actively participate in PAO equity work, attending equity trainings and discussion. Provide support for the Equity and Social Justice policy and principles, work with PAO colleagues and management to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Bilingual candidates and candidates with experience serving diverse survivors are strongly encouraged to apply?
Supplemental Information

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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is dedicated to making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.
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