Victim Advocate I

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $45,572.80 - $62,670.40 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Applications will be accepted until further notice; recruitment may close at any time without notice.

We offer a competitive salary with bi-annual step increases of approximately 2.5% up to top salary step of $ 59,945 annually.

3% Anticipated February 25, 2023*

The District Attorney's Office is recruiting for Victim Advocates I. This is a rewarding opportunity to provide support and encouragement to victims and witnesses of violent crimes. Victim Advocates I interview crime victims and their families to determine eligibility for support services; provide crisis intervention and follow-up services; make referrals to community agencies; and assist law enforcement and prosecution staff in interviewing victims. Victim Advocates I may be assigned cases related to crimes such as robbery, physical violence, and homicide.

Positions exist throughout the County; e ligible list will be used to fill vacancies in other locations as they arise.

For more detailed information, refer to the Victim Advocate I job description.


Pre-employment Process: Applicants must pass a background check, including finger printing, prior to appointment.

Travel: Travel throughout the County may be required. A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be maintained for the individual providing the transportation and must be produced at time of hire.

Work Assignment: Applicants may be assigned to any office location as needed; geographic preference will be taken into consideration whenever possible.

*Salary increases contingent upon Property Related Revenue and/or statewide Proposition 172 Sales Tax Collections performance.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Associate's degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Behavioral or Social Science or equivalent units.


Experience: Additionally, applicants must meet one of the following options:

Option 1: Completion of six (6) months of experience and at least 384 total hours or more of supervised volunteer or internship crisis intervention counseling in a District Attorney's Office or a private victim assistance program.

Option 2: One (1) year of full-time crisis intervention work experience counseling and case managing victims* immediately following traumatic events of violent crimes (i.e., domestic violence, child abuse, assault, sexual assault, elder abuse, homicide, robbery, drunk driving, human trafficking, vehicular manslaughter, and hate crimes) in a private or government victim assistance agency OR as a peace officer in a law enforcement agency assisting victims of crime, interviewing victims, providing immediate crisis intervention, and providing information and referrals for victim advocacy services.

Option 3: Two (2) years of full-time crisis intervention work experience performing case management, face-to-face interviews, making referrals and assisting clients with applications for services in a child, elder or adult welfare agency.

Note: Counseling clients regarding employment, program eligibility, and child support issues are not considered crisis intervention counseling.

*A victim, as defined in the criminal justice system, is a person who has been harmed by another person.

Desired Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have bilingual or multilingual skills in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic or other foreign languages. Additional compensation is associated with positions requiring the use of bilingual skills. Testing of bilingual skills may be required to receive additional compensation.

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department.

Application Procedure : Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire for consideration. Applications will be accepted until sufficient applications are received; recruitment may close at any time without notice. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaires.
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EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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