Victim Services Liaison – Kansas Department of Corrections, Reno County – September 2022
Job Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Work Schedule: 40 hours/week, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Salary: $36,171.20 to $41,870.40/Annual ($17.39 to $20.13/Hr.)
Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Reporting Relationship: Victim Services Coordinator
Primary Accountability: This position is part of a team that provides services to crime victims of offenders under KDOC supervision.
The incumbent will serve as a liaison between crime victims, offenders, KDOC staff, and community organizations. This position will work to increase the safety of victims through safety planning and systems advocacy.
Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
Victim of Crime Act funded duties:
- Provide direct services to victims – Respond to crime victims’ needs utilizing a trauma-informed approach:
- Facilitate safety planning and provide referrals and resources to crime victims.
- Address unwanted offender contact.
- Work with victims for visiting purposes and reentry planning services.
- Assist victims, OVS BIP staff, parole officers, and other program providers (SOP, SAP, etc.) with the family reintegration process.
- Identify, connect and collaborate with appropriate community agencies to assist with victim concerns.
- Respond to general inquiries about the Kansas Department of Corrections or offender status.
- Provide Morrissey Hearing advocacy and support to victims when an offender violates conditions of supervision.
- Provide systems advocacy during offender reentry and work with the Prisoner Review Board, facility, parole, and contract staff to encourage confidential consideration of victim safety concerns.
- Assist with facility tours for victims of crime at assigned Correctional Facilities.
- Screen release plans for victim issues. Review release plans and offender files for victimization history. Assist victims with special condition requests and release planning.
- Ensure that all documentation is completed in a timely manner within appropriate databases.
- Collaborate with KDOC staff and community partners – Provide systems advocacy for victims, enhancing their participation in the criminal justice system:
- Attend meetings and share information with facility and parole staff.
- Participate in multi-disciplinary offender reentry teams as a representative for the best interests as expressed by the victim.
- Communicate with county victim/witness coordinators to support continuum of services, specifically when an offender on supervision commits a new person offense.
- Identify and share information with community partners who provide services to victims.
- Provide information and assistance to KDOC staff to encourage appropriate intervention for offenders with a history of domestic violence.
- Other duties as assigned.
- State General Fund funded duties:
- Activities/job duties to be done only on non-grant funded time include:
- Assist with awareness activities during Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and other national awareness campaigns.
- Act as a member or consultant for the KDOC Peer Support Team.
- Participate on local CCRs representing KDOC, including work on subcommittees and projects of the CCR as appropriate.
- Plan and implement training for KDOC staff and community partners regarding OVS and victim issues.
- Assist with special projects: Develop materials as required. Assist in facilitating special project committees.
- Six months of experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring activities relevant to the agency’s programs. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.
- At least one year of experience working with crime victims or underserved populations
- Experience working with victims and offenders in a non-judgmental and confidential manner
- Basic computer skills are necessary to be able to use Outlook, Word and PowerPoint, and to navigate databases and track information
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in social sciences, criminal justice, or behavioral sciences.
- Experience working with victims in corrections, parole, or law enforcement.
- Experience in public speaking and training of adults.
- Knowledge of (and/or training in) principles of reentry and risk reduction.
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Strong knowledge of OVS, facility, and community supervision functions, processes, and procedures
Has the ability to:
- Have solid professional boundaries
- Work in a collaborative manner with other employees and community entities
- Work independently in a professional manner
- Prioritize assignments, multi-task and be flexible
- Ability to drive personal vehicle and to be moving from site to site on any given day.
- Able to lift 50 pounds.
- Able to climb flights of stairs multiple times daily.
Important recruitment information for this vacancy: Req.#205851
Job posting closes: Thursday, September 22, 2022
This position will be located in Reno County.
Who can apply: Applicants who meet the minimum requirements.