VICTIMS ADVOCATE #63970 O.C.
Civil Service Job: Yes
Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Examinations will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014
$19.14 - $21.28, Grade 19 General Bargaining Unit
Information on the VICTIMS ADVOCATE #63970 O.C. position
Vacancy: Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the Cattaraugus District Attorney’s Office, Little Valley, New York
Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant. The amount of the fee is fifteen dollars ($15) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”. Cash Will Not Be Accepted. Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates for this exam or subsequent exams until such time as restitution is made. Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks. Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination, who file their application after the final filing date or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date. Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications. Application fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance. Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at: www.cattco.org.
Residency: Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists.
Duties: The work involves responsibility for coordinating and participating in the various activities of a Crime Victims Program. An incumbent acts as a liaison between the Office of the District Attorney and the courts, police departments, social service agencies and the other support agencies, as well as providing continuing direct personal assistance to crime victims or witnesses and their families. The employee establishes a working relationship with the victims or witnesses, providing them with necessary information on court procedures and accompanying them throughout the entire process. The work is performed under the general supervision of the District Attorney with leeway allowed for the use of independent judgment within established guidelines. A Victims Advocate does related work as required.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Paralegal Studies, or related degree and one year of experience involving interviewing and counseling members of the public in a human services or law enforcement setting; OR
B. Three years of experience involving interviewing and counseling members of the public in a human services or law enforcement setting; OR
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A. and B. above.
NOTE: Experience as referenced above refers to full time paid experience. Paid experience gained on a part-time basis will be pro-rated to determine eligibility. Therefore, candidates must be specific when reporting number of hours worked.
SUBJECT OF WRITTEN TEST designed to test for knowledges, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
1. Criminal justice principles, practices and procedures - These questions test for knowledge of the criminal justice system. Questions may cover such topics as the types and levels of various crimes; types of courts, their functions and jurisdiction; courtroom and criminal justice procedures; and alternatives to incarceration.
2. Assisting and counseling crime victims - These questions test for knowledge of the principles, practices, and programs associated with assisting and counseling crime victims in New York State. Questions may cover such topics as identifying crime victims in need of assistance; understanding and recognizing the impact of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, assault, DWI, and other crimes on victims and their families; determining social, personal, emotional, educational, legal, and employment resources needed; referring victims and their families to those resources; using crisis intervention and supportive counseling techniques; assisting crime victims in working with the legal system; and working with volunteers.
3. Educating and interacting with the public - These questions test for knowledge of techniques used to interact effectively with individual citizens and/or community groups, to educate or inform them about topics of concern, to publicize or clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to represent one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with others in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service.
4. Interviewing - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in obtaining information from individuals through structured conversations. These questions require you to apply the principles, practices, and techniques of effective interviewing to hypothetical interviewing situations. Included are questions that present a problem arising from an interviewing situation, and you must choose the most appropriate course of action to take.
5. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
STUDY GUIDE: The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
Candidates are allowed to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.
Complete Job Description & Qualifications
Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the VICTIMS ADVOCATE #63970 O.C. position.
PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.
If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.
SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).
CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.
VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.
Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.
Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.
In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.
Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer