Criminal Justice and Education Liaison
Criminal Justice and Education Liaison
PURPOSE: Responsible for providing direct services to victims in all of our rural service counties. The CJ & E Liaison will coordinate and facilitate all activities, quarterly meetings and training for the four Coordinated Community Response teams (CCRs) in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne Counties: 1) collect and compile data for the CCRs to aid in improving the criminal justice system response to sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, etc.; 2) coordinate the evaluation and adoption of formalized policies, procedures and guidelines on response to sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, etc. for each of the county CCRs and; 3) serve as a liaison for victim services, law enforcement, prosecution, the criminal justice system (CJS), probation and other agencies in the four CCRs. The CJ& E Liaison will also inform victims in each of the four counties of CJS processes, provide court advocacy, keep victims informed on their case status throughout the CJS process and do follow-up beyond CJS proceedings; will perform educational and prevention programs and conduct outreach in all of our rural service counties. The CJ & E Liaison reports to and is under the direct supervision of the SA/DV Supervisor and Executive Director.
LOCATION: Primarily Wayne Office
STATUS: Full-time (40 hrs./week)
Primarily business hours between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Occasional traveling to all service counties to meet the needs of the agency
Some evening/weekend work required
Occasional overnight travel
Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice preferred
or equivalent experience in a related field preferred
Knowledge of court procedures and criminal justice process
Experience in program development & implementation
Experience in leadership and/or supervision
Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and oral)
Knowledgeable of issues related to domestic, dating and sexual violence
Ability to provide absolute confidentiality
Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively
Ability to remain calm and work sensitively with clients
Demonstrated commitment & dedication to goals of Haven House
Valid drivers license, insurance, and vehicle
Ability to lift over 25 pounds
- 40 % of the time is spent to establish and implement community response programs
- With the technical assistance of the SA/DV Supervisor and Executive Director develop a community response plan for Cedar, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties by using the Dakota County CRT as a model
- Plan and facilitate meetings in the respective counties to establish CRT’s
- Assist with developing a CRT mission statement to serve as a guide
- Assess training needs or desires of member agencies
- Identify gaps in services for victims and gaps in offender accountability
- Assist all CRT member agencies with the development of policies and procedures focused on victim safety and offender accountability
- Implement programs as outlined by CRT policies and procedures
- 15% of the time is spent to coordinate activities and provide leadership of the CRT’s
- Serve as the liaison for the CRT to ensure members are informed of CRT related issues (locally, statewide, & nationally).
- Conduct and/or coordinate CRT training on domestic, dating, and sexual violence, and other topics
- Coordinate and facilitate CRT meetings (mail agenda, keep minutes, etc.)
- Assist members of the CRT with the development of a comprehensive coordinated response plan.
- Promote awareness of the CRT via news releases, PSA’s, and the distribution of outreach materials to victim service agencies, churches, community organizations, etc.
- Assist the CRT in identifying gaps and weaknesses in the criminal justice and community response to domestic and sexual violence
- Keep Executive Director abreast of all issues relevant to community response programs
- 15 % of the time is spent on criminal justice advocacy
- Monitor/review/document law enforcement reports and other related incidents.
- Check failures to appear, histories of abuse, and any information pertinent to the court for bond hearings/reviews
- Attend bond hearings and domestic violence court hearings
- Provide victims criminal justice advocacy by explaining the CJ process, assisting with filing protection orders, transportation to court, and follow-up contact on case status.
- Develop and maintain a data collection system for tracking cases through the progression of the court system.
- Compile statistical reports as required by the Office of Justice Program and the agency.
- 20% of the time is spent to provide crisis intervention and support to survivors
- Provide crisis line support on a weekly rotation with other staff members (includes evenings, weekends, and holidays)
- Provide supportive listening and agency referrals.
- Provide access to agency services based on needs assessment of each individual client.
- Complete case management forms (provision of services, confidentiality, etc.) case narratives and service records on all client contacts as required
- 5% of the time is spent to network with all victim service agencies
- Become knowledgeable and keep abreast of area services available for clients
- Keep abreast of changes or additions in area services.
- Update relevant service agencies of changes in and/or additions to our services.
- 5% of the time is spend on records management and program planning and development
- Prepare reports for agency’s funding sources and maintain client & statistical records as required.
- Complete case narratives and service records on all client contacts
- Emphasis on clear, concise, and accurate records
- Meet all reporting deadlines as prescribed
- Assist the Executive Director with grant applications by developing an annual CRT plan
- Identify gaps in service within systems (internal & external)
- Propose new ideas and methods for enhancing current programs and new program development
- Keep current on new methods and information pertaining to domestic violence and sexual assault
- Adhere to all agency policies and procedures
- Provide absolute confidentiality
- Support policies and procedures as prescribed
- Maintain a positive, professional working relationship with all agency staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, members of the criminal justice system and all outside agency related contacts
As assigned or requested by the Executive Director and/or SA/DV Supervisor
- Attend staff, board, and other meetings relevant to program planning & development
- Attend trainings and conferences
- Assist with the enhancement/development, and implementation of agency programs
- Complete other duties requested or assigned