The New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) has an immediate opening in its Special Victims Bureau for a Special Victims Counselor – Sex Crimes. This position will provide trauma-informed supportive services and conduct client engagement to sex crimes victims and their families. The Special Victims Bureau oversees five units that specialize in handling cases involving special victims: Sex Crimes Unit, Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Elder Abuse Unit, and Human Trafficking Unit. The mission of the bureau is to bring order and stability to victims’ lives while ensuring that their voices are heard in the criminal justice system.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Conduct crisis intervention interviews and needs assessments; assist with safety planning.
- Collaborate with outside agencies to assist crime victims and facilitate referrals to appropriate agencies. Follow up contact with victims to monitor their connection to services.
- Provide clinical and therapeutic support; conduct crisis counseling/therapy sessions in either individual and/or group setting.
- Assist with a range of direct services such as crime victim compensation applications, emergency shelter placements; partner with VAC- Victim Service Advocates for additional concrete services.
- Victim support and court accompaniment throughout the criminal justice process.
- Attend meetings on behalf of the bureau/Witness Aid Services Unit when directed.
- Act as a liaison between victims, families, and Assistant District Attorneys.
- Introduce victims to the prosecutorial process and provide case status information.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- New York State LMSW/LCSW required.
- Experience working with sexual assault and domestic violence required.
- Familiarity with the criminal justice system preferred.
- Ability to interact effectively with victims, witnesses, families, law enforcement officers and criminal justice personnel.
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity to victim issues a must.
- Excellent engagement, crisis intervention, and assessment skills required.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
- Ability to handle high caseload and set priorities.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
- Dependable team player who works collaboratively and cooperatively with staff in a team-oriented environment.
- Master’s degree in Social Work required.
- LMSW required.
- Spanish bilingual skills a plus.
- ASL proficiency a plus.
- SIFI certified/eligible a plus.
- Ability to work overtime and flexible hours including holidays, evenings and weekends.
- One (1) year commitment to the hiring bureau.
The New York County District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer