Yakima County Human Resources

  • 115-108 Senior Program Representative - Prosecuting Attorney's Office

    Working Title
    Senior Program Representative
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Prosecuting Attorney's Office
    Required Testing/Exercises
    AFSCME Local 87
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $3,610 per month
  • Overview

    There is one opening for a Senior Program Representative in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, District Court Division.  


    The Senior Program Representative provides information and advocacy to victims of crimes as well as performs a variety of substantive activities involving investigation, research, planning and evaluation in the Victim-Witness Unit under the guidance of the unit manager.


    This recruitment may be used to fill any additional positions that open within 90 days of the date of closing of this position. 


    Evaluates law enforcement reports to identify victims and witnesses and determine needs and appropriate course of action to proceed with prosecution. Establishes contact with those individuals for both district court and felony cases. Determines and coordinates with law enforcement the evidence that is required and disseminates information to the deputy prosecutor; Determines appropriate discovery that should be sent to the defense counsel.


    Provides assistance to victims and witnesses throughout the criminal procedure process. This may be in the form of guidance or in the form of emotional support. Reviews case information and meets with these individuals to provide a criminal justice orientation session and for the purpose of evaluating and determining if referrals to social service agencies would be appropriate. Coordinates with social service agencies when referrals are deemed necessary.


    Serves as an intermediary between the deputy prosecutor and victims and witnesses. Communicates regularly with the families of victims of vehicular homicides and assaults. Attends court hearings with the families or in the place of families when they are unable to attend. Conveys information to the victims, witnesses or families of those individuals.


    Coordinates interviews with victims, witnesses and law enforcement at the request of deputy prosecuting attorneys and also defense counsel. Assists deputy prosecutor to develop pertinent interview questions for victims and witnesses. Participates in defense interviews to ensure that the rights of those being interviewed are not violated. Evaluates and provides interview discovery to defense counsel.


    Provides assistance to the deputy prosecutor with trial preparation and case management. Coordination and evaluation assistance to deputy prosecutor for State's witnesses, victims and law enforcement during court hearings and for the purpose of testifying at trial. Analyze, develop and direct service of subpoena on appropriate victims, witnesses and law enforcement. Direct proper dissemination of witness lists.


    Research, analyze, prepare and negotiate restitution settlements under attorney supervision. Conduct and evaluate restitution investigation with appropriate private and public sources, as well as, evidence obtained by law enforcement. Coordinate restitution with Washington State Crime Victims Compensation and victims' private insurance providers.


    Other duties as assigned.


    Required Education and Experience:

    Associate's Degree or two-year technical certificate in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field PLUS two full-time years of related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job.


    Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.


    This is an AFSCME Local 87 Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.  


    Equipment Operated:

    Computer, printer, copy machine, fax machine, phone, audio-visual equipment, recording devices, calculator.


    Working Conditions:

    • May involve exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals
    • Positions in this class typically require: standing, sitting, reaching, handling, fingering, talking, hearing, visual activity 

     Physical Requirements:

    Sedentary Work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


    Knowledge in:

    • Office practices and procedures using computer applications
    • Practices and principles of project management as related to the Victim/Witness caseload
    • Purposes, theories, principles and practices related to Victim/Witness Assistance Programs
    • Basic principles and practices of crisis counseling
    • Criminal Justice System and Social Services Systems
    • Research, interviewing and investigation techniques and methodology

    Skills in:

    • Researching and analyzing data and formulating sound conclusions
    • Interpreting and applying policies, procedures, laws, and regulations
    • Conducting interviews and giving presentations
    • Preparing complex reports, documents, notices and descriptions
    • Performing basic mathematical calculations and paying attention to detail and accuracy
    • Using computers, related software applications and standard office equipment
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public
    • Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction


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