The state is accepting applications for Crime Victim Specialists 1 and Crime Victims Specialist 1 (Spanish Language) through Aug. 14 for tests that will be held Sept. 28. The list resulting from the examination will be used for vacancies in the Albany and New York City. The fee is $35.
The salary is $48,728. Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
New York State residence is not required.
Crime Victims Specialists 1 review compensation claims filed by crime victims or their survivors and determine eligibility. They interview individuals connected with the claim, for example, claimants, police, attorneys and medical personnel.
They review submitted documents for accuracy, completeness and validity of information; obtain necessary supporting documentation; compute financial losses; prepare written reports and recommendations, and render final decisions on awards less than $5,000; they also assist with the development of Victim Assistance Program-training presentations and provide internal and external compensation training.
They review medical documentation to determine casual relationship and pay medical bills. They may speak to victim-services programs and other organizations on the services and programs offered by the Office of Victim Services. Some travel is required.
On or before Sept. 28, candidates must have either 1) four years of qualifying experience, described below; or 2) an associate's degree in criminal justice, criminology, human services, psychology, social work or sociology and two years of the qualifying experience described below; or 3) a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology, human services, psychology, social work or sociology.
Qualifying experience includes completing Office of Victim Services claim applications or providing direct service to crime victims. Direct service is defined as services that immediately respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims, including those affected by human trafficking, domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse or rape by performing tasks such as: Conducting safety assessments and safety planning for victims of violent crime and providing child-protective services in person or through a state central registry.
It could also entail providing one-on-one, group or hotline counseling for crime victims; offering court-related liaison and advocacy services, including preparation for testimony and accompanying clients to court hearings; obtaining temporary, emergency resources related to shelter, food, transportation and clothing; connecting clients to permanent solutions in these areas; and other types assistance.
Those who expect to meet the educational requirements by Jan. 31 can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of the educational requirement at the time of an interview.
Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience will be accepted on a prorated basis.
Those who pass the examination for No. 26-689 Crime Victims Specialist 1 (Spanish Language) will be required to demonstrate Spanish language proficiency. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test. Those who submit an application for No. 26-689 Crime Victims Specialist 1 (Spanish Language), will automatically have an application submitted for No. 26-688 Crime Victims Specialist 1 at no additional cost.
The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as interviewing, preparing written material, and understanding and interpreting written material. A passing score is 70.
Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/.
The exam numbers are 26-688 for Crime Victim Specialists 1 and 26-689 for Crime Victims Specialist 1 (Spanish Language).
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