Victim Advocate

Exam type: 
Notice of Vacancy
25 & 50 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
Posting Dates: 
September 12, 2019 - September 20, 2019
Closing Date: 
September 20, 2019

Erie County District Attorney

Notice of Vacancy

Victim Advocate* 

*Please note that this position is a competitive civil service title and requires a future civil service examination. Selection for permanent appointment(s) will be made from reachable candidate(s) on the eligible list according to the NYS Civil Service Rule of Three.

Department & Location: Erie County District Attorney, 25 & 50 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo

Shift: Full time provisional, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Starting Annual Salary:  $36,731 (for new county employees) $36,731-$46,411 (for current county employees); CSEA Job Group VII 


  • Provides an initial assessment of the victim and develops a service delivery plan, including identification of immediate and/or long term services;
  • Conducts evaluation and interviews according to specific guidelines and format;
  • Provides crisis intervention counseling, and ongoing support as needed;
  • Assists victims through practical services such as referrals to shelters, relocation assistance and lock replacement;
  • Acts as a liaison between the victim and criminal justice system, including preparation for court processes;
  • Advocates on behalf of the victim for police and District Attorney’s prosecution assistance;
  • Maintains contact and shares information with Drug Court judges to achieve the goal of consistency in handling domestic violence cases;
  • Attends meetings and serves on committees which focus on domestic violence;
  • Provides orientation for victims concerning such issues as criminal justice process and how to obtain and enforce Orders of Protection;
  • Maintains accurate records and statistics monthly;
  • Links victims to appropriate community, substance abuse and mental health services;
  • Debriefs the victim and family following court proceedings.

Good knowledge of physical, psychological and social complications of domestic violence; good knowledge of the criminal justice system related to domestic violence; good knowledge of victim safety and clinical care management; good knowledge of addiction; good knowledge of community resources; ability to interview and counsel victims; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; tact; resourcefulness; capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Completion of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a concentration in Human Services, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, or related field and completion of 500 hours of field work in an internship in Human Services Domestic Violence.

 Possession of a valid New York State Driver’s License is required at time of appointment.

NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full time experience requirement.

If interested and meet the above qualifications, please forward resume to:
Kathleen Callan, Chief of Administration
Erie County District Attorney, 25 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202

This notice will be posted for the period through and including September 20, 2019.

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202