The Families of Murder Victims (FMV) Preliminary Hearing Coordinator provides direct services to co-victims of homicide over the telephone and in court. All duties are carried out in accordance with the standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for Comprehensive Victim Service Center Programs.
The FMV Preliminary Hearing Coordinator receives direct supervision from the FMV Program Director and the agency Executive Director. Orientation and training is received on the job, through PCCD, and through other training resources deemed appropriate by the Program Director and the Executive Director, with consideration of the employee’s skills and interests.
Court Accompaniment Responsibilities:
- Prepares FMV Preliminary Hearing Schedule/List based on information obtained from DA Homicide Unit Support Staff.
- Provides victim services and advocacy to co-victims of homicide at all Homicide Preliminary Hearings.
- Ensures appropriate victim service coverage at Preliminary Hearings by coordinating and supervising other FMV staff, interns, or volunteers at Preliminary Hearings.
- Organizes and maintains a system of outreach and follow-up to co-victims who do not appear at Preliminary Hearings, for the purpose of providing them with basic information related to the status of their case.
Victim Service Responsibilities:
- Provides basic criminal justice information and case status information to co-victims in court and on telephone.
- Utilizes a basic understanding of Traumatic Bereavement and informal supportive counseling techniques when interacting with all crime victims on the telephone or in person.
- Organizes and maintains a system of outreach to co-victims where no-arrest is made, for the purpose of informing them of the availability of victim services.
- Assists the FMV Trial Coordinator with court accompaniment to trials and sentencing hearings when available.
- Assists co-victims with Crime Victim Compensation applications in person, by telephone, and by mail.
- Maintains FMV documentation standards.
- Tabulates monthly service delivery statistics, and maintains this information within the computer database.
- Adheres to client confidentiality policies and the Victim Services Code of Ethics.
- Adheres to appropriate documentation and confidentiality procedures for referrals within the agency, and for referrals for services outside of AVP.
- Assists with other administrative responsibilities as assigned.
- Participates in community outreach efforts and other victim service projects when appropriate.
- Assists the FMV Program Director in training interns and volunteers regarding victim service procedures at Preliminary Hearings and regarding administrative tasks involving outreach and follow-up to co-victims.
- Works together with the FMV Program Director work together to address problems with and/or the learning needs of interns and volunteers.
The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Health and Dental Insurance; Paid 2 Weeks Vacation; Paid Personal Time Off; All City of Philadelphia Holidays.
Minimum Education Required