Victim Witness Specialist


Vacancy ID: 820110   Announcement Number: 13-CAC-820110-MS   USAJOBS Control Number: 335161200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Your response to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making screening decisions.

This is a DOJ job application system. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this application. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

For each of the following questions, select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. You may select only one response for each question. If you feel that your education or experience exceeds all of the descriptions for a particular question, choose the description that is the closest level to the experience or education that you possess. Failure to respond to these questions will result in an ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-9 Victim Witness Specialist.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: supporting ongoing victim-witness communication needs by developing and administering a comprehensive victim-witness program; communicating effectively by utilizing a variety of written media; and determining the elements of an effective agency witness program.

B. I possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g. Criminal Justice): a Masters or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. My education was obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate-level education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 18 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation.)

D. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-11 Victim Witness Specialist.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: analyzing victim-witness communication needs; developing and administering a comprehensive victim-witness program; conducting workshops or meetings with victim-witness subject-matter specialists and related officials; and determining the elements of an effective agency witness program.

B. I possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g. Criminal Justice): a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. My education was obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. (Only graduate education in excess of 2 full years is creditable. To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of hours that exceed 36 semester hours or your school's definition of two full years of study. Then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 18 or your school's definition of one year of study. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%. For example, if you had 9 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9, then you would have 75% of the required experience. If you also had 45 semester hours of creditable graduate education, 45-36=9 semester hours. 9 divided by 18 is 50% of the required education, and therefore, 75%+50%=125%. You would qualify for this position.)

D. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

3. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS12 Victim Witness Specialist.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS11 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: analyzing victim-witness communication needs in order to develop and administer a comprehensive victim-witness program; conducting workshops or meetings with victim-witness subject-matter specialists and related officials; determining the elements of an effective agency witness program; and adapting existing material to promote programmatic effectiveness.

B. I do not have the experience as described above.

Identify the specific experience from your resume or cover letter that validates your response. Also list the name and contact information of someone who can verify your response.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Providing in-court support during hearings and trials

5. Managing witness travel services

6. Reviewing literature on victim witness issues

7. Analyzing changes in legislation, case law, and court rules

8. Representing the office on task forces, committees, and working groups regarding victim-witness issues

9. Coordinating with investigative agencies to identify cases with victims and obtain victim contact information

10. Advocating on behalf of crime victims with other agencies, creditors, credit reporting agencies, and/or businesses

11. Assisting staff by securing specialized victim and witness services

12. Providing information and resources to attorneys, staff members, and law enforcement on victim-witness issues

13. Receiving calls and correspondence from victims and witnesses concerning difficulties they may experience as a direct result of a crime

14. Providing information to victims on schedule changes, status of defendant's pleas, and/ or results of trial

15. Coordinating with various law enforcement agencies

16. Managing automated victim notification system

17. Coordinating efforts with victim services providers, social services, and prosecution based victim-witness staff

18. Obtaining services and assistance for victims and witnesses through specific federal programs and funds

19. Administering special programs and funds for victims and witnesses

20. Ensuring regular and effective functioning of the victim witness programs

21. Responding to victim inquiries, assessing victim concerns, and determining program eligibility for victim-witness services

22. Maintaining records and providing oversight of special programs and funds

23. Providing issue analysis, recommendations, and advice on victim-witness matters

24. Generating statistical reports and analyses of program activity

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

25. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this program.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

I understand a comprehensive background investigation, including a check of my credit history and a pre-employment drug screening, is required for this position.

A. Yes, I certify/understand the information provided above.

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