Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Victim Advocate II - Mental Health Specialist III

District Attorney's Office

Recruitment #22-9999-34


The Alameda County District Attorney's Office upholds Alameda County as a safe and livable community through the fair and effective administration of justice; compassionate and committed support of crime victims; innovative programs that provide opportunities for rehabilitation and reintegration; and programs designed to enhance the lives of vulnerable populations, children and youth for a bright, healthy future. Read more about our mandated services.


The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is comprised of approximately 150 attorneys, 60 inspectors, 30 Victim-Witness advocates and claim specialists, as well as a variety of administrative, finance, and communications professionals. Our jurisdiction covers over 800 square miles and our staff work in 9 offices located throughout the County.


We have six specialized divisions within the office:


§ Criminal Prosecution

§ Juvenile Justice

§ Consumer, Environmental and Worker Protection

§ DA Inspectors

§ Victim-Witness Assistance

§ Alameda County Family Justice Center


The District Attorney’s Office is presently recruiting for entry-level clerical positions to serve at one of five courthouse locations throughout Alameda County. The duties may include answering telephones, pulling, and refiling case files, special copy projects, typing and/or word processing and various other clerical duties. Applicants must possess basic computer skills. Duties may be periodically rotated at the discretion of the immediate supervisor.

In-house candidates will be considered for a lateral transfer. Appointments will be based on an evaluation of experience, skills, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

There is an immediate position available for a victim advocate. The candidate selected will be assigned to assist victims of crime and their families as required under California Penal Code 13835.5.

The Advocate will work with the victims and/or their families by addressing their social and psychological needs as they participate in the prosecution of their cases. The Advocate will assist victims in completing and filing a California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) application, answer questions regarding the CalVCP application process and provide referrals for services in the community.

The Advocate will provide the following services: crisis intervention, emergency assistance, direct counseling, resource and referral counseling to community agencies, court support, criminal justice system orientation, public presentations and trainings, and case status and disposition notification. The Advocate will also provide assistance in submitting a victim impact statement and request for direct restitution to the court.

The position requires that the Advocate perform these services through field visits to the victim's home, or other locations as requested by the victim, as well as branch offices of the District Attorney's Office and requires that the candidate possess a valid California Driver's License.

Applications will be screened for the qualified candidates to participate in an oral interview. Candidates who are selected for the interview will be notified by telephone. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, a second interview may be required among the finalists for the position.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in behavioral science, criminal justice, or related curricula, or in a field relevant to working with victims of domestic violence and their children, victims of sexual assault, victims of child abuse and exploitation, victims of elder abuse and human trafficking.
  • Work experience in the field of victim services involving the provision of victim services, peer counseling, or equivalent social service skills.
  • Valid CA drivers license
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with individuals and groups; public, private, and governmental agencies, particularly criminal justice agencies.
  • Ability to communicate and deal effectively with individuals and groups in stressful situations.
  • Ability to work effectively under conditions of limited supervision, high stress, and rapidly changing situations and circumstances.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural/ethnic diversity of the service populations and to be sensitive to the needs of special population; e.g. differently abled, young children, elderly, etc.
  • Possess interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation intended to identify factors which may limit effective job performance and other areas consistent with office policy and practice.
  • Possess the skill to successfully complete a required minimum 40 hours of entry level training.
  • Bilingual, oral and written skills
  • 40-60 hour Certificate of Training from a Domestic Violence or Rape Crisis Program
  • Possession of a California Certified Entry-Level State-certified victim advocate certificate


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well-being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

•  Medical – HMO & PPO Plans

•  Dental – HMO & PPO Plans

•  Vision or Vision Reimbursement

•  Share the Savings

•  Basic Life Insurance

•  Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)

•  Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

•  County Allowance Credit

•  Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance

•  Short-Term Disability Insurance

•  Long-Term Disability Insurance

•  Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services

•  Employee Assistance Program


For your Financial Future

•  Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)

•  Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)


For your Work/Life Balance

•  11 paid holidays

•  Floating Holidays

•  Vacation and sick leave accrual

•  Vacation purchase program

•  Management Paid Leave**

•  Catastrophic Sick Leave

•  Group Auto/Home Insurance

•  Pet Insurance

•  Commuter Benefits Program

•  Guaranteed Ride Home

•  Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership


•  Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)

•  Child Care Resources

•  1st United Services Credit Union


TO APPLY: Access the application by clicking here: DA Application

All completed applications should be emailed to DA Jobs, at da.jobs@acgov.org.

Contact Maria Lukan, Office Manager at (510) 272-6179 to request an application.

The District Attorney Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.