Special Victim Advocate I (M.O.V.E.S. Program)

TITLE:          SPECIAL VICTIM ADVOCATE I – M.O.V.E.S. Program

                       (Formerly known as:  Victim Specialist I)
                       Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit (Courthouse Center)
                       Lawson E. Thomas Court House Center
                       175 N.W. 1st Avenue
                       Suite 2500
                       Miami, FL 33128

Position Overview:

The Special Victim Advocate I in the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for providing direct victim-centered and confidential emergency support to victims of domestic violence, in the most serious misdemeanor cases from arrest to the final disposition of the case.  The schedule for this position is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and this position may be required to work at least one day of the week offsite at the Coordinated Victim Assistance Center (CVAC).

The Job Responsibilities are:

  • Conducting assessments to determine victims’ needs
  • Establishing individualized case management plans
  • Ensuring all victims receive referrals to and information on domestic violence community assistance services, crisis intervention counseling, and on-going counseling
  • Assisting victims with the Crimes Compensation application process
  • Informing victims of their rights and information on legal services
  • Accompanying victims to any criminal and civil proceedings as necessary
  • Conducting presentations within the community
  • Coordinating shelter for victims in need
  • Keeping thorough case notes for statistical reports
  • Attending arraignment and bond hearing on a rotation basis
  • Assisting with weekend DV Assessment calls
  • Taking statements to facilitate the prosecution of the cases
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Social Work/Psychology and one (1) year experience working directly with victims in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position or,
  • Associate Degree preferably in Social work/Psychology and three (3) years’ experience working directly with victims in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position or,
  • Five (5) years’ combination of education and experience working directly with victims in a Paralegal, Victim & Witness Specialist, or Victim Advocate position

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:

  • Being fluent in English and Spanish or English and Creole
  • Having a thorough understanding of how to cope with victims in crisis
  • Having prior work experience with victims of domestic violence 

Specific Skills and Characteristics

 The Successful Candidate must be able to: 

  • Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Possess and demonstrate being detailed-oriented
  • Possess and demonstrate the ability to handle difficult and stressful situations
  • Work effectively under pressure and meet stringent time constraints
  • Be a self–starter and work independently
  • Be adaptable to change
  • Be flexible with their work schedule
  • Work effectively with all levels of staff and the public

Starting Annual Salary: $35,568.00

 To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Legal Assistant IV – Juvenile Division

Title: Legal Assistant IV – Juvenile Division (formerly known as Legal Secretary III)

                Miami-Dade County Children’s Courthouse
                155 N.W. 3rd Avenue
                Miami, FL  33128

Position Overview

The Legal Assistant IV works directly with the Assistant Division Chief and Assistant Chief in the Direct File Investigation Unit.  This is a specialized unit that deals with our most serious charges and our most serious offenders. The unit processes serious cases such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking and more. The cases are followed through their completion in their entirety through the adult system. The work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but flexibility of the work schedule is needed.

 

 

The Minimum Requirements are:

 

  • High School Diploma or its equivalent
  • Four (4) years secretarial or clerical experience, one (1) year of which must be as a Legal Assistant
  • Successful completion of the Skills Test

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:

 

  • Being Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Working knowledge of the case flow in the Felony Division 
  • Having direct work experience in Juvenile or the Felony Screening Unit

 Specific Skills and Characteristics are:

 The Successful Candidate must be able to:

  • Type 30 accurate words per minute
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent analytical, organizational, verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess and demonstrate being detailed oriented
  • Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
  • Work effectively under pressure
  • Work independently and meet stringent deadlines
  • Must be flexible with their work schedule and be able to work additional hours when required
  • Effectively work with all levels of staff and outside agencies 

Starting Annual $30,306.84

 

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application and updated resume to:  SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com. 

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

 Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

 Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

 

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Investigation Report: Latasha Walton

On July 20, 2021, an investigative report was signed by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in the officer involved shooting case involving Latasha Walton.

Latasha Walton Investigative Report

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s Statement on Champlain South Tower Access Issues

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Miami – (July 15, 2021)

Statement from State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Regarding Champlain South Tower Access Issues

“Engineers from the federal agency National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were deployed to Surfside with Congressional authority to gather evidence and determine how and why the Champlain South Tower collapsed.

NIST is the fact-finding agency responsible for investigating building collapses such as the World Trade Center, much like the NTSB investigates plane crashes.

To date, there have been multiple requests by engineers and attorneys to gain access to this site due to their understandable desire to move their civil court actions forward. However, we cannot forget that the scene and all the related materials are still under active investigation, preservation and examination, and as usual, law enforcement is in charge of the scene.

It is my understanding that once NIST, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police Departments determine that it is safe and appropriate for others to gain access to the site, they will be permitted to do so under guidelines set forth by those agencies.”

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For more information, contact Terry Chavez, Public Information Officer at (305) 547-0535 or TerryGonzalez-Chavez@MiamiSAO.com.

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Legal Assistant III Trial Coordinator – (Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit)

Title:             Legal Assistant III Trial Coordinator – Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit
                      (Formerly known as Legal Secretary Secretary II)

Location:     Lawson E. Thomas
                       Courthouse Center
                       175 N.W. 1st Avenue
                       Miami, FL 33128        

 

Position Overview:

This Legal Assistant III in the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for providing support to four or five Assistant State Attorneys with complex and confidential secretarial work on trial cases. The work schedule for this position is: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Job Responsibilities are: 

  • Preparing misdemeanor domestic violence cases
  • Generating and processing trial subpoenas timely
  • Ordering reports and evidence such as case reports, telephone and medical records
  • Processing daily court calendars
  • Filing and distributing incoming and outgoing mail
  • Updating witnesses in HYDRA
  • Conducting extensive phone work
  • Setting appointments for deposition, pre-trial and pre-file conferences
  • Assisting the Pre-file Conference Legal Assistant, Victim Witness Specialist and Paralegal in the Unit as needed
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are: 

  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Three (3) years of secretarial and/or general clerical experience
  • Successful completion of the Skills Test

The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are:

  • Possessing working knowledge of community resources
  • Possessing working knowledge of HYDRA, CJIS and E-Notify programs
  • Possessing one (1) year of Legal Assistant II experience

 Specific Skills and Characteristics:

 The Successful Candidate must be able to:

  • Work effectively under stringent deadlines
  • Be a self-starter
  • Lift boxes weighing 25 pounds
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Work independently
  • Be adaptable to change
  • Be detailed-orientated
  • Possess and demonstrate a significant knowledge of computer programs
  • Work effectively under pressure and with all levels of staff
  • Type 25 accurate words per minute

Starting Annual Salary:  $27,040.08

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Paralegal Specialist II (Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit)

Title:            Paralegal Specialist II – Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit
Location:     Lawson E. Thomas
                       Courthouse Center
                       175 N.W. 1st Avenue
                       Miami, FL 33128        

                       Two (2) Positions Available

Position Overview:

The Paralegal Specialist II in the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for having a full time PFC calendar of appointments in order to take sworn testimony from victims, witnesses and police officers, to determine if the appropriate filing charges were made at the time of the arrest.  The schedule for this position is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Job Responsibilities are: 

  • Submitting clear, concise and grammatically correct written statements of facts for the attorneys to review
  • Attending bond and arraignment hearings to interview, assess, provide victim advocacy and take sworn statements
  • Explaining the dynamics of domestic violence, and counseling and providing triage to the victims
  • Cross-training in the handling of walk-in cases as needed to determine if criminal charges can be filed
  • Understanding all the intricacies of civil matters like Injunction for Protection Orders
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

The Minimum Requirements are: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree, and one (1) year experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Associate Degree and three (3) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Successful completion of a two (2) year Paralegal program and three (3) years’ experience as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator), or
  • Five (5) years equivalent combination of experience working as a as a Paralegal, Victim Witness Specialist, Case Analyst, or Legal Assistant (Trial Coordinator)

*Candidates with some years’ experience may apply, and if selected, the pay increase will start when total years of experience requirements are met.  Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be given first consideration.

 The Preferred Qualifications and Skills are: 

  • Having experience working with domestic violence victims and an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and how to cope with victims in crisis
  • Having working knowledge of community-based programs
  • Being fluent in English and Spanish

 Specific Skills and Characteristics

The Successful Candidate must be able to:

  • Possess and demonstrate excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Possess and demonstrate exceptional writing skills
  • Possess and demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills
  • Possess and demonstrate significant knowledge of computer programs
  • Work effectively under pressure and independently
  • Be flexible with their work schedule

Starting Annual Salary:  $30,306.84

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application, and updated resume to: SAOJobs@MiamiSAO.com.  Applications can be downloaded from our website at:  www.miamisao.com.

The State Attorney’s Office reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior written or other notice.  All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.  False statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

Insurance benefits, vacation package and Florida Retirement System Pension benefits are offered with this position

Internal and External Candidates will be considered
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Gun Violence Virtual Town Hall

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted anti-violence community activist Tangela Sears, numerous Miami-Dade County police chiefs and concerned residents during a virtual town hall meeting focusing on gun violence and strategic ways to work together to keep our communities safe and free of gun violence.

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Fernandez Rundle Warns of Charity Scams from Surfside Tragedy

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Miami – July 9, 2021

“With the tragic Champlain Towers condominium collapse so fresh on our minds, and with the death of so many emotionally devastating our community, I know that we all want to do everything we can to help the victims, their families and those dedicated first responders who have spent endless days sifting through the rubble hoping to find survivors.

Many will wish to make some form of charitable contribution to help these victims, many our personal friends, try to reestablish their lives. Unfortunately, even in these most devastating moments, there are some individuals who may see the kindness and generosity of our community as a potential source of easy cash by running a charitable scam.

If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from a charity assisting the victims, do your homework before giving out your credit card number or writing a check. Consider researching a charity’s legitimacy with organizations such as Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or GuideStar.

If you are contacted by someone who you suspect is operating a charitable scam, please contact our Hotline at (305) 547-3300 so that our investigators and prosecutors can review your concerns. You may also send an email address to Hotline@miamisao.com. Complainants will receive an automatic reply that the information submitted will be reviewed. Additional information can be found on the Florida Division of Consumer Services website https://www.fdacs.gov/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services

With the help of our community, we can work together to make sure that everyone’s goodwill is delivered to the families affected by this tragedy.”

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For further information, contact Terry Chavez, Public Information Officer at (305) 547-0535 or TerryGonzalez-Chavez@MiamiSAO.com.

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Fernandez Rundle’s Statement Regarding the Grand Jury and Champlain Towers

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Miami – July 07, 2021

“As a community, we remain shaken and horrified by the immense loss of life and the sheer destruction caused by the collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium building.

Today, in addressing the members of the Spring Term Miami-Dade County Grand Jury, I requested, pending the conclusion of the long-term investigation that will yield the cause of the collapse, that they look into how we can prevent such a disaster from occurring again, not just in Surfside, and not just in condominiums, but in all buildings and structures in the coastal, intercoastal and surrounding areas of our county, state and nation. The members of the Grand Jury enthusiastically agreed to accept this challenge and voted in favor of conducting such an investigation.

As a cross-section of our community, our Grand Juries and their published reports have historically led the way to numerous reforms and improvements in Miami-Dade County and beyond. For example, the improvements of our building code after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew are directly attributable to the efforts of a prior Dade County Grand Jury. As the work of the Grand Jury is confidential under Florida law, we will not be able to share with you any specifics of what they are doing. However, the results of their efforts will be presented and released at the end of their term with the issuance of their Grand Jury Report. I look forward to the Grand Jury Report’s insights, recommendations and propose solutions. I hope as a result of their work, the people of Miami-Dade will be able to rest better and sleep
soundly knowing they are safe in their homes.”

– State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

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For Immediate Release: State Attorney Fernandez Rundle’s Statement on the Champlain Towers Condominium

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Miami ( June 29, 2021) – A Statement from Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle regarding the Champlain Towers Condominium.

“Few words can describe the shock and horror that the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building has evoked in all of us.

The morning that this tragic event occurred, I deployed senior prosecutors to the disaster site to collaborate with the engineers and other investigators to assist as needed. I also sent victim specialists to the site in order to be available around the clock to help the grieving friends and family members with all necessary support.

Since that time, I have visited the scene multiple times and we have continued to provide whatever help we can. Each time I have gone, I have been overwhelmed by the heroics of the first responders who have labored tirelessly to save lives.

I know from personally speaking with engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that their investigation to determine exactly how and why the building collapsed will take a long time. It is painstaking and complicated work. I will not do anything to jeopardize their investigative findings which will hopefully prevent future tragedies like this from happening.

However, this is a matter of extreme public importance, and as the State Attorney elected to keep this community safe, I will not wait. My office has a long tradition of presenting more than just criminal cases to the Grand Jury. Our Grand Juries have also served as a cross-section of the community to evaluate matters of health and public safety. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, the Grand Jury issu ed a report that helped lead to better building codes. The Grand Jury has also made recommendations regarding the environmental integrity of Biscayne Bay, the financial survival of Jackson Memorial Public Hospital, and the safety of our public housing communities. To that end, I plan to request that our Grand Jury look at what steps we can take to safeguard our residents without jeopardizing any scientific, public safety, or potential criminal investigations.

Our hearts and prayers are with every victim, family member, friend and co-worker who has been affected by this tragedy. As your State Attorney, I assure you that my attorneys, staff and I are dedicated to ensuring that those who were lost will never be forgotten.”

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