The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is seeking a consultant to act as the State Victim Liaison (SVL). The SVL will work to identify existing resources as well as gaps in the continuum of care for rural victims of crime throughout the Commonwealth, and to work collaboratively with the KJPSC and other stakeholders to distinguish appropriate solutions. The candidate will be identified and retained through the state's existing procurement process overseen by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. The consultant, who will receive a subaward, will be responsible for acting as a liaison with local organizations, stakeholders and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Evidence suggests that resources and advocacy should be available for all victims; however, a need for support and services may be even greater for those who reside in rural locations. In addition to physical and geographic isolation, rural victims face an array of additional barriers when compared to their urban peers, including a lack of transportation and childcare, a greater likelihood of experiencing poverty, a lack of economic opportunities and higher rates of substance abuse and disability. Additionally, rural victims frequently have to travel long distances to access resources, and the agencies themselves are often not equivalent to those that operate in more populated areas.
The presence of a State Victim Liaison will significantly expand the support available to Kentucky's agencies and provide the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and other stakeholders a better understanding of the needs of rural victims and the realities that impact their ability to access high-quality programming. In addition, the candidate will provide personalized, direct support and mentorship for stakeholders and agencies serving rural victims of crime, as well as training, technical assistance, and support for staff providing direct services, and interaction with other stakeholders such as law enforcement, units of local government and community members.
Expected Job Duties:
- Acting as a liaison with local organizations, stakeholders, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and other agencies operating within the continuum of care;
- Aiding stakeholders in a better understanding of the needs of rural victims and the realities that impact their ability to access high-quality programming through the use of appropriate techniques including, but not limited to, needs assessment, focus groups, cognitive interviews, and SWOT analyses;
- Fostering effective partnerships to increase meaningful access for rural crime victims throughout Kentucky;
- Providing personalized, direct support and mentorship for stakeholders and agencies serving rural victims of crime
- Demonstrating the provision of high quality, victim centered services
- Working directly with staff at the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to identify techniques and strategies that can maximize resources for rural victims;
- Providing direct support to identified programs, as well as training, technical assistance, and support for staff providing direct services, and interaction with other stakeholders such as law enforcement, units of local government, and community members.
Required minimum experience
for the State Victim Liaison applicant must include:
- Completion of a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of study, e.g. Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Family Science, etc.;
- 7 or more years of experience working with non-profit agencies, allied professionals, and other stakeholders to provide high quality direct services to victims of crime;
- Direct responsibility for the administration and implementation of externally funded projects, and;
- A demonstrated ability to forge partnerships with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.
If you have questions pertaining to the state victim liaison position, please contact us at:
Grants Management Division
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-3251
Fax: (502) 564-8244