Diversion Program Specialist
The purpose of this position is to assist the Court Diversion Coordinator in working with low risk offenders to reduce recidivism and criminal justice caseloads by: (1) gain knowledge of the available assessment tools, treatment providers and service programs, (2) work with the prosecutors to develop a diversion plan for qualified defendants, (3) independently meet with qualified defendants and/or their defense attorneys and inform them of their options within the program, (4) draft the contracts/court documents that accurately reflect the diversion agreement, (5) monitor the defendant’s compliance with the agreement by communicating with treatment providers, service programs, victims, prosecutors and/or defense attorneys, (6) confer with the prosecutors regarding decisions to revoke an agreement when a violation occurs, continue or modify an agreement when a violation occurs or conclude the case when no violation occurs, and (7) act as the District Attorney’s liaison with defendants and other stakeholders. The work is performed under the direction of the District Attorney.
A bachelor’s degree from an approved college/university in the fields of Criminal Justice, Social Work, or a related field, and some legal experience which required knowledge of the judicial system and court procedures preferred; or any combination of related education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. The responsibilities of this position require a highly- organized, self-motivated individual with attention to detail and ability to handle multiple assignments independently, efficiently, and effectively. Also required are excellent communication, teamwork and computer skills. Knowledge of treatment options and community resources effective in reducing criminal recidivism is desirable.