Washington State Victims of Crime Program Manager; Commerce Specialist 5 in Olympia, Washington


Do you have a passion for working with crime victims? Would you like to shape and drive policy around services to victims of sexual assault, primary prevention, domestic violence, general crimes, stalking, and dating violence?

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) serves as a voice within government for the needs of crime victims in Washington State. OCVA advocates on behalf of victims, administers grant funds for community programs, assists communities in planning and implementing services, and advises local and state government agencies of practices, policies, and priorities.

This position acts as the Washington State Program Manager for the victims of crime programs of OCVA. The Victims of Crime Program Manager is the State's technical expert on the Washington service delivery system, as well as the State's designated administrator of federal VOCA programs. This position is the contact to federal administrative agencies, is responsible for federal applications, reports, compliance, and negotiates on behalf of Washington State.

Join our team of passionate professionals. Apply today!


  • Develop victim of crime and victim/witness program policy.
  • Approve the development of and management of systems and tools necessary to manage the VOCA program.
  • Approve and oversee development and implementation of data collection systems.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees, as well as oversee the development of standard and special data reports.
  • Develop and manage victim of crime and victim/witness program goals and objectives.
  • Establish biennial program goals, projects, and/or areas of emphasis.
  • Develop biennial work plans, including staffing or other resource needs and deploy staff to accomplish the tasks required.
  • Develop and implement systems to measure the achievement and effectiveness of program goals and projects.
  • Supervise professional staff assigned to the program.
  • Develop and oversee administrative structure, procedures, and practices for allocating funds.
  • Provide consultation to program staff on actions, techniques, and/or approaches to assist grantees needing technical assistance.
  • Provide consultation and oversight in the development, implementation, and monitoring of grantee corrective action plans.
  • Develop and submit OCVA federal applications to Office of Victims of Crime, other public administrative or granting agencies, foundations, and/or private sector funding or granting entities.
  • Use technical expertise to review and develop professional journals, research, practice standards and other appropriate resources.
  • Oversee the work performed in the unit by identifying and supporting training and mentoring needs, coaching staff, providing guidance and managing performance.
  • Act on behalf of the Managing Director for the VOCA and Victim/Witness programs.
  • Develop and manage program biennial budget and spending plans.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of administrative structure, procedures, and practices for a system to track administrative funds. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum three years management experience, including:
  • Two years of experience in supervision.
  • Two years of experience providing services and/or administration of crime victim services.
  • One year of experience working for or in partnership with organizations based in marginalized communities and/or Native American tribes.
  • One year of experience in contracting public funds to community agencies.
  • A graduate or advanced degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Additional professional level experience in providing crime victim services and/or administration of services may substitute year-for-year for the education requirement. Supplemental Information

I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply? In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;

  • A current resume detailing experience and education; and

  • A list of at least three professional references.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Rick Torrance at 360-725-2905 or richard.torrance@commerce.wa.gov.

Who we are:

At Commerce, we're a little different. Our Olympia offices are open Monday through Friday. Our parking is free. Many of our employees bike year round. We also have an active bicycle loaner program.

Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 300 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Not from Olympia?

As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!

Special Notes:

This position is covered by a union security provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, or pay other representational fees within the first 30 days of employment.

Additional Information:

The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10575

Department: Dept. of Commerce

Closing: 10/27/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $5,001.00 - $6,727.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA