The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) is seeking candidates for appointment to its Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council assists in the formulation of policies, provides recommendations to OVS, and shares information to improve the delivery of services to individuals affected by victimization. Additionally, the Council advises OVS in establishing Statewide goals and objectives for advancing innovative solutions in the field of victim services.
OVS requests assistance in extending invitations to potential new members to fill the following anticipated vacancies. It is OVS’ goal that the Council be reflective of the diversity of the State and its people.
· At least Five (5) General Membership Vacancies: Members must have a demonstrated active interest in or obtained professional knowledge in the field of victim services. Members must also maintain active membership in one of the five regional crime victim service providers’ coalitions.
· One (1) Survivor Vacancy: Survivor member should elevate the voice and experience of those impacted by gun violence as it relates to the mission of OVS and role of the Council. The nominee may be a survivor or a surviving family member of a victim.
Members are appointed for one three-year term and are expected to attend and participate in quarterly meetings for the duration of their term. Currently, all meetings are held in a virtual or hybrid setting. This is a working council, and therefore Council business regularly occurs outside of quarterly meetings. Current Council Members meet at least once a month to carry out and discuss ongoing council business. All members are expected to participate in the work of the council.
Anyone interested in seeking appointment to the Advisory Council must complete the 2022 Advisory Council Nomination Surveyherebefore Tuesday, November 14th, 2023.In order to be considered, all instructions must be followed, including submission of applicable attachments and supporting materials. OVS may elect to interview prospective members.
If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Szczesny, Community Engagement Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.