Career Opportunities at Second Chance

Mission

Disrupting the cycles of incarceration and poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org.  Make sure you clearly indicate which position you are applying for.

Due to the high volume of resumes received, we sincerely appreciate no phone calls or additional emails to ask if your resume has been received.  If you did not receive an error message, you can assume your resume has been received and will be processed accordingly.

We will review all resumes and forward those candidates who best meet the qualifications and requirements listed on the job posting to the hiring manager.  If your background and experience are a fit with the requirements of the position, you will be contacted for an interview.  Those resumes who do not meet the minimum qualifications and requirements and/or which do not specify the open position they are applying for, will not be forwarded for review.

Thank you for your interest in working at Second Chance.


event coordinator - part time

Position Overview:
Seeking experienced, take-charge professional with interest in creative, mission-driven special event planning, administration and logistics for up to 10 events per year, which could include theater-style fundraising productions, galas, receptions, graduations, friendraisers, etc.  Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision, and be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. The Event Coordinator should have a love for special event management, provide outstanding customer service, be a creative thinker, an enthusiastic professional, a problem solver, and be able to sustain relationships with internal and external partners.

Event Planning and Production:
•    As part of the development team, assist in planning, scripting and preparing timeline for all special events.
•    Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process.
•    Conduct research, make site visits, and find resources to help staff make decisions about event possibilities.
•    Manage execution of all special events to include:

o    Event Programming

  • With direction from VP of Advancement, negotiate venue contracts and book event spaces, arrange food and beverage for attendees and volunteers, order supplies and audiovisual equipment, rentals, make travel arrangements, order event signage, and ensure appropriate décor (florals, linens, color schemes, etc.) to meet the quality expectations of Second Chance.
  • Recruit and assign volunteers.
  • Track ticketing software updates.
  • Serve as liaison with vendors on all event-related matters.
  • Work with the venue’s on-site staff to ensure all logistics and details about the event are accurate.
  • Manage day-of, on-site production and clean up for events as needed.
  • Prepare name tags, gift bags, registration lists, seating cards, etc.
  • Handle arising issues and troubleshoot emerging problems on the event day.
  • Close out all events as required.

o    Event Marketing & Promotion

  • Coordinate event marketing, including social media, website and printed materials.
  • Work with graphic artist to prepare printed programs, postcards, invitations as needed.
  • Assist in solicitation of program ads.

o    Event Administration

  • With direction from VP of Advancement, assist with preparing budgets for each event project.
  • Keep track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting.
  • Solicit bids from vendors – including venue, caterers, DJs, florists and photographers/videographers as needed.
  • Coordinate appointments and visits to space and scheduling of events on the calendar for staff and volunteers.


Qualifications:
•    Proven track record in raising money from events.
•    Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
•    Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism.
•    Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision.
•    Strong customer service ethic and high expectations for quality.
•    Bachelor’s degree preferred; significant work experience can substitute for the degree.
•    Three - five years’ experience coordinating special events.
•    Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and mail merges; email and web searches.
•    Comfortable with event technology, such as special event donation software, ticketing software, etc.

Compensation:
$27.00 hourly; 20 hours per week.

Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to tgooch@secondchanceprogram.org with "Events Coordinator" in the subject line.


job developer/business services representative - full time

Program Overview - Reentry Works

The Reentry Works Program is an extension of the American Job Center’s network that is based inside Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. Through the Reentry works program, inmates will be provided career assessments, job seeker services, and job placement services pre-release from custody. Staff will also provide case management services post release to ensure continued success. The goals of the program are to reduce recidivism and increase employment outcomes.

Responsibilities

The Business Service Representative is responsible to help identify high-demand industries and facilitate relationships with employers who are willing to hire justice involved individuals, while serving as a crucial resource for professional development to all clients.  This person will conduct regular outreach to new contacts, help organize “Employer Socials” and host mock interviews to prepare clients for the job market, among other tasks.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field required.  A combination of relevant college coursework and at least two years’ experience performing similar duties and responsibilities may substitute for college degree.

Qualifications: Three or more years of job development or related experience. Strong facilitation skills, understanding of gender specific needs of incarcerated women and trauma informed care preferred.  Experience working with reentry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Compensation Second Chance offers a competitive salary and provides employer paid healthcare coverage and a benefits package including vision, dental, and life insurance.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reentry Works Job Developer" in the subject line.


case manager - reentry works - full time

Program Overview

The Reentry Works Program is an extension of the American Job Center’s network that is based inside Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility. Through the Reentry works program, inmates will be provided career assessments, job seeker services, and job placement services pre-release from custody. Staff will also provide case management services post release to ensure continued success. The goals of the program are to reduce recidivism and increase employment outcomes.

Responsibilities

The Case Manager is responsible for providing wrap around case management support to clients including: intake assessments, case planning, goal setting, reentry planning, progress monitoring, and group facilitation.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field required.  A combination of relevant college coursework and at least two years’ experience performing similar duties and responsibilities may substitute for college degree.

Qualifications: Two or more years of case management or related experience. Strong facilitation skills, understanding of gender specific needs of incarcerated women and trauma informed care preferred Experience working with re-entry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual Preferred.

Compensation Second Chance offers a competitive salary and provides employer paid healthcare coverage and a benefits package including vision, dental, and life insurance.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reentry Works Case Manager" in the subject line.

 


Rehabilitation Counselor - Full TIME 

 

Program Background – Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program

The Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program serves our County’s most severe and chronic juvenile offenders (aged 15-21) in an effort to reduce recidivism and deter youth from entering the adult justice system.  This is accomplished by offering a unique combination of targeted group interventions and individual counseling and mentoring.  Our services begin while youth are incarcerated and continue once they are released on probation; this relationship often spans an average of 18 months or longer.  Evidence based curricula and best practices are guided by an overriding principal of a client centered approach focused on strengths and needs of youth.

Rehabilitation Counselor - Position Description

  • Provide Individual Counseling, family counseling and case management services for case load of 10-15 youth while in custody and continue working with youth in the community until they are terminated from probation
  • Serve as a liaison between youth, Probation Officers, Correctional Officers, School staff, and families of youth
  • Facilitate psycho-educational groups to youth that are incarcerated in San Diego County Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities, Probation Department’s Community Offices, and Agency’s headquarters office.
  • Develops a Client Case Plan and identifies areas of need for client which will be addressed in individual and group sessions.

Qualifications

1.  Experience and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated minimum of 1 year of experience  working with at risk youth
  • Experience in providing group facilitation in a manner that is responsive and sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences and related needs of staff and clients
  • Knowledge of basic counseling practices with preference given to experience in Motivational Interviewing (MI) practices
  • Experience in conducting risk needs assessments not required but preferred
  • Experience in conducting individual and family counseling not required but preferred
  • Experience in individual, group and marriage and family counseling preferred but not required (MFT trainee, MSW practicum student, MFT Intern or LCSW Intern not required but preferred)
  • Case Management experience

2.   Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work with a degree of autonomy and exercise responsible judgment.
  • Ability to create, develop and plan required group workshop sessions.
  • Effective verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate and to work effectively with a diverse group of people.

3.  Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to think in and act from a scientific paradigm and maintain program fidelity.
  • Ability to solve practical problems in rational and logical manner. 
  • Ability to deal with a variety of complexities in situations
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

4.  Computer Skills

  •  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Trainable in Agency’s software program.

5.  Language Skills

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. 

6.  Education

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or closely related field, preferably from an accredited college or university.
  • Master degree in marriage and family counseling, social work, or counseling psychology preferred. 

8. Licenses, Certifications

  • License to practice psychotherapy in the State of California preferred.
  • Certification to work as Drug and Alcohol Specialist preferred

 

BACKGROUND CHECK, DMV, AND VEHICLE

  • Required to have a valid driver’s license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of insurance of  $100,000 individual, $300,000 public liability and $50,000 for property damage
  • Liability or malpractice insurance coverage in effect – (agency pays insurance cost).
  • Meets background and security clearance guidelines for facility access and passes background check:
    1. Criminal background clearance through the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    2. Driving record through the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    3. Drug Testing
    4. Annual Tuberculosis Testing

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Job is performed in Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities, Probation Department’s Community Offices, and Agency’s headquarters office.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Rehabilitation Counselor will spend time sitting while: conducting assessments, counseling sessions and individual and group supervision meetings; and, when operating a computer keyboard using a computer. 
  • Rehabilitation Counselor will spend time standing when facilitating psycho-educational group workshops.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor will be required to use personal vehicle to travel locally between Facilities, Community Office and Agency’s Headquarters and outside geographic area (50+ mile radius) for business reasons subject to mileage reimbursement per company policy.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Rehabilitation Counselor" in the subject line.