Career Opportunities at Second Chance

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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 to clearly indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line.

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.


hOUSE LEADER - SOBER LIVING - PART TIME

Program Overview: 

Second Chance owns and operates nine alcohol and drug-free homes in the City of San Diego, providing an affordable, safe living environment for over 150 adults and offering programming opportunities for persons in recovery and/or reentry from incarceration. We serve 600 clients per year in our housing program, including those referred by San Diego County Probation and the Reentry Court. The goal of the housing program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming productive, self-sufficient members of our community.

Responsibilities:

The House Leader is the live-in, part-time staff member responsible for complying with all Second Chance policies and procedures as outlined in the Staff Handbook and by our housing program. In addition, the House Leader is expected to:

  • Establish a positive relationship with residents, with mutual trust and respect

  • Foster a nurturing and supportive environment

  • Provide general supervision and oversight Of residents and, with compassion, hold residents accountable to policies and procedures

  • Administer BAC and urinalysis testing upon direction

  • Assign weekly chores to residents and monitor daily completion of chores

  • Ensure all residents receive proper orientation and residents’ daily needs are met

  • Coordinate transportation for residents with the Case Manager, as needed

  • Recognize behaviors of individuals under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and reporting this immediately and directly to Housing Staff

  • Facilitate bi-monthly house meetings

  • Set and maintain clear personal boundaries with and between all residents

  • Maintain high and strict standards of morals, ethics, and professionalism

  • Communicate gently, professionally, and effectively

  • Act as a leader and role model to residents

  • Note and report on house condition, maintenance issues, appearance.

  • Complete Incident Reports and communicate urgent situations to supervisor

  • Do the common area laundry at no cost to them and/or organize a laundry schedule with other residents, with quarters provided by Second Chance. House laundry includes shared linens provided by Second Chance for the open areas of the house

  • Organize the community volunteer time for the house

  • Do nightly house count of residents and report house count to Second Chance Housing staff daily

  • Report all non-violent/non-risk incidents that violate house rules to Second Chance Housing staff within 24 hours

  • Perform additional duties as required by the nature of the position or as requested by Housing Staff

  • Notify Second Chance Housing staff immediately of any health or safety-related issues in the house

Education: High School Diploma or GED preferred. Written and verbal communication in English is required; bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus

Qualifications: 

•Experience in Property Management preferred

•Customer service

Requirements:

·         Abide by the same sober living housing rules as the residents

·         Understand and support the Second Chance mission of leading people to self-sufficiency

·         Be at least 21 years of age

·         Submit to a fingerprint live scan check

Must have valid driver’s license and pass agency’s DMV check as well as provide proof of automobile insurance at agency-mandated liability levels.

Clearance on the following tests which will be paid for by San Diego Second Chance:

  • Tuberculosis test

  • Background Fingerprint check

  • Drug Test

Compensation: Wages and hours are contingent upon size and maximum occupancy of the house. This is a part time, rent-free on-site position. House Leader will live in a private furnished room (valued at $625 a month), including free utilities.


Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with “House Leader” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Program assistant - reentry court - FULL TIME

Program Overview: 

The Reentry Court Program is designed to provide comprehensive treatment and case management services to non-violent offenders that have entered into the criminal justice system due to their substance dependence and/or co-occurring disorder.      

Responsibilities:

The Program Assistant reports to the Program Manager, and is responsible for performing on-site specimen collections for judicial programs. This role requires direct observation of those being tested. The Program Assistant must possess outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills, have excellent organizational and time-management capabilities, be detail oriented and proactive, and welcome feedback as means to personal and professional growth. This role is also responsible for a wide range of activities for the program to include but not limited to:

  • Conducting the drug testing program in alignment with policies and procedures

  • Transporting participants to and from appointments

  • Tracking participant data and other administrative tasks

  • Creating and maintaining administrative forms for the department

  • Other duties as assigned

Education:

  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social or human services or related field preferred. Training/experience in substance use disorder a plus.

Qualifications: 

  • One or more years of specialized experience collecting drug test specimens or similar experience, preferred.

  • Experience working with justice-involved adults.

  • Experience working with a team.

  • Confidential data entry and record-keeping skills and experience.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, preferred.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to work one weekend half-day per month.

  • Must have a personal vehicle that you are willing to use for work, valid driver’s license and pass agency’s DMV check as well as provide proof of automobile insurance at agency-mandated liability levels.

  • Clearance on the following tests which will be paid for by San Diego Second Chance:

    • Background Fingerprint check

    • Drug Test

Compensation: This is a non-exempt (hourly) position at $16/hour. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.  Approximately 32-40 hours/week. We will consider split shifts.

Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Program Assistant” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


Outreach specialist/workshop facilitator - youth programs - FULL TIME

Program Overview: 

Second Chance youth programs are focused on helping local youth overcome neglect, abuse, criminal backgrounds, addiction and other generational barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. The STRIVE Future Leaders Reentry Program and WIOA Youth Program focus on building the skills necessary for young adults to obtain employment and work to become self-sufficient.  These programs serve young adults ages 16-24 that have been involved with the justice system.     

Responsibilities:

The Youth Programs Outreach Specialist/Workshop Facilitator reports to the STRIVE & WIOA Program Manager, and is primarily responsible for conducting both participant outreach and facilitation of the ACE Workshop portion of the Youth Programs. The Youth Programs Outreach Specialist & Workshop Facilitator must be comfortable with conducting community outreach and have experience with group facilitation. This role is also responsible for a wide range of duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting outreach and engagement for both in-custody and community youth and young adults at various locations throughout the county in an effort to recruit eligible program participants

  • Conducting outreach presentations in custody, at community forums/ events, for probation, at collaborative partner organizations and facilities, and street outreach.

  • Providing engaged enrollment- making follow up calls, ensuring participants complete intake process, and scheduling program assessments responsible for STRIVE ACE Workshop facilitation and curriculum delivery for youth ages 16-24, with an emphasis on youth development, which includes: future outlook training, professional skill development, work readiness and youth development based groups as needed.

  • Maintaining an interactive training environment that maximizes participation and active learning.

  • Maintaining the structure of the classroom in the ACE Workshops and enforcing classroom expectations and accountability.

  • Providing transportation to participants as needed to various appointments and meetings in the community and chaperone participants at program related events or field trips.

Education:

Bachelor's degree in social or human services or related field or coursework required. 

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of one year specialized experience in group facilitation and outreach or related experience, required.

  • Experience working with justice involved young adults, youth or at-risk youth preferred. 

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

Requirements:

  • Must have a personal vehicle that you are willing to use for work, a valid driver’s license and pass agency’s DMV check as well as provide proof of automobile insurance at agency-mandated liability levels.

  • Must be available to work some weekend and evening hours as needed based on outreach presentations and community events.

Clearance on the following tests which will be paid for by San Diego Second Chance:

  • Background Fingerprint check

  • Drug Test

Compensation: Range of $18 - $20/hourly.  Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Youth Programs Outreach Specialist” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


rehabilitation counselor - youth - FULL TIME

Program Overview: 

The Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program (YORP) uses evidence-based curricula and cognitive behavioral training and interventions to aid incarcerated youth.  The program is designed to meet the needs of the county’s most severe and chronic juvenile offenders.  Rehabilitation Counselors work with the young men and women of the Youthful Offender Units (YOU) at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility and Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility delivering powerful, evidence-based, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. Topics such as Substance Abuse, Healthy Relationships, Moral Reasoning, Anger Management and Victim Awareness are covered during their stay.  In addition to the group programming, each youth is assigned a counselor who oversees their individual case plan and provides individual counseling. Counselors continue to meet with youth as they transition back into their community. Youth continue to receive counseling and supportive services until terminated from juvenile probation.

Responsibilities:

The Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for maintaining a caseload of approximately 15 youth providing individual and family counseling. The Rehabilitation Counselor must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including treatment staff, law enforcement, and probation. The following are examples of duties:

  • Completes in-custody assessments of youth committed to the YOU

  • Provides individual and small group counseling to youth on their assigned caseload on a weekly basis

  • Attends weekly case consultations and pre-release meetings to share progress updates and/or current treatment barriers of caseload

  • Transports youth to and from appointment, activities, and meetings as needed and is in line with youth’s case plan

  • Facilitates evening group sessions

  • Develops a case management plan with youth

  • Maintains progress notes in a timely and detailed fashion

  • Participates in case conferencing, regular communication, and treatment planning with treatment partners regularly

  • Participates in Second Chance staff meetings, trainings and other duties assigned

Education:

Bachelor's degree in social or human services or related field required.  Master’s degree preferred.

Qualifications: 

Required- Two or more years of case management/counseling or drug and alcohol treatment-related experience.

Preferred- Experience working with justice involved youth or at-risk youth.  Bilingual in English and Spanish

Requirements:

Must have valid driver’s license and pass agency’s DMV check as well as provide proof of automobile insurance at agency-mandated liability levels.

Clearance on the following tests which will be paid for by San Diego Second Chance:

  • Tuberculosis test

  • Background Fingerprint check

  • Drug Test

Compensation: Range of $20-21 an hour. Based on experience and qualifications. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.


Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Rehabilitation Counselor” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Second Chance Program, an equal opportunity employer, values the diversity of our workforce and the knowledge of our people.  Second Chance Program will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.