Career Opportunities at Second Chance

Second Chance Logo


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  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.

Rehabilitation Counselor - YORP - 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.  Approximately 10% of the juvenile offender population has either failed out of the county’s other programs or has committed a level of crime that necessitates an extended period of incarceration. 

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Rehabilitation Counselor has authority over and responsibility for providing individual counseling, family counseling, and facilitating psycho-educational group workshops as established under the contract with the San Diego County Probation Department.  The Counselor has authority over their individual duties and responsibilities in providing counseling and psycho-educational services as established under the contract with the San Diego County Probation Department.  The Counselor has authority to exercise independent decisions related to their immediate interactions with clients in the counseling and in the  group workshops they provide in accordance with the program’s guiding principles and established practices, the Facilities rules and regulations and the Agency’s policies and procedures.

1.  Counseling Duties and Responsibilities
•    Provides Individual and Family Counseling Services at a para-professional, trainee or intern level.
•    Conducts assessments of clients’ needs and risks using the standardized assessment inventories and interview protocols provided and prescribed by the program. 
•    Counsels clients using established Motivational Interviewing practices in which they are trained.
•    Observes and identifies clients’ behaviors that indicate the client is experiencing distress of a nature that requires intermediate or immediate intervention. 
•    Intervenes directly when the client’s distressed behavior is such the Counselor is capable of responding within their level of competence and prescribed role.
•    Refers clients whose level of distress and identified behavior indicates the client is suffering serious to severe states of depression or anxiety, is in danger of harming themselves, or is in danger of harming another.
•    Connects the client directly to their Project Manager, the Facilities’ Probation custody staff or to the Facilities’ mental health professionals including the therapists, psychologists, or psychiatrists for intervention to alleviate such serious and severe states and prevent harm to self or another or others.
•    Activates and follows the Crisis Action Plan and Emergency Intervention Plan for the specific client following the crisis intervention protocols of the program, Agency and the Facilities.
•    Consults Project Manager and confirms appropriateness of and takes action to refer clients to Facility’s Psychiatric Care staff for medication evaluation and prescription.
•    Provides follow-up actions which may include counseling sessions for clients who have been referred for crisis intervention services and medication evaluations.

2.  Group Facilitation Duties and Responsibilities
•    Facilitates psycho-educational group workshops and classes as assigned by the Project Manager in accordance with the individual Counselor’s training in specific subjects of the curriculum.
•    Practices curriculum fidelity, that is facilitates the workshop by being faithful, adhering to the structured curriculum for each group workshop.
•    Provides sign-in and sign out attendance logs with date and times and monitors  participants’ entry and exit to assure each completes their own sign-in and sign-out by signature and time for each psycho-educational group workshop.
•    Establishes ground rules for the group workshops and uses a combination of positive reinforcement and sanctions to gain compliance with the rules for establishing a learning environment that enhances the participants’ opportunity for effective skills development.
•    Observes the group process for members’ interactions and alliances that create alliances for pro-social norms and reinforces these individuals. 
•    Observes the group process for members’ interactions and alliances that create anti-social group norms. Intervenes in these anti-social interactions and blocks them and redirects the members to neutral or pro-social behaviors aligned with creating pro-social norms.  
•    Facilitates the group workshops using a combination of strategies that will engage the participants in cognitive learning, behavioral rehearsal of skills, and emotional involvement. 
•    Facilitates learning using role plays and follows role plays with discussion eliciting critical thinking regarding the individual group members learning from the role play and discussion. 
•    Provides pre and post tests for participants to assess their learning of specific key learning objectives as related to their unique life circumstances and themselves.
•    Enters results of pre and post-tests in the spreadsheet report.

3.  Case Management Duties and Responsibilities
•    Develops a client’s case management plan in interaction with the client, consultation from the Project Manager and input from the multi-disciplinary team members.
•    Uses the case management protocol to be systematic in the development of the case management plan.
•    Writes the case management plan in interaction with the client and submits the plan to the Project Manager for reviews, modification as needed, and approval.
•    Endorses the case management plan with their own signature, obtains the client’s signature and the signature of the Project Manager.
•    Uses the case management plan as a reference tool for ongoing individual counseling sessions.

4.  Administrative and Clinical Supervision Duties and Responsibilities
•    Attends and participates in administrative group supervision meetings weekly and individually as needed.
•    Attends and participates in individual and group clinical supervision meetings weekly and as needed.
•    Presents client’s issues with which Counselor is working, unsure how to respond, and needs help with using clinical supervision to get feedback, rehearse and plan for actions to address these issues. 
•    Uses the presentation protocol of the program for presenting such counseling and facilitating issues.
•    Elicits feedback regarding counseling and facilitating work for improvement and greater effectiveness in conducting the work.
•    Gives feedback to fellow Counselors, at their initiating feedback, in supervision meetings according to the program’s protocols.
•    Directly observed by supervisor and fellow Counselors while conducting counseling sessions and while facilitating group workshops, for the purpose of reinforcing Counselor’s strengths and improving.
•    Leads multi-disciplinary team meetings in a process that : identifies client’s risks and needs based on ongoing observations of client’s tangible observable behaviors and patterns of interactions; and, facilitates planning for and implementation of specific interventions by team members to elicit the client’s motivation and action for change to positive behaviors and attitudes.

5.  Training Duties and Responsibilities
•    Participates in initial and ongoing Motivational Interviewing counseling skills training, facilitator skills training, and training in the PCMS data system. 
•    Identifies own training needs and communicates needs to Program Manager assisting in development of ongoing training plan.

6.  Administrative Duties and Responsibilities
•    Enters client data into PCMS data system in a timely and accurate manner.
•    Maintains accurate and timely client records as required by HIPPA and Agency policies and practices.
•    Obtains required client signatures documenting contacts as prescribed by contract.
•    Writes correspondence letters and documents related to Clients’ needs and requests and presents such correspondence to Program Manager for review and approval prior to sending it.
•    Provides data for contract compliance reports.
•    Provides data for Agency’s semi-annual, annual and other periodic reports.
•    Assures case records are held in a secure file cabinet
•    Completes time sheets and time off requests as prescribed by Agency policy.                                                                                                                                                
7. Laws, Regulations, Ethics Codes, Policies and Procedures
•    Follow all Agency policies, processes, and procedures in performance of duties.
•    Practice counseling and facilitation work according to federal and state laws, governing licensing or certification board’s regulations, and profession’s code of ethics.
•    Performs duties and responsibilities in a safe manner and per the Agency’s health and safety policy.

•    Demonstrated minimum of 1 year of specialized experience in providing counseling, social or education services for high risk youth or young adults preferred.
•    Experience in use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) practices as verified by certificate of completion of basic three day MI training and ideally certificate of completion of advanced training in MI practices preferred.
•    Experience in individual, group and marriage and family counseling as demonstrated by being a MFT trainee, MSW practicum student, MFT Intern or LCSW Intern preferred.
•    Knowledge of basic counseling and group facilitation skills preferred.
•    Knowledge of and basic counseling theory preferred
•    Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing practices preferred.
•    Skills in conducting risk needs assessments preferred.
•    Knowledge and Skills to provide counseling and group facilitating in a manner that is responsive and sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences and related needs of staff and clients preferred. 
•    Ability to work with a degree of autonomy and exercise responsible judgment.
•    Ability to create, develop and plan required group workshop sessions.
•    Ability to implement agency’s vision through carrying out the mission in alignment with the Agency’s values and strategic plan.
•    Ability to communicate and to work effectively with a diverse group of people.
•    Ability to work in collaboration with other service providers.
•    Ability to think in and act from a scientific paradigm.
•    Ability to solve practical problems in rational and logical manner.  
•    Ability to understand and interpret instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 
•    Ability to communicate instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
•    Trainable in Agency’s ETO software program. 
•    Must be able to speak, read, and write in English.
•    Bi-lingual in English and Spanish languages preferred.

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

•    A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or closely related field,  from an accredited college or university.  Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, Social Work, or Counseling Psychology preferred.

•    Required to have a valid driver’s license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of insurance as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code. 
•    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

•    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
•    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
•    Job is performed in county juvenile detention facilities, Probation Department’s community offices, and Agency’s headquarters office. 

TO APPLY: Submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to with "Rehabilitation Counselor" in the subject line.


Program Overview:
The Reentry Court Program is a comprehensive, collaborative court program that provides substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorder treatment, intensive case management, group and individual therapy, and drug testing services.  Referrals to program come from the court system.  The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming productive members of our community.

The Case Manager is responsible for providing wrap around case management support to clients including: in-custody assessments, transportation of participants, case planning, goal setting, reentry planning, progress monitoring, and group facilitation. The Case Manager must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including treatment staff, law enforcement, and court representatives. The following are examples of duties:

·     Completes in-custody assessments of new referrals (clearance into San Diego County jails required) with our treatment partners, UCSD Department of Outpatient Psychiatry

·     Attends weekly morning court team meetings, followed by court sessions, to share progress updates and/or current treatment barriers of caseload

·     Transports new referrals from custody to treatment, and to scheduled community appointments

·      Facilitates evening group sessions and maintains a caseload of participants, meeting with individuals according to participant’s phase in the program

·     Develops a case management plan with participants, according to DMC standards and timeframes

·     Maintains progress notes in a timely and detailed fashion, according to DMC standards and timeframes

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

·     Connects participants to resources within the community that support their individual treatment process

·     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 or drug and alcohol treatment-related experience. Must have a current AOD certification or be able to obtain one within 6 months of hire date.
Preferred- Experience working with adult criminal justice system.  Bilingual in English and Spanish


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: Based on experience and qualifications. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Reentry Court Case Manager” in the subject line to

Due Date: No later than September 22, 2017

reading specialist - part TIME


SUMMARY:   The Reading Specialist will administer the reading portion of the Test for Adult Basic Education to all youth to determine which youth are below grade level and in need of remedial literacy and reading support.  The specialist will meet with youth individually to provide literacy and reading support tailored to the needs of each youth.  The Reading Specialist will be a collaborative member of the Multidisciplinary Integrated Team including the Program Manager and Probation staff.


·         Administer the reading portion of the Test for Adult Basic Education within 21 days of admittance into the facility

·         For those youth measuring at below a ninth grade reading level, provide literacy and reading services

·         Conduct post-assessment and compare to measure progress achieved through literacy and reading instruction services provided

·         Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings with Probation and other agency partners.

·         Provides direct reading intervention with identified youth. 

·         Meets with identified youth one-on-one for 15 to 30 minutes each, per week. 

·         Tailor activities and methods of service delivery to each youth.  Activities will enable youth to meet the following objectives depending on their reading level:

o   Learn simple sentence and story-reading

o   Build basic comprehension

o   Learn and apply effective strategies to understand a variety of basic reading selections such as newspaper and/or magazine articles, essays, and short stories.

o   Demonstrate and describe comprehension of various reading materials both orally and in writing.

o   Use and apply vocabulary learning strategies to enrich vocabularies and grammar for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

o   Identify and describe main ideas within paragraphs and short readings.

o   Formulate short responses to assigned readings using clear and complete sentences.

o   Write basic summaries to assigned readings.

o   Demonstrate and describe comprehension of various reading materials, including news articles, periodicals, poems, and short stories

o   Identify and describe main ideas within paragraphs and readings both orally and in writing

o   Apply reading and writing skills to prepare for transition to college or workforce preparation.

·         Select and adapt reading instruction materials

·         Assesses youth progress and monitors achievement in reading

·         Works with youth to meet instructional, psychological and social needs of each youth

·         Use appropriate teaching strategies to enhance positive behaviors

·         Create and monitor a Library system for the youth


·         Experience working with or teaching students with school and social adjustment problems.

·         General knowledge of the Juvenile Court System

·         Methods and techniques for educating students who have documented school and social adjustment problems, behavior management and counseling strategies

·         Ability to develop education programs for short-term students

·         Ability to cooperate with Probation officials and caseworkers

·         Ability to employ observation and evaluation techniques


·  A valid California Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential or California Reading Certificate.  Must possess English Learner authorization (CLAD or equivalent document) 


  • Required to have a valid driver’s license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of insurance as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code.
  • Liability or malpractice insurance coverage in effect
  • 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


  • Job is performed in Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities, Probation Department’s Community Offices, and Agency’s headquarters office.  
  • Monday: 2pm-8pm
    Wednesday: 2pm-8pm
    Friday: occasional hours for staff meetings 

    Mileage is reimbursed 


  • Incumbent will spend time sitting while: conducting plans and meeting with youth and team members; and, when operating a computer keyboard using a computer.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to with "Reading Specialist" in the subject line.