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.


Grant Writer - FULL TIME

Position Overview: 

The Grant Writer reports to the Chief Development Officer, and works closely with Chief Operations Officer and senior programs staff to create yearly calendar for grant submissions; writes or assists with city, county, state and federal government RFPs and grants; researches and writes foundation and corporate LOIs and grants; writes foundation and corporate grant reports; assists Finance Office with government contract reports as needed; maintains professional communications with grantors.

Responsibilities:

•       Strategize and prepare yearly grant submission calendar in keeping with organizational goals and fundraising needs

•       Track submissions and reporting deadlines to ensure timely submissions and reporting of grant activities

•       Write or assist with city, county, state and federal contract RFPs and grants

•       Write LOIs, foundation and corporate grant requests

•       Collaborate with Finance Office and Program Managers to prepare grant budgets and reports

•       Perform prospect research on foundation, corporate and government grantors

•       Work with the CDO and COO to develop fundraising strategy for programs

•       Assist with researching trends in successful program funding

•       Maintain grant files

•       Contribute to Development Department collateral

•       Maintain and track communications with grantors; arrange onsite tours

•       Research and vet RFPs and potential funding opportunities

•       Assist with other fundraising projects as needed

Qualifications: 

• (3) Three years grant writing experience

• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing; good interpersonal skills

• Ability to collaborate with others and coordinate efforts

• Strong editing skills

• Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy

• Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

• Experience with donor management software

• Comfortable learning new technology

• Comfortable working with diverse staff and clients

• Strong project management and problem-solving skills

• Creative thinker

• Self-starter

• Adhere to highest ethical standards as relates to fundraising and AFP guidelines

Education:

Bachelor’s degree and (3) three years’ grant writing experience; expert in written English.

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


Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references with “Grant Writer” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Business Services Representative - 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 Business Services Representative (BSR)/Youth Programs is responsible for job placement assistance of participants between the ages of 16 and 24 who are enrolled in Second Chance Youth Programs. This includes monitoring individual job search activities, making referrals for employment and internship opportunities, developing and maintaining employer relations, and collecting and tracking workforce data. The Business Services Representative is also responsible for providing a five (5) week employment preparation course for those individuals in custody in the Youthful Offender Units (YOU) at both East Mesa and Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facilities. This includes pre-employment training and providing ongoing job development and support to YOU youth as they transition into the community.  In addition, the Business Service Representative will facilitate a 4-week work readiness course for youth enrolled in the STRIVE Future Leaders Reentry Program.  This course consists of emotional literacy, community engagement and employment preparation such as resume building, cover letter writing and employment references.

Responsibilities:

The Business Services Representative must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team that includes program staff, law enforcement and probation. The following are examples of primary duties:

  • Responsible for meeting workforce placement objectives for all eligible youth participants

  • Recruit, maintain and develop relationships with potential employers in the community

  • Assist participants with the development of their resumes, cover letters and applications

  • Deliver curriculum on job interviewing and employment search techniques and adapt as needed

  • Organize and conduct mock interviews for participants

  • Develop and monitor participant job search activities

  • Conduct job placement follow-up calls

  • Data collection; tracking and reporting of information related to participants’ employment activities

  • Facilitate course for 10-15 hours per week

Education:

Bachelor's degree in social or human services or related field.  3+ years of verifiable successful experience doing similar work with youth or young adults and employers may replace education requirement.  

Qualifications: 

• At least one year of successful experience providing job development and placement or counseling   services for high risk youth or young adults

• At least 1 year of group facilitation experience with youth

• Contacts with a variety of local employers

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 $18 - $20 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 “Youth BSR” 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: 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 


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

·         Have been sober at least one year and not committed a felony in the last 3 years

·         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

Disqualifications:

  • A criminal history of violence

  • A conviction for a sex offense

  • Any history of perpetrating physical or sexual abuse

  • One or more outstanding warrants

  • A misdemeanor conviction within the last 3 years

  • More than 3 Failure to Appear citations within the last 2 years

  • Not be actively on Probation or Parole

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 


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.