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.


Case manager - reentry works - full time

Program Overview:
The Reentry Works Program is an extension of the America's Job Centers network, 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 wraparound 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.

Background check, Drug Testing, DMV, and Vehicle:
-Must meet background and security clearance guidelines
-Must pass drug test
-Valid California driver's license
-Properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of insurance as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code


Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references with "Las Colinas Case Manager" in the subject line.


JOB DEVELOPER - REENTRY WORKS - FULL TIME


Program Overview:
The Reentry Works program is an extension of the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) network that is based inside East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF). 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 Job Developer is responsible for identifying high-demand industries and initiating relationships with employers who are willing to hire justice-involved individuals, while serving as a crucial resource for professional development to all Second Chance 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 duties.


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. Experience working with re-entry 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.


Business Services Coordinator - Full Time

Overview:  The Business Services Coordinator is responsible for leading employer outreach efforts and job development for all Second Chance programs. This position is responsible for supervision of Business Service Representatives, generating employment leads, employer outreach, employment related goal setting, developing an employer engagement strategy and other duties as assigned.  

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Director of Adult Workforce Programs

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.    Programmatic Duties
•    Ensure job development contractual obligations are being met for all Second Chance Programs.
•    Facilitate job readiness and career exploration assessments as needed.
•    Lead the Business Services Team, including development of goals, outcomes, and management of day to day activities.
•    Develop and implement employer outreach and job development strategies
•    Develop and maintain relationships with employers, internship site and job shadow partners.
•    Identify opportunities for advanced training or certifications in in-demand industries.
•    Contribute to the development of participants’ case plans in the areas related to employment and job readiness.
•    Assist to develop educational resources including secondary and post-secondary education and training opportunities.
•    Assist in the program design and implementation of services in order to meet overall program goals and outcomes.
•    Meet with participants in the community as needed for employment search and job readiness skills support.
•    Work collaboratively with program partners. 
•    Attend community meetings as relevant.
•    Facilitate job readiness workshops and provide job readiness services to program participants as needed.
•    Coordinate employer engagement activities
•    Inform program staff of skills gaps and employer needs

2.    Supervisory Duties
•    Supervision of Business Services staff
•    Assist in the selection, recruitment, and hiring of Business Services staff.
•    Identify, recommend and arrange for the professional development of Business Services staff.
•    Approve BSR expenses and timesheets

3.    Laws, Regulations, Policies, Procedures and Other Duties
•    Contribute to a positive team environment.
•    Conduct the work with a high level of professional integrity and courtesy.
•    Maintain regular communication with team members and agency co-workers.
•    Properly record all hours worked and submit time and attendance documents as prescribed by Agency policy.
•    Follow all Agency policies, processes, and procedures.
•    Maintain safety and security and professionalism while in the community and the institutions.
•    Perform duties and responsibilities in a safe manner and per the Agency’s health and safety policy.
•    Some driving is required as part of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience
•    Preferred experience working with at-risk and high-risk youth and adult populations
•    Knowledge and/or experience with the juvenile justice system and juvenile and adult jusice-involved populations.
•    Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in workforce development.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The minimum requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
•    Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and exercise personal and professional judgment
•    Skill in formulating policies and procedures
•    Supervisory skills
•    Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with matters of significance and consequence that affect the clients and the Agency
•    Ability to make decisions based on comparing and evaluating various possible outcomes
•    Superior organizational skills
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Ability to implement agency mission, values and strategic plan
•    Proven ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse group of people as well as coalitions of service providers
•    Ability to work within secure jail/prison facilities with incarcerated persons
•    Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships internally and externally
•    Knowledge of Excel and Word and other software.

Education
•    Bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field preferred and minimum two years’ experience performing similar duties and responsibilities.


Language Skills
•    Must be able to speak, read and write English
•    Bilingual in English and Spanish 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 as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code. 
•    Liability insurance coverage in effect – (agency pays insurance cost).
•    Meets background and security clearance guidelines for secure facility access:
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:
•    The work environments 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 Agency’s headquarters, Probation Department’s juvenile detention facilities, and in County detention and reentry facilities. 
•    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.

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. 
•    Incumbent will spend time sitting while: conducting assessments, counseling sessions and individual and group supervision meetings; and, when operating a computer keyboard using a computer.  
•    Incumbent will spend time standing when facilitating psycho-educational group workshops.
•    Required to see, hear, touch, speak, walk, sit, stand, bend, kneel, lift and carry materials up to 20 lbs.  


To Apply: submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references with "Business Services Coordinator" as the subject. 


administrative assistant - reentry court - Full Time

Program Overview:
The Reentry Court Program is a comprehensive program that provides substance abuse treatment, intensive case management, group and individual therapy, job training, and housing for individuals who have a substance abuse issue in conjunction with criminal charges. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming productive members of our community.

Responsibilities:

The Case Manager is responsible for conducting outreach presentations to probation, community organizations and youth in juvenile detention facilities; facilitating weekly youth development ,assisting with job readiness groups, screening eligible participants, creating individualized case plans for each youth, documenting and monitoring client progress, advocating for youth interests, and connecting youth to community resources, including legal aid services for record sealing.

Responsibilities:
The Administrative Assistant supports the day to day activities of the Reentry Court Program staff. The position collects and records participant information and maintains client files among other duties listed below. This position requires incumbent to make independent and discretionary decisions and to work independently and with minimal supervision and guidance. 

•    Collects and records required program information, such as employment verification, documentation of program milestones, and data entry.
•    Collection of client information and data entry into electronic database in a timely manner (72 hours).
•    Maintain accurate case notes/files, record and track data relative to an individual's assessments.
•    Assist in conducting scheduled participant follow up contacts.
•    Assist Second Chance Reentry Court Program staff with programming activities
•    Maintain client case files.
•    Create monthly participant incentive and supportive service reconciliation reports.
•    Support group meetings and participate in interactive instructional learning sessions.
•    Operate office equipment and completes general office work.
•    Required proficiency in basic word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
•    Properly record all hours worked and submits time and attendance documents as prescribed by Agency policy.
•    Perform duties and responsibilities in a safe manner and per the Agency's health and safety policy while adhering to all Agency policies, processes, and procedures.
•    May be required to perform other duties as directed including participating in special Agency events

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities.
•    At least one (1) years' experience providing similar services.
•    Previous experience working with at-risk and high-risk juvenile population preferred.
•    Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with other staff to ensure the best possible service to clients.
•    Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, FileMaker Pro and Internet research. 
•    Meticulous attention to detail.
•    Good decision-making skills.
•    Ability to work with minimum supervision and to participate as a team member.
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and aggressive deadlines.
•    Ability to communicate clearly with a diverse clientele and staff/co-workers while remaining sensitive to cultural differences or behavior in a multicultural community and various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful, professional and effective manner.

Education:
•    High School Degree or equivalency; minimum of two years of relevant experience. 

To Apply: submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references with "Administrative Assistant" as the subject. 


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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         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

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         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

4.       Licenses/Certifications:

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

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 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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 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 and the hourly pay is $25.00/hour 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • 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 jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reading Specialist" in the subject line.