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 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.


grant writer - full time

Position Summary: 

The Grant Writer reports to the Vice President, Advancement & External Affairs, and works closely with Chief of Programs 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
•    Research private and government RFP and grant opportunities
•    Manage RFP projects as needed
•    Work with the VP Advancement and Chief of Programs to develop fundraising strategy for programs
•    Assist with researching trends in successful program funding
•    Maintain grant files
•    Perform special projects and other related duties as required
•    Maintain communications with grantors

Core Competencies and Required Skills:

•    Three years grant writing experience
•    Ability to communicate verbally and in writing; good interpersonal skills
•    Ability to collaborate with others and coordinate efforts
•    Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
•    Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
•    Experience with donor management software (Raiser’s Edge a plus)
•    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 or three years’ grant writing experience; expert in written English.

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 “Grant Writer” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Job developer/business services representative - reentry works - full time

Program Overview: 

The Reentry Works program is an extension of the America's Job Centers network that is based inside a local 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 for helping to 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 (3) or more years of job development or related experience. Strong facilitation skills, understanding of trauma informed, gender-specific needs of incarcerated women preferred. Experience working with reentry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

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 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 “Job Developer Reentry Works” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Program Manager - 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.  The Program Manager is responsible for the day to day operations and supervisory aspects of the Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program. This includes coordination and oversight of the case management, counseling, vocational, and psycho-educational services. Program Manager has responsibility for the day to day program operations at the County of San Diego Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities: Kearny Mesa and East Mesa and program operations in the community unit. This position requires incumbent to make independent and discretionary decisions and to work independently and with minimal supervision and guidance. The Program Manager serves as the designated point person responsible for overseeing the programming for the Rehabilitation Program’s counseling, psycho-educational, vocational, educational, and employment services staff and subcontractors. The Program Manager develops and plans future activities in coordination and with approval of the Director of Youth Programs.

Responsibilities:

The Program Manager must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including treatment staff, law enforcement, and probation. The following are examples of duties:

  • Maintaining status of relationships with collaborative partners; ongoing needs for effective delivery of services; and, overall operation of the programs.
  • Assists to establishing, tracking, and reporting measurable goals for the programs
  • Provides weekly supervision meetings with all program staff.
  • Ensures all staff are properly trained and supervised.
  • Supports and guides staff on a multi-systemic approach to case management focused on successful transition from custody to community.
  • Provides administrative supervision of program staff in individual and group meetings as needed. Providing written follow-up and/or documentation of these meetings as needed or requested.
  • Guides rehabilitation counselors in crisis intervention services.
  • Ensures all staff maintains accurate and timely client records as required by County of San Diego, and agency policies and practices.
  • Ensures contractual obligations for client contacts, overseeing the offering of community based workshops, developing curriculum, and supporting youth as well as staff to meet transitional outcomes for successful re-entry into the community.
  • Ensures that the ongoing and daily activities of the program are being implemented in collaboration and cooperation with Probation Department Staff. 
  • Practices counseling and facilitates work according to federal and state laws, governing licensing or certification board’s regulations, and profession’s code of ethics. 

Education: Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or other related field Required.  California State-Licensed as a Mental Health Professional strongly preferred.  

Qualifications: 

•    Demonstrated minimum of three (3) years of specialized experience in providing counseling, social or education services for high risk youth or young adults preferred;
•    At Least one (1) year experience on a cross-disciplinary team;
•    At Least one (1) year of administrative experience that included the supervision of paid clinical personnel;
•    At Least one (1) year professional experience with re-entry of justice involved adults and /or youth;
•    Must have knowledge of and experience with juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems, programs, and issues

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 “Program Manager YORP” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Program Manager - STRIVE Fresh Start - full time

Program Overview:
Strive Fresh Start (SFS) is a two year grant funded position aimed at supporting formerly incarcerated individuals to achieve their employment and education goals. SFS is part of our four-week intensive Job Readiness Training program. SFS serves formerly incarcerated individuals or those still on supervisors. SFS works in collaboration with other Second Chance programs and community partners. Services include; needs assessment, case management, conflict resolution, behavior modification and job placement. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming self-sufficiency and valuable contributors to families, employers and community.

Responsibilities:
Provide leadership and supervision to the JRT/SFS staff and program participants.   Oversee budget and ensure program requirements are met. Must also provide coverage if staff are unavailable.  The following are examples of duties:

·     Meet weekly with staff to identify goals and provide support

·     Work with team to create ideas and follow-up plans to ensure contract success

·     Manage participants that need additional support/motivation to meet program requirements.

·     Manage career pathway programs to include our pre apprenticeship program

·     Oversee budget with program director support

·     Work with contractors and community partners for outreach, resources and positive program outcomes

·     Oversee and direct interns and program volunteers

·     Oversee implementation and integrity of the Job Readiness Training program

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

Education: Bachelor's degree in social or human services or at least seven plus years working directly with formerly incarcerated individual in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, case management, addiction interventions or social work.

Qualifications: Required- Three or more years of case management and must have supervisory experience.  
Preferred- Experience working with adult criminal justice system. 

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 “Strive Fresh Start Program Manger” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


outreach worker - STRIVE Fresh Start - full time

Program Overview:
Strive Fresh Start (SFS) is a two year grant funded position aimed at supporting formerly incarcerated individuals to achieve their employment and education goals. SFS is part of our four-week intensive Job Readiness Training program. SFS serves formerly incarcerated individuals or those still on supervisors. SFS works in collaboration with other Second Chance programs and community partners. Services include; needs assessment, case management, conflict resolution, behavior modification and job placement. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming self-sufficiency and valuable contributors to families, employers and community.

Responsibilities:
Conduct community outreach to get participants enrolled in the program, oversee assessments, plan and execute participant after care groups and provide program support. The following are examples of duties:

·     Conduct outreach presentations in custody, at community forums/ events, for probation and street outreach

·     Provided engaged enrollment- make follow up calls, ensure participants complete intake process, schedule and oversee program assessments

·     Provide support with program drug testing  

·     Provide administrative support to the Job Readiness Training program

·     Conduct follow up calls to program graduates  

·     Coordinate aftercare group activities

·     Work collaboratively with other Second Chance programs to ensure support for program participants

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

Education: High school diploma or possession of high school equivalency

Preferred- At least 24 college credits

Qualifications: Required- ability to make impactful presentations to a wide variety of individuals
Preferred- Formerly incarcerated individual with at least five years off paper and out of the criminal justice system. JRT graduates are encouraged to apply.  Experience working with adult criminal justice system.

Requirements:

Must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. 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. Must be willing to transport participants in your personal vehicle.

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 “Strive Fresh Start Outreach Worker” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


CASE MANAGER - REENTRY COURT - FULL TIME

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.

Responsibilities:
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

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 “Reentry Court Case Manager” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org