Career Opportunities at Second Chance


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.

case manager/facilitator - job readiness training program - Full Time

Program Overview:

Second Chance is a nationally recognized leader in job readiness training and employment placement for more than 22 years. The Second Chance Adult Job Readiness Training (JRT) is a program based out of SC Headquarters at 6145 Imperial Ave SD CA 92114. JRT consists of nine 160-hour, four week classes per year. Classes focus on attitudinal changes, professional disciplines, job readiness, computer literacy, financial literacy and job placement. Graduates are provided two years of supportive services. Staff will also provide case management services post graduation to ensure continued success.


This position is responsible for applicant intakes including data collection and entry and graduate follow-ups. Support supervisor with data modeling and database design, utilize data interface protocols, and manage data system security. Case manages career pathway clients. This position will include scheduled outreach presentations at various community and/or government agencies to promote Second Chance programs. Position also responsible for facilitating 50% of the JRT workshop. 

  • This position is responsible for applicant intakes including data collection and entry and graduate follow-ups
  • Support supervisor with data modeling and database design, utilize data interface protocols, and manage data system security
  • Case manages career pathway clients
  • This position will include scheduled outreach presentations at various community and/or government agencies to promote Second Chance programs
  • Responsible for facilitating 50% of the JRT workshop


Minimum of three (3) years' experience in workforce development or federally funded programs; One (1) year of administrative experience; Experience with group facilitation, motivational interviewing and CBT experience. Experience with the reentry population desired. Bilingual Preferred.

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

Compensation: $20 - $23 DOE + Benefits

To Apply: submit your cover letter, resume and 3 references with "JRT Case Manager/Facilitator" 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.


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.


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


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.

•    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.


·         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

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) 


  • 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 and the hourly pay is $25.00/hour 


  • 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.