Career Opportunities at Second Chance

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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 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.


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.


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


•Experience in Property Management preferred

•Customer service


·         Abide by the same sober living housing rules as the residents

·         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

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 

Program assistant - reentry court - FULL TIME

Program Overview: 

The Reentry Court Program is designed to provide comprehensive treatment and case management services to non-violent offenders that have entered into the criminal justice system due to their substance dependence and/or co-occurring disorder.      


The Program Assistant reports to the Program Manager, and is responsible for performing on-site specimen collections for judicial programs. This role requires direct observation of those being tested. The Program Assistant must possess outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills, have excellent organizational and time-management capabilities, be detail oriented and proactive, and welcome feedback as means to personal and professional growth. This role is also responsible for a wide range of activities for the program to include but not limited to:

  • Conducting the drug testing program in alignment with policies and procedures

  • Transporting participants to and from appointments

  • Tracking participant data and other administrative tasks

  • Creating and maintaining administrative forms for the department

  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social or human services or related field preferred. Training/experience in substance use disorder a plus.


  • One or more years of specialized experience collecting drug test specimens or similar experience, preferred.

  • Experience working with justice-involved adults.

  • Experience working with a team.

  • Confidential data entry and record-keeping skills and experience.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, preferred.


  • Must be able to work one weekend half-day per month.

  • Must have a personal vehicle that you are willing to use for work, 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:

    • Background Fingerprint check

    • Drug Test

Compensation: This is a non-exempt (hourly) position at $16/hour. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.  Approximately 32-40 hours/week. We will consider split shifts.

Apply:  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Program Assistant” in the subject line to

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.