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 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.


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

·         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


  • 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 list of three professional references with “House Leader” in the subject line to 

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 14 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. In addition, 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.


The Business Services Representative must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including 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 and review of their resumes, cover letters, applications, etc.
  • Deliver and adapt as needed curriculum on job interviewing and employment search techniques
  • Organize and conduct mock interviews for participants
  • Develop and monitor participant job search activities
  • Conduct job placement follow-up calls
  • Do data collection, tracking, and reporting of information related to participants’ employment activities 

Education: Bachelor's degree in social or human services or related field required. Or, at least 3 years of verifiable successful experience doing similar work with youth or young adults and employers.   


•At least one year of successful experience in 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


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 “Business Services Representative” in the subject line to