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 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.


HR SENIOR MANAGER - FULL TIME

Job Overview

The Second Chance Program’s Human Resources Manager will play an integral role in intentionally shaping the organization’s positive and development-focused culture, so that all employees may do their best work towards our mission of disrupting cycles of incarceration and poverty, and ultimately help individuals find their way to self-sufficiency. To help the organization reach its goals, the HR Manager will have the opportunity to enhance and manage HR systems and programs at Second Chance. These include: talent acquisition, employee development, employee relations, workforce planning, compensation and benefits, and risk management programs. We are looking for a Human Resources professional to lead the charge in developing a unified approach to managing these HR programs, and measuring their success, in order to best support our employees and the organization as a whole.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to Chief Financial Officer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are examples of the various types of work that may be performed. 

  • Implement systems for employee development such as training, talent management, and performance management, and leadership development.
  • Manage employee relations including conflict resolution, conducting investigations, developing and ensuring adherence to employee policies and procedures, and updating the employee handbook.
  • Lead critical workforce planning processes including talent forecasting, talent acquisition (including EEO compliance), on-boarding, off-boarding, and employee records management.
  • Lead HR compensation and benefits functions including job architecture and pay systems design, FLSA/Wage & Hour compliance, benefit plan design and program administration, leaves of absence, and maintenance of the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) for timekeeping and employee information.
  • Oversee HR budgeting and HR metrics reporting to support equity and staff retention.

Requirements

  • At least five years of proven successful experience as an HR Generalist or HR Business Partner.
  • Expertise in implementing human resources policies and procedures and EEO requirements.
  • Working knowledge of Federal and California employment laws.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; competency and comfort in interacting and working with diverse populations.
  • Self-directed and skilled at problem-solving.
  • Ability and desire to work as a team with a results and data-driven approach.
  • Additional HR training and/or PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certifications are a plus.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite and HRIS systems.
  • Experience assessing talent gaps, identifying training or development solutions and facilitating training.

Education: BSc/BA in Business Administration or other field relevant to HR; Master’s degree preferred

Compensation: $65,000. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "HR Manager" in the subject line.


case manager - reentry works - full time

Program Overview:

The Reentry Works Program is an extension of the America's Job Center network based inside Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and East Mesa 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 wrap around case management support to participants 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 preferred.  A combination of relevant 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/men and trauma informed care preferred. Experience working with reentry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual Preferred.

Compensation: Based on experience and qualifications. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reentry Works 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 network based inside Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility and East Mesa 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 Job Developer is responsible to help 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 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: Based on experience and qualifications. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reentry Works Job Developer" in the subject line.


REENTRY COURT Senior PROGRAM MANAGER - FULL TIME

 Program Overview:

To lead this innovative and successful program, Second Chance is seeking a forthright, resourceful, open, collaborative and responsible mental health clinician or AOD counselor who has experience managing programs for justice-involved participants. This position also may grow into a larger role at Second Chance going forward.

Reentry Court in California is a collaborative justice court for individuals who have been released from prison, have violated their terms of community supervision, and have a history of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.  Reentry court participants are assessed for their risk of re-offending and treatment needs. This information is used to create supervision and treatment plans. The program connects participants to a variety of supports including mental health and substance use treatment and housing.  Participants attend scheduled court sessions to discuss their progress. The court can recommend early discharge from community supervision when a participant successfully completes the program. Participants usually stay in the program for approximately 12-18 months. 

The purpose of our Second Chance Reentry Court Program (RCP) is to provide comprehensive treatment and case management services to the non-violent offenders admitted into the program. Our program is funded by a multi-year grant from San Diego County Behavioral Health Services (BHS). The RCP Treatment Team includes Second Chance case managers and UCSD clinicians. The treatment group also is part of a larger collaborative court team that is led by a Superior Court Judge and includes representatives from the offices of the District Attorney, law enforcement, Probation, the Public Defender and Sheriff’s Department.

The Program Manager is responsible for the operations of the treatment program and all elements of the Statement of Work in the BHS contract. These include assuring quality of services, participant support, staff leadership and supervision, budget and administration of grant funds, record-keeping, compliance, confidentiality, safety, communication with the court team and oversight of the UCSD subcontract and the MOUs with residential treatment providers and sober living housing. This also is a leadership position at Second Chance with additional related agency responsibilities and opportunities for personal, professional and organizational growth. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with the BHS contract SOW, programmatically and administratively.
  • Supervise, guide, mentor and coach the Second Chance case managers in their clinical and case management support of program participants.
  • Coordinate weekly treatment team meetings in collaboration with UCSD clinicians.
  • Attend and fully participate in weekly court team meetings and sessions at SD Superior Court.
  • Maintain ongoing contact and professional relationships with all participants. Submit weekly written summaries of their progress to the court team in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Communicate with the court team regularly and whenever needed, via phone, text and email, regarding participant whereabouts, challenges and concerns.
  • Communicate regularly with the BHS Contract Officer and other BHS, Second Chance and UCSD staff attached to the grant; submit all required reports in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure systems, policies and procedures, data collection and record-keeping are in place, to support the program and its participants and to keep the court team informed.
  • Develop and monitor the annual budget for the program.
  • Seek and maintain housing and residential treatment resources, MOUs and beds as needed.
  • Ensure confidentiality and safety for participants; promote an “open-door” policy.
  • With the court team, develop and implement an incentive program for participants.
  • Ensure that drug-testing, individual day and evening group counseling sessions and other activities are provided to participants as required.
  • Lead the recruitment, hiring, training, performance monitoring and evaluation of RCP staff at Second Chance.
  • Participate in Second Chance program leaders’ meetings, cross-program collaboration, all-staff meetings, strategic planning, data collection and reporting, and other assigned duties.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience

  • State-approved alcohol and drug counseling certification and at least three years of successful experience providing direct AOD or clinical counseling and/or case management
  • At least two years of program management and staff supervision in a clinical, justice or nonprofit setting
  • Familiarity with Drug-MediCal requirements, policies and procedures

Education

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health administration, a behavioral science, social work, education or a related field
  • Preferred: Master’s degree and California mental health professional license such as an LMFT, LCSW, LPCC

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Values

  • Evidence-based practices for this population, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
  • Self-directed and highly organized; needs minimal supervision
  • Uses logical, problem-solving techniques, both independently and with teams
  • Culturally competent; promotes diversity and inclusion and empowering practices
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation and leadership skills; maintains good humor, positive morale, team cohesion, respect, transparency

Position Title: Senior Program Manager

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the COO/Chief of Programs at Second Chance or his/her designee.

Program: Reentry Court Program

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Compensation: $65,000. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply: To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a list of 3 professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "RCP Manager" in the subject line.


hOUSE LEADER - SOBER LIVING - PART TIME

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.

Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications: 

•Experience in Property Management preferred

•Customer service

Requirements:

·         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

Disqualifications:

  • 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 jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


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.