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.

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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.

Chief Operations/Chief Programs Officer


This is an extremely exciting time to join the team at San Diego Second Chance! Our organization is undergoing one of the most extensive growth periods since our founding, with new programs and partnerships launching across the region with future potential growth planned state wide and internationally through the new Second Chance Academy –

We seek an experienced programs executive who has demonstrated a relentless focus on mission throughout their career, and infuses this passion into everything they do.  The new Chief Operations /Programs Officer position will lead and manage all our day-to-day mission critical operations with a current budget of $4m+, enabling our CEO to focus on ongoing organizational programmatic growth and development of our funding streams. The COO/CPO will bring to this position a data-driven approach to exceed targets in all program areas, and use those outcomes to help Second Chance improve its program outcomes and tell our story through provable mission outcomes in leading our clients to self-sufficiency. They will stay up to date on the latest research and science related to our work, and ensure we maintain fidelity to evidence-based programming and best practices. He/she will be an integral member of our senior management team, and will play a central role in coaching, mentoring, and developing our staff into the most professional team in our sector. 

The COO/CPO will partner with and work closely with the CEO and Senior Management team, while taking responsibility for all program planning, organizing, operating, and staffing. The COO/CPO is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the program aspects of the annual budget, in conjunction with the CFO and CEO. They are also responsible for ensuring Second Chance complies with all federal, state, and city regulations, in the areas of funding, contracts, certifications, and licensing requirements. 

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For more information on this vacancy or to apply, please contact Trevor Blair, Principal, Blair Search Partners, 550 West B Street, 4th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101or email at  

Youth Case Manager - STRIVE Forward - Full Time

STRIVE Forward (SF) Background

The SF program is a job readiness program designed for youth age 14-24 with a history of involvement in the juvenile justice system. The SF program is based on the principles of positive youth development and utilizes evidence based techniques to support youth in becoming successful, productive members of the community. The goals of SF are education, occupational skills training, employment, and reduced recidivism. The role of the case manager is to support youth while in the program (from intake through the follow up period), ensuring their access to resources, and advocating for their interests.


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.

 Essential duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct outreach and engagement for in-custody juveniles, out of school youth, and youth in the community, to introduce the SF Program and recruit eligible program participants.
  • Complete and regularly update a client centered Individual Development Plan (IDP) in collaboration with the youth, family, probation officer, other youth staff, corrections staff, and other community partners as appropriate.
  • Communicate with parents, teachers, probation staff, or other community partners to coordinate services and support for the client.
  • Maintain regular client contact, at least once per week, with each youth on the caseload (face to face, phone, email, or text).
  • Facilitate any referrals to appropriate community-based programming or services for education, supportive services, and/or other training needs.
  • Facilitate weekly job readiness and youth development groups.
  • Provide educational advocacy, navigation of various secondary and post-secondary institutions to assist the youth to achieve educational goals.
  • Assist Second Chance youth staff with projects, which promote agency programs, events and fundraising as needed.
  • Chaperone youth at program related field trips.
  • Responsible for collecting, inputting, and filing eligibility and intake documents and other relevant documentation in the client’s hard file and database service records.
  • Obtain verification of youths’ employment, education or skills training accomplishments including employment, certificates, degrees, transcripts etc.
  • Monitor youth program participation, attendance and progress.
  • Convey any relevant information on or about participants who share or have knowledge of after the workshop about their activities.
  • Assist with participant timecard completion and collection.
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with other youth and adult staff to ensure the best possible service to clients.
  • Serving as an example for clients of professionalism and high standards.
  • Participating actively in staff meetings, providing information as needed for proposals, outreach, publicity, etc.
  • Attend other agency and/or community meetings as relevant.
  • All other duties as assigned.

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.

Work History: Two or more years of case management or related experience working with youth required, preferably court involved or at risk population.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·         Familiarity with motivational interviewing and trauma informed care. 

·         Team player willing to accept and promote organizational goals and function with minimal supervision.

·         Proven ability to communicate and to work effectively with a diverse group.

·         Strong writing, computer, and organizational skills required.

·         Ability to effectively communicate and work with youth of varied cultural backgrounds as well as coalitions of service providers.

·         Able to think and work independently. Must be capable of working under pressure with deadlines and managing multiple priorities. 

·         Proficient with computers and common applications, including MS Word, Outlook, and Power Point.

·         Bilingual is preferred.

License Requirement:  Required to have a valid driver’s license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle meeting the minimum level of liability insurance as defined under the California Department of Motor Vehicle Code.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to with "Youth Case Manager" in the subject line

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.

Case manager - reentry court - FULL TIME

Program Overview - Reentry Court

The Reentry Court program is a comprehensive program that provides treatment for substance use disorders, intensive case management, group and individual counseling, job training, and housing for individuals who have substance use issues 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 providing wraparound case management support to clients, including: case planning, goal setting, progress monitoring, and group facilitation. The following are examples of duties:

  • Develops clients' case management plans with the clients, consultation from the Program Manager and input from the multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Uses the case management protocol to be systematic in the development of the case management plan.
  • Writes the case management plan  with the client and submits the plan to the Program Manager for review, modification as needed, and approval.
  • Endorses the case management plan with their own signature, obtains the client’s signature and the signature of the Program Manager.
  • Uses the case management plan as a reference tool for ongoing individual counseling sessions.
  • Coordinates all treatment services in partnership with UCSD clinical staff.

Identifies participant needs and barriers related to programmatic goals and provides connections to resources to address those needs.

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 a college degree.

QualificationsTwo or more years of case management or related experience. Experience working with reentry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual Preferred.

Compensation:  $20-$23 per hour; employer paid healthcare coverage and a benefits package including vision, dental, and life insurance.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to with "Reentry Court Case Manager" in the subject line.