Career Opportunities at Second Chance

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 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 - strive forward- full time

STRIVE Forward (SF) Program Background:
The SF program is a job readiness program designed for youth ages 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. 


Responsibilities:
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 individual development action 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.
•   Other duties as assigned.

Education: High School Diploma or GED required.  Bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field preferred.  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 preferred, 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 jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "SF Case Manager" in the subject line.


staff accountant - full time

Responsible for:    Preparation and reconciliation of all housing rent income sources and contract billings as well as general accounting functions.

As a member of the Finance and Operations department, this position will be responsible for all accounting and financial aspects related to our sober living homes.  In addition, this position will have accounting functions assigned from our other entities.

Core Responsibilities
•    Maintain Rentec software to ensure proper accounting and reporting for items such as: monthly occupancy levels, rent due, print receipts of rent paid, input when individuals move in and move out of one of our houses, etc, by individual and house.
•    Obtain copies of all rent payments received from Finance and Operations Assistant and input and reconcile into rent database.
•    Prepare monthly housing revenue reconciliations in conjunction with worksheets prepared by Housing staff members, contract billings, revenue deposits and QuickBooks financials.
•    Complete bank reconciliations for all bank accounts.
•    Prepare monthly housing contract reconciliations and billings by each contract due date.
•    Ensure contract revenue is received timely.
•    Reconcile balance sheet accounts for all entities.
•    Provide monthly financial reports from QuickBooks for Manager of Housing.
•    Research and answer all financial questions from Housing staff.
•    In conjunction with the CFO and Manager of Housing Operations, establish, document, and maintain housing internal financial controls; petty cash procedures; rent collection procedures etc.

 Other
•    Reconcile Second Chance Programs balance sheet items.
•    Reconcile QuickBooks Contributions to Raisers Edge donation software.
•    Complete other contract billings as needed.
•    Provide monthly financial reports from QuickBooks for Directors of Programs.
•    Prepare assigned journal entries.
•    Assist CFO in preparing monthly financial statements for Board of Directors.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
•    Minimum of 4 years of accounting experience or equivalent
•    Proven ability to perform detailed accounting work
•    Must have excellent Microsoft Excel and Word skills
•    Quickbooks experience is a plus.
•    Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and exercise personal and professional judgment
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Ability to implement agency vision, mission, values and strategic plan
•    Proven ability to communicate and to work effectively with a diverse group of people as well as collaborative partners
•    Well organized, detail and big picture oriented
•    Strong writing, grammar and editing ability
•    Flexible and able to respond to multiple demands
•    Has experience in a nonprofit organization with government contracts
 

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Staff Accountant" in the subject line.


Rehabilitation Counselor - YORP - Full Time
 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program (YORP) uses evidence-based curricula and cognitive behavioral training and interventions to aid incarcerated youth.  The program is designed to meet the needs of the county’s most severe and chronic juvenile offenders.  Approximately 10% of the juvenile offender population has either failed out of the county’s other programs or has committed a level of crime that necessitates an extended period of incarceration. 

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Rehabilitation Counselor has authority over and responsibility for providing individual counseling, family counseling, and facilitating psycho-educational group workshops as established under the contract with the San Diego County Probation Department.  The Counselor has authority over their individual duties and responsibilities in providing counseling and psycho-educational services as established under the contract with the San Diego County Probation Department.  The Counselor has authority to exercise independent decisions related to their immediate interactions with clients in the counseling and in the  group workshops they provide in accordance with the program’s guiding principles and established practices, the Facilities rules and regulations and the Agency’s policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.  Counseling Duties and Responsibilities
•    Provides Individual and Family Counseling Services at a para-professional, trainee or intern level.
•    Conducts assessments of clients’ needs and risks using the standardized assessment inventories and interview protocols provided and prescribed by the program. 
•    Counsels clients using established Motivational Interviewing practices in which they are trained.
•    Observes and identifies clients’ behaviors that indicate the client is experiencing distress of a nature that requires intermediate or immediate intervention. 
•    Intervenes directly when the client’s distressed behavior is such the Counselor is capable of responding within their level of competence and prescribed role.
•    Refers clients whose level of distress and identified behavior indicates the client is suffering serious to severe states of depression or anxiety, is in danger of harming themselves, or is in danger of harming another.
•    Connects the client directly to their Project Manager, the Facilities’ Probation custody staff or to the Facilities’ mental health professionals including the therapists, psychologists, or psychiatrists for intervention to alleviate such serious and severe states and prevent harm to self or another or others.
•    Activates and follows the Crisis Action Plan and Emergency Intervention Plan for the specific client following the crisis intervention protocols of the program, Agency and the Facilities.
•    Consults Project Manager and confirms appropriateness of and takes action to refer clients to Facility’s Psychiatric Care staff for medication evaluation and prescription.
•    Provides follow-up actions which may include counseling sessions for clients who have been referred for crisis intervention services and medication evaluations.

2.  Group Facilitation Duties and Responsibilities
•    Facilitates psycho-educational group workshops and classes as assigned by the Project Manager in accordance with the individual Counselor’s training in specific subjects of the curriculum.
•    Practices curriculum fidelity, that is facilitates the workshop by being faithful, adhering to the structured curriculum for each group workshop.
•    Provides sign-in and sign out attendance logs with date and times and monitors  participants’ entry and exit to assure each completes their own sign-in and sign-out by signature and time for each psycho-educational group workshop.
•    Establishes ground rules for the group workshops and uses a combination of positive reinforcement and sanctions to gain compliance with the rules for establishing a learning environment that enhances the participants’ opportunity for effective skills development.
•    Observes the group process for members’ interactions and alliances that create alliances for pro-social norms and reinforces these individuals. 
•    Observes the group process for members’ interactions and alliances that create anti-social group norms. Intervenes in these anti-social interactions and blocks them and redirects the members to neutral or pro-social behaviors aligned with creating pro-social norms.  
•    Facilitates the group workshops using a combination of strategies that will engage the participants in cognitive learning, behavioral rehearsal of skills, and emotional involvement. 
•    Facilitates learning using role plays and follows role plays with discussion eliciting critical thinking regarding the individual group members learning from the role play and discussion. 
•    Provides pre and post tests for participants to assess their learning of specific key learning objectives as related to their unique life circumstances and themselves.
•    Enters results of pre and post-tests in the spreadsheet report.

3.  Case Management Duties and Responsibilities
•    Develops a client’s case management plan in interaction with the client, consultation from the Project 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 in interaction with the client and submits the plan to the Project Manager for reviews, modification as needed, and approval.
•    Endorses the case management plan with their own signature, obtains the client’s signature and the signature of the Project Manager.
•    Uses the case management plan as a reference tool for ongoing individual counseling sessions.

4.  Administrative and Clinical Supervision Duties and Responsibilities
•    Attends and participates in administrative group supervision meetings weekly and individually as needed.
•    Attends and participates in individual and group clinical supervision meetings weekly and as needed.
•    Presents client’s issues with which Counselor is working, unsure how to respond, and needs help with using clinical supervision to get feedback, rehearse and plan for actions to address these issues. 
•    Uses the presentation protocol of the program for presenting such counseling and facilitating issues.
•    Elicits feedback regarding counseling and facilitating work for improvement and greater effectiveness in conducting the work.
•    Gives feedback to fellow Counselors, at their initiating feedback, in supervision meetings according to the program’s protocols.
•    Directly observed by supervisor and fellow Counselors while conducting counseling sessions and while facilitating group workshops, for the purpose of reinforcing Counselor’s strengths and improving.
•    Leads multi-disciplinary team meetings in a process that : identifies client’s risks and needs based on ongoing observations of client’s tangible observable behaviors and patterns of interactions; and, facilitates planning for and implementation of specific interventions by team members to elicit the client’s motivation and action for change to positive behaviors and attitudes.

5.  Training Duties and Responsibilities
•    Participates in initial and ongoing Motivational Interviewing counseling skills training, facilitator skills training, and training in the PCMS data system. 
•    Identifies own training needs and communicates needs to Program Manager assisting in development of ongoing training plan.

6.  Administrative Duties and Responsibilities
•    Enters client data into PCMS data system in a timely and accurate manner.
•    Maintains accurate and timely client records as required by HIPPA and Agency policies and practices.
•    Obtains required client signatures documenting contacts as prescribed by contract.
•    Writes correspondence letters and documents related to Clients’ needs and requests and presents such correspondence to Program Manager for review and approval prior to sending it.
•    Provides data for contract compliance reports.
•    Provides data for Agency’s semi-annual, annual and other periodic reports.
•    Assures case records are held in a secure file cabinet
•    Completes time sheets and time off requests as prescribed by Agency policy.                                                                                                                                                
7. Laws, Regulations, Ethics Codes, Policies and Procedures
•    Follow all Agency policies, processes, and procedures in performance of duties.
•    Practice counseling and facilitation work according to federal and state laws, governing licensing or certification board’s regulations, and profession’s code of ethics.
•    Performs duties and responsibilities in a safe manner and per the Agency’s health and safety policy.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Demonstrated minimum of 1 year of specialized experience in providing counseling, social or education services for high risk youth or young adults preferred.
•    Experience in use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) practices as verified by certificate of completion of basic three day MI training and ideally certificate of completion of advanced training in MI practices preferred.
•    Experience in individual, group and marriage and family counseling as demonstrated by being a MFT trainee, MSW practicum student, MFT Intern or LCSW Intern preferred.
•    Knowledge of basic counseling and group facilitation skills preferred.
•    Knowledge of and basic counseling theory preferred
•    Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing practices preferred.
•    Skills in conducting risk needs assessments preferred.
•    Knowledge and Skills to provide counseling and group facilitating in a manner that is responsive and sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences and related needs of staff and clients preferred. 
•    Ability to work with a degree of autonomy and exercise responsible judgment.
•    Ability to create, develop and plan required group workshop sessions.
•    Ability to implement agency’s vision through carrying out the mission in alignment with the Agency’s values and strategic plan.
•    Ability to communicate and to work effectively with a diverse group of people.
•    Ability to work in collaboration with other service providers.
•    Ability to think in and act from a scientific paradigm.
•    Ability to solve practical problems in rational and logical manner.  
•    Ability to understand and interpret instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 
•    Ability to communicate instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
•    Trainable in Agency’s ETO software program. 
•    Must be able to speak, read, and write in English.
•    Bi-lingual in English and Spanish languages preferred.

Licenses, Certifications:
•    License to practice psychotherapy in the State of California preferred.
•    Certification to work as Drug and Alcohol Specialist preferred. 

Education:
•    A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or closely related field,  from an accredited college or university.  Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, Social Work, or Counseling Psychology preferred.

BACKGROUND CHECK, DMV, AND VEHICLE:
•    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 – (agency pays insurance cost).
•    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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
•    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
•    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
•    Job is performed in county juvenile detention facilities, Probation Department’s community offices, and Agency’s headquarters office. 

TO APPLY: Submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Rehabilitation Counselor" in the subject line.


CASE MANAGER - 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.

Responsibilities:
The Case Manager is responsible for providing wrap around case management support to clients including: case planning, goal setting, reentry planning, progress monitoring, and group facilitation. The following are examples of duties:
•    Develops a client's case management plan in interaction with the client, consultation from the Project 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 in interaction with the client and submits the plan to the Project Manager for reviews, modification as needed, and       approval.
•    Endorses the case management plan with their own signature, obtains the client's signature and the signature of the Project Manager.
•    Uses the case management plan as a reference tool for ongoing individual counseling sessions.
•    Coordinates all treatments services in partnership with USD 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 college degree.

Qualifications: Two or more years of case management or related experience. Experience working with re-entry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual Preferred.

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

Apply:
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references with "Reentry Court Case Manager" in the subject line.


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, and has operated for nearly 25 years. Our Adult Job Readiness Training (JRT) is a program based out of Second Chance Headquarters at 6145 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA. Each JRT class consists of a 120-hour, four week period. Classes focus on attitudinal changes, professional discipline, 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. 

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts applicant intakes, including data entry and collection
  • Graduate follow-ups
  • Provides support services
  • 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 classes. 

Qualifications:
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. Bachelor's or Master's degree in social or human services or related field is preferred. Bilingual Preferred.

Compensation: Hourly range $20- $23 - depending on experience + benefits.

Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with " JRT Case Manager/Facilitator" 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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         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

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         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

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

·  A valid California Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential or California Reading Certificate.  Must possess English Learner authorization (CLAD or equivalent document) 

BACKGROUND CHECK, DMV, AND VEHICLE:

  • 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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 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 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • 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 jobs@secondchanceprogram.org with "Reading Specialist" in the subject line.