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 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.


Job developer/business services representative - reentry works - full time

Program Overview: 

The Reentry Works program is an extension of the America's Job Centers network that is based inside a local detention and 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 Business Service Representative is responsible for helping to 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 (3) or more years of job development or related experience. Strong facilitation skills, understanding of trauma informed, gender-specific needs of incarcerated women preferred. Experience working with reentry populations and workforce development programs a plus. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Requirements:
•    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 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 “Job Developer Reentry Works” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Program Manager - 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.  The Program Manager is responsible for the day to day operations and supervisory aspects of the Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program. This includes coordination and oversight of the case management, counseling, vocational, and psycho-educational services. Program Manager has responsibility for the day to day program operations at the County of San Diego Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities: Kearny Mesa and East Mesa and program operations in the community unit. This position requires incumbent to make independent and discretionary decisions and to work independently and with minimal supervision and guidance. The Program Manager serves as the designated point person responsible for overseeing the programming for the Rehabilitation Program’s counseling, psycho-educational, vocational, educational, and employment services staff and subcontractors. The Program Manager develops and plans future activities in coordination and with approval of the Director of Youth Programs.

Responsibilities:

The Program Manager must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including treatment staff, law enforcement, and probation. The following are examples of duties:

  • Maintaining status of relationships with collaborative partners; ongoing needs for effective delivery of services; and, overall operation of the programs.
  • Assists to establishing, tracking, and reporting measurable goals for the programs
  • Provides weekly supervision meetings with all program staff.
  • Ensures all staff are properly trained and supervised.
  • Supports and guides staff on a multi-systemic approach to case management focused on successful transition from custody to community.
  • Provides administrative supervision of program staff in individual and group meetings as needed. Providing written follow-up and/or documentation of these meetings as needed or requested.
  • Guides rehabilitation counselors in crisis intervention services.
  • Ensures all staff maintains accurate and timely client records as required by County of San Diego, and agency policies and practices.
  • Ensures contractual obligations for client contacts, overseeing the offering of community based workshops, developing curriculum, and supporting youth as well as staff to meet transitional outcomes for successful re-entry into the community.
  • Ensures that the ongoing and daily activities of the program are being implemented in collaboration and cooperation with Probation Department Staff. 
  • Practices counseling and facilitates work according to federal and state laws, governing licensing or certification board’s regulations, and profession’s code of ethics. 

Education: Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or other related field Required.  California State-Licensed as a Mental Health Professional strongly preferred.  

Qualifications: 

•    Demonstrated minimum of three (3) years of specialized experience in providing counseling, social or education services for high risk youth or young adults preferred;
•    At Least one (1) year experience on a cross-disciplinary team;
•    At Least one (1) year of administrative experience that included the supervision of paid clinical personnel;
•    At Least one (1) year professional experience with re-entry of justice involved adults and /or youth;
•    Must have knowledge of and experience with juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems, programs, and issues

Requirements:
•    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 “Program Manager YORP” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


Program Manager - STRIVE Fresh Start - full time

Program Overview:
Strive Fresh Start (SFS) is a two year grant funded position aimed at supporting formerly incarcerated individuals to achieve their employment and education goals. SFS is part of our four-week intensive Job Readiness Training program. SFS serves formerly incarcerated individuals or those still on supervisors. SFS works in collaboration with other Second Chance programs and community partners. Services include; needs assessment, case management, conflict resolution, behavior modification and job placement. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming self-sufficiency and valuable contributors to families, employers and community.

Responsibilities:
Provide leadership and supervision to the JRT/SFS staff and program participants.   Oversee budget and ensure program requirements are met. Must also provide coverage if staff are unavailable.  The following are examples of duties:

·     Meet weekly with staff to identify goals and provide support

·     Work with team to create ideas and follow-up plans to ensure contract success

·     Manage participants that need additional support/motivation to meet program requirements.

·     Manage career pathway programs to include our pre apprenticeship program

·     Oversee budget with program director support

·     Work with contractors and community partners for outreach, resources and positive program outcomes

·     Oversee and direct interns and program volunteers

·     Oversee implementation and integrity of the Job Readiness Training program

·     Participates in Second Chance staff meetings, trainings and other duties assigned

Education: Bachelor's degree in social or human services or at least seven plus years working directly with formerly incarcerated individual in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, case management, addiction interventions or social work.

Qualifications: Required- Three or more years of case management and must have supervisory experience.  
Preferred- Experience working with adult criminal justice system. 

Requirements:

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 “Strive Fresh Start Program Manger” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


outreach worker - STRIVE Fresh Start - full time

Program Overview:
Strive Fresh Start (SFS) is a two year grant funded position aimed at supporting formerly incarcerated individuals to achieve their employment and education goals. SFS is part of our four-week intensive Job Readiness Training program. SFS serves formerly incarcerated individuals or those still on supervisors. SFS works in collaboration with other Second Chance programs and community partners. Services include; needs assessment, case management, conflict resolution, behavior modification and job placement. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and support individuals in becoming self-sufficiency and valuable contributors to families, employers and community.

Responsibilities:
Conduct community outreach to get participants enrolled in the program, oversee assessments, plan and execute participant after care groups and provide program support. The following are examples of duties:

·     Conduct outreach presentations in custody, at community forums/ events, for probation and street outreach

·     Provided engaged enrollment- make follow up calls, ensure participants complete intake process, schedule and oversee program assessments

·     Provide support with program drug testing  

·     Provide administrative support to the Job Readiness Training program

·     Conduct follow up calls to program graduates  

·     Coordinate aftercare group activities

·     Work collaboratively with other Second Chance programs to ensure support for program participants

·     Participates in Second Chance staff meetings, trainings and other duties assigned

Education: High school diploma or possession of high school equivalency

Preferred- At least 24 college credits

Qualifications: Required- ability to make impactful presentations to a wide variety of individuals
Preferred- Formerly incarcerated individual with at least five years off paper and out of the criminal justice system. JRT graduates are encouraged to apply.  Experience working with adult criminal justice system.

Requirements:

Must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. 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. Must be willing to transport participants in your personal vehicle.

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 “Strive Fresh Start Outreach Worker” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


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, collaborative court program that provides substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorder treatment, intensive case management, group and individual therapy, and drug testing services.  Referrals to program come from the court system.  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: in-custody assessments, transportation of participants, case planning, goal setting, reentry planning, progress monitoring, and group facilitation. The Case Manager must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including treatment staff, law enforcement, and court representatives. The following are examples of duties:

·     Completes in-custody assessments of new referrals (clearance into San Diego County jails required) with our treatment partners, UCSD Department of Outpatient Psychiatry

·     Attends weekly morning court team meetings, followed by court sessions, to share progress updates and/or current treatment barriers of caseload

·     Transports new referrals from custody to treatment, and to scheduled community appointments

·      Facilitates evening group sessions and maintains a caseload of participants, meeting with individuals according to participant’s phase in the program

·     Develops a case management plan with participants, according to DMC standards and timeframes

·     Maintains progress notes in a timely and detailed fashion, according to DMC standards and timeframes

·      Participates in case conferencing, regular communication, and treatment planning with treatment partners regularly

·     Connects participants to resources within the community that support their individual treatment process

·     Participates in Second Chance staff meetings, trainings and other duties assigned

Education: Bachelor's degree in social or human services or related field required.  Master’s degree preferred.

Qualifications: Required- Two or more years of case management or drug and alcohol treatment-related experience. Must have a current AOD certification or be able to obtain one within 6 months of hire date.
Preferred- Experience working with adult criminal justice system.  Bilingual in English and Spanish

Requirements:

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 “Reentry Court Case Manager” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org