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.


PROGRAM ASSISTANT - YOUTH GARDEN PROGRAM - FULL TIME, TEMPORARY

Program Overview:
The Second Chance Youth Garden (SCYG) runs a six week job training program for at risk, low-income and formally incarcerate youth. Through hands-on garden based training, youth learn to seed, cultivate, transplant, harvest and market the fruits of their labor. Other program components include healthy cooking /nutrition classes, job development courses, youth development workshops, and fun!
Throughout the program, youth are required to be enrolled and attending high school unless they have already earned their GED/high school diploma. Upon completion of the program each youth receives individual case management to work toward high school graduation, paid internship opportunities, part/full time work, and/or higher education. The SCYG 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 the program are education, basic job skills training, and youth empowerment/engagement. The garden program also operates as a small business and all produce grown by youth and staff is sold in order to generate revenue to sustain programming.

Responsibilities:
The Program Assistant is responsible for conducting outreach and enrollment for approximately 15 youth per cohort and 20 customers per CSA season. The Program Assistant must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including the Production Assistant, school liaisons, customers, and other Second Chance Staff. The following are examples of duties:

  • Work with partner school sites to recruit and enroll youth in garden program cohorts (10-15 per cohort)
  • Collect, input, and file all eligibility and intake documents into participant’s hard file and database service records
  • Work alongside Production Assistant to facilitate groups of youth in the garden
  • Prepare for and facilitate all other essential program components
  • Monitor youth program participation, attendance and progress. Prepare, complete and file all accompanying paperwork on a weekly basis.
  • Complete and submit monthly programmatic reports
  • Coordinate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
  • Participates in Second Chance staff meetings, trainings and other duties assigned
     

Education:
Required- High School diploma, GED or AA degree or the equivalent in training certifications Preferred- Bachelor's degree in social or human services, business/marketing or agriculture.

Qualifications:
-Experience and enthusiasm in working with a program serving justice involved youth or at-risk youth.
-At least one year of experience in one or more of the following: Case management/counseling, program administration and/or farm marketing/sales related experience.
-Detail oriented; good administrative, communication and interpersonal skills; aligned with our program goals and organizational mission.

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

Position Duration: January - April 2018

Apply:
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with contact information for three professional references and “Program Assistant” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


grant writer - full time

Position Summary: 

The Grant Writer reports to the Vice President, Advancement & External Affairs, and works closely with Chief of Programs and senior programs staff to create yearly calendar for grant submissions; writes or assists with city, county, state and federal government RFPs and grants; researches and writes foundation and corporate LOIs and grants; writes foundation and corporate grant reports; assists Finance Office with government contract reports as needed; maintains professional communications with grantors.

Responsibilities:

•    Strategize and prepare yearly grant submission calendar in keeping with organizational goals and fundraising needs
•    Track submissions and reporting deadlines to ensure timely submissions and reporting of grant activities
•    Write or assist with city, county, state and federal contract RFPs and grants
•    Write LOIs, foundation and corporate grant requests
•    Collaborate with Finance Office and Program Managers to prepare grant budgets and reports
•    Research private and government RFP and grant opportunities
•    Manage RFP projects as needed
•    Work with the VP Advancement and Chief of Programs to develop fundraising strategy for programs
•    Assist with researching trends in successful program funding
•    Maintain grant files
•    Perform special projects and other related duties as required
•    Maintain communications with grantors

Core Competencies and Required Skills:

•    Three years grant writing experience
•    Ability to communicate verbally and in writing; good interpersonal skills
•    Ability to collaborate with others and coordinate efforts
•    Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
•    Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
•    Experience with donor management software (Raiser’s Edge a plus)
•    Comfortable learning new technology
•    Comfortable working with diverse staff and clients
•    Strong project management and problem-solving skills
•    Creative thinker
•    Self-starter
•    Adhere to highest ethical standards as relates to fundraising and AFP guidelines
 

Education:  Bachelor’s degree or three years’ grant writing experience; expert in written English.

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 “Grant Writer” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org 


STAFF ACCOUNTANT - FULL TIME, EXEMPT

Responsibilities:

The Staff Accountant is 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 including reconciliations between multiple software systems, contract billings, and accounting functions.  In addition, this position will have accounting functions assigned from our other entities including journal entries, invoice billing, reconciliations, and financial preparation.  The Staff Accountant must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team including the Accounting staff, Housing staff, contract funders, and other Second Chance Staff.

The following are examples of duties:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts for all entities.
  • Provide monthly financial reports from QuickBooks for Manager of Housing.
  • 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.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or a closely related field.

Qualifications:  Minimum of 4 years of accounting experience or equivalent. Experience in a nonprofit organization with government contracts is desired.

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 Background Fingerprint check, which will be paid for by San Diego Second Chance.

Compensation: Maximum of $25/hour. Employer paid healthcare coverage for employee.

Apply:
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with list of three professional references with “Staff Accountant” in the subject line to jobs@secondchanceprogram.org


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