The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy, the efforts of people with arrest and criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
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This position will provide services in Safer’s 2 Satellite Offices:
Belmont Cragin location in Chicago (60639) and in South Holland, IL (60473)
Reporting to the Manager of the Advancing Careers and Employment (ACE) Program, the Training Facilitator will provide cognitive behavioralinterventions, leadership and entrepreneurship training for The DOL Intermediary Grant Program – Advancing Careers and Employment (ACE) which is designed to help justice-involved adults ages 25 and older to embark on career pathways and advance as they acquire industry recognized skills and credentials in in-demand sectors and occupations.
The Training Facilitator is also responsible for assisting ACE participants with financial counseling and in resolving current financial situations, while providing awareness of their financial health. Additionally, the Training Facilitator will have a role in supporting participants in their completion of certification training courses.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Works with program participants to complete a very detailed financial assessment by developing plans of action and providing tools, resources, and accountability to the client to help them meet their financial goals
Develops and conducts financial education classes and ensures programming that aids participants in reaching their educational, financial and asset goals
Conducts workshops as a means of outreach and education
Develops relationships with local financial institutions and community organizations
Creates a network of referral organizations to help with assisting the client meet his/her goals (e.g. local housing counseling agency, legal aid, etc.)
Keeps abreast with changes in the marketplace and Safer’s employment process in order to continually update and enhance curriculum, presentations and materials that reflect the current real world of work
Assist participants in the development of suitable resumes, how to engage in successful interviews
Participate in regular staffings to be certain that all vital information is exchanged, and, subsequently, used in the development, review and revision of participants’ progress plans
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and methods for training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects
Knowledge of and experience teaching a variety of student-centered approaches in a range of subjects
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences
Strong interpersonal skills along with excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge of and sensitivity to the particular learning needs and employment barriers faced by people with criminal records
Competency and experience in Microsoft Office Suite including skill in writing accurate and detailed case notes in agency’s database andtracking systems
A valid driver’s license is required
Access to a (reliable) automobile is required for travel as necessary to carry out responsibilities
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline
2-3+ years of direct work experience including leading groups using cognitive behavioral intervention and coaching in financial literacy, anger management and entrepreneurial efforts
Experience with start-ups and multiple-site operations
All positions are Full-Time (40-hours/week) and located in the Chicago Metropolitan area, unless otherwise specified.
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.
The situation is even more dire today..., especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job.
When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.