The Safer Foundation is a Chicago-based social service provider for individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.
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The Sector Manager is responsible for intensive development of long-term employer relationships that result in high numbers of career-path placements within various job sectors and industries. Each must work cooperatively with other Sector Managers to establish complimentary strategies for recruiting employers by developing in-depth industry expertise through relationships with associations, unions, key training providers, and employers offering job opportunities at all levels. Sector Managers must also be able to share their career-path expertise with clients from many programs who are looking to develop their own realizable career-path plans.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensures the needs/obligations of interested parties (clients, funders, and employer-partners) are addressed.
Adapts Safer’s recruitment materials to target their designated employer markets.
Spends at least 2/3 time in the field making direct employer contacts.
Prospects for new employers through intensive research, calling, information dissemination and presentation campaigns.
Enters all qualified job leads into Safer’s (Axiom) database.
Brings multiple job leads to Safer’s pre-screenings to interview appropriate Safer clients, provide verbal and written feedback on client’s interview performance, and make referrals to actual employer interviews.
Provides intensive follow-up on placements to ensure employer satisfaction; make prompt replacements when necessary.
Tracks all employer contacts and submit weekly reports on progress that are routinely on time.
Creates strong partnerships with all key players within each sector; employers, associations, unions, training providers.
Charts sector career-paths and makes presentations to Safer’s clients on career opportunities in each sector.
Assists in the implementation and maintenance of an Employer Advisory Council.
Creates excellent professional relationships via collaboration with all internal Safer’s divisions.
Handles special projects along with routine expectations when it is required.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent sales skills.
Experience placing large numbers of clients, delivering reports, developing marketing/program materials.
A valid driver’s license is required.
Access to a (reliable) vehicle is required for job-related travel.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or successful equivalent/relevant experience.
At least three years’ successful experience developing relationships with employers.
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.