The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to 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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There are two (2) slots for this position.
Filling of this position is contingent upon finalization of the award.
Reporting to the Program Manager of the CHA Transitional Jobs Program, the Case Manager/Employment Specialist is responsible for delivering employment preparation and retention services to clients to enhance their focus in reaching employment benchmarks at the 30, 90, 180 and 365-day mark. He/she guides the development of an individualized employment plan (IEP) and facilitates services appropriate to the same. He/she is the point of contact for the client throughout service delivery and retention attainment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Execute the processes of the transitional job as prescribed in Safer and contract protocols
Maintain client engagement following job start via phone calls, emails, social media, etc.
Act as liaison between employer and client and assist in resolving problems when called upon to intervene
Work one-on-one with clients to address issues that threaten employability and refer to appropriate services, as needed
Enter and track client information using Safer’s in-house database system; complete all paperwork and contractual requirements accurately and on a timely basis
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree (is preferred) in a related field i.e., Sociology, Psychology, Training, etc.
Two years’ successful experience providing employment and training services to low-skilled, low-income adults
Successful experience building collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders and inter-dependencies as well as external collaborative partners
Knowledge of/familiarity with non-profits, strongly desired
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, es...pecially 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.