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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Reporting to the Employment Retention Manager, the Re-entry Counselor is responsible for assisting participants in managing their lives to achieve successful outcomes; staying crime-free, retaining employment; and positively connecting with the community for a 6-12 month period.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruit clients who meet program eligibility requirements from the surrounding geographic communities, churches, community organizations, Probation and Parole Departments, Safer’s Adult Transition Centers and other Safer’ locations, etc.
Conduct comprehensive client assessments and establish individualized case plans reflective of the identified needs and deliver appropriate services.
Based on assessment results, provide clients with referrals that will support successful reentry into the community for assistance.
Develop new and maintain existing referral sources in the surrounding communities frequented by clients and their families.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work well under pressure in a diverse, fast-paced work environment; and, to work both independently and as a team in order to meet established deadlines. Must be flexible, self-reliant, resourceful and outcome driven.
Excellent oral/written/interpersonal communication skills required including ability to develop marketing materials that successfully promotes the program.
Strong computer skills and familiarity with databases needed.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, preferred
3 years’ successful & relevant experience as well as demonstrated success in working with people with criminal records
Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish and English is a preferred but not required
The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
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.