JOB TITLE: Re-Entry Specialist
LOCATION: AYW Headquarters, Austin, TX
DEPARTMENT: YouthBuild Austin
POSITION REPORTS TO: New Start Coordinator
POSITION SUPERVISES: No direct supervisory responsibilities, but serves as a coach and mentor for all program participants.
CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt
POSITION PURPOSE: The Reentry Specialist is responsible for coordinating and implementing reentry services with participants returning from prison to the community. Duties include developing and implementing treatment plans, including utilizing evidence-based interventions. The individual must possess a demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.
The Re-Entry Specialist will perform the following functions:
Facilitate support groups and other activities for Re-entry Youth enrolled in New Start and at correctional facilities for youth interested in enrolling in New Start upon release;
Provide case management services that include conducting weekly 1:1 "check-ins" with participants, creating individual service plans, crisis intervention counseling, assisting with court/probation related issues, problem-solving, home visits, information/referrals, parent/family support, and assisting with end of year follow-up services.
Work with Justice System and other community partners to promote and facilitate New Start activities: communicate with probation officers to assist New Start participants
Co-Facilitate restorative practices circles/life skills groups
Providing support to education and vocational providers to help in the classroom/on site with participant related issues
Attend transition meetings with participants
Document member support services in real-time and report program measures for multiple quarterly reports
Transport members to and from off-site services, as needed
Accompany participants to court hearings
Assist with Expunction and Sealing of Records process
Attend relevant training
Other tasks as assigned by supervisor
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Master’s Degree and Professional License in or related to Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or Chemical Dependency
EXPERIENCE: Four years of previous related experience working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth and young adults with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices in a jobs training, youth development, employment training and, or YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model.
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field;
EXPERIENCE: Two years of previous related experience working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth and young adults with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices in a jobs training, youth development, employment training and, or YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model.
EQUIVALENT: Associate’s degree in the specified or related field and Two years of work experience such as described in the essential functions and duties of the job description OR High school diploma or GED and Four years of work experience such as described in the essential functions and duties of the job description;
KNOWLEDGE: Community resources, Criminal justice systems, Travis County and Austin area social services network, human behavior and principles and processes for Positive Youth Development, providing customer and personal services;
SKILLS: Good problem solving and logistical skills; conflict resolution skills; Active Listening, writing, time management, Individual and group counseling; Mindfulness and Restorative Justice practices; Public speaking; Crisis intervention; Basic computer skills
ABILITIES: Prioritizing, organizing and planning work, communicating with all level of individuals, coaching and developing others, Active listening, strong emotional intelligence; exceptional interpersonal and relationship building/partnering skills. Conflict management and de-escalation. Assume responsibility and ownership for projects, staff, and making critical decisions,
HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;
TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, direct reports, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in person provide guidance and direction to direct reports with others, set and monitor performance standards;
VISION: See details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;
REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;
PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects, sedentary work;
EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, chainsaws;
DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; Use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; May also restrain potentially violent individuals;
VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners;
INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions
ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday starting at 7:45 AM, 30 minutes’ unpaid lunch break,
TRAVEL: Frequent travel to courts & corrections facilities; Professional conferences, workshops, training; field trips; annual staff retreat; and transport participants to appointments as needed or requested
American YouthWorks offers a competitive benefit and leave package including but not limited to:
11 personal days;
8 sick days;
19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
15 holidays, plus 1 floating holiday;
403(b) Retirement Plan with employer contributions;
Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
Employer paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
Employment service awards every 5-years;
AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
EOE: American YouthWorks is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
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