Training Facilitator-ACE Opportunity|
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 Saferís 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 behavioral interventions, leadership and entrepreneurship training for The DOL Intermediary Grant Program Ė 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 Saferís 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 participantsí 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 agencyís database and tracking systems
A valid driverís license is required
Access to a (reliable) automobile is required for travel as necessary to carry out responsibilities
Education and Experience:
Bachelorís 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 drug-free workplace.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Veterans
No Phone Calls Please
About Safer Foundation
Safer's mission is to reduce recidivism by supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community.
Adding contributing family members...
and positive role models back into our communities helps strengthen neighborhoods and tackle a pillar of poverty often overlooked. With its focused approach to providing employment assistance to people with criminal records, Safer Foundation has a long history of helping reduce recidivism in Illinois. When they achieve gainful employment, our clients have a recidivism rate of just 13 percent, a considerable drop from the statewide average of 52 percent.
By keeping people from returning to prison...
Safer Foundation provides considerable relief to the stateís economy, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Illinois pays over $22,000 per year to incarcerate each inmate. When our clients find employment, they no longer become a drain on the economy and instead become valuable contributors. With over 2,700 job starts in 2009, Safer Foundation saved the state more than $59 million. For over three decades now, Safer Foundation has been at the forefront of prisoner reentry. We look forward to expanding our offerings to those who need us most.
A Consistent Advocate
Safer Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began providing employment, educational, and supportive services for individuals with criminal records in 1972. With headquarters in Chicago, Safer Foundationís staff of nearly 350 assists clients in 20 facilities throughout Illinois and eastern Iowa.
Aside from the stigma of a criminal record, Saferís clients face additional barriers to employment, such as lack of education, substance abuse issues and little experience in the work world. At the same time, communities face sizable increases in the number of returning individuals with approximately 600,000 people being released from U.S. prisons annually.
Safer Foundationís primary focus remains on finding gainful employment for its clients. However, Safer has expanded its offerings over the past three decades to include additional programs and services, such as housing, substance abuse treatment, education and life skills.
In 1976, Safer Foundation expanded service delivery into Rock Island, Ill., in response to the need for services in that area of the state. In 1978, Governor Robert Ray of Iowa personally invited Safer to deliver services to Iowa parolees and probationers in Davenport when he realized many were seeking Saferís services across the border in Illinois.
That same year, Safer Foundation agreed to operate and administer a 60-bed residential work release facility on behalf of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Today, Safer Foundation -- the only non-profit private organization to manage adult transition centers for IDOC -- provides secure oversight and services to over 500 males in two residential facilities located on the west side of Chicago.
The purpose of these centers is to give individuals nearing release from Illinois supervision the support and services necessary to re-establish ties to family, employment, and community.
Safer Foundation also established a Public Policy and Advocacy Program to supplement direct client services. This initiative strives to identify and reduce the systematic barriers to employment through broad-based coalition building and advocacy.
For nearly 40 years, Safer Foundation has attracted a broad base of funder support from individuals, private foundations and the public sector. Safer also receives numerous requests from international, national, state and local government officials seeking Saferís expertise regarding policies and programs that promote successful reentry.
As it looks to enter its fifth decade of existence, Safer continues to strive for reduced recidivism rates, increased public safety, and an enhanced likelihood of crime-free self-sufficiency for its clients and their families.
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