Case Manager - ACE/West Side & South Holland 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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There are three (3) positions each located in the West Side of Chicago and South Holland, IL
The Case Manager conducts client intake assessments, provides case management and job coaching. As necessary, he/she will also provide employment readiness training. Clients found to be job-ready are matched with employment opportunities that fit their skills and abilities. The Case Manager is also responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with area employers and encouraging the hiring of Saferís clients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Complete intake assessment and determine job readiness.
Provide each assigned client counseling and coaching as needed.
Identify and recruit employers that offer quality jobs and successfully sell them on the benefits of hiring employees through Safer.
Act as liaison between employer and client and assist in resolving problems when called upon to intervene.
Enter and track client information using Saferís in-house database system
Complete all paperwork and contractual requirements accurately, completely and on time.
All Safer standards are adhered to, including productivity standards.
Safer is effectively represented in the community.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to analyze assessment data to plan appropriate intervention.
Skilled in motivational interviewing and active listening including the ability to establish rapport and persuade others.
Knowledge of criminal justice system and area/community resources that can benefit Saferís clients.
Knowledge of local labor market and trends in hiring and job search techniques including on-line searches, job boards, composing resumes, etc.
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and databases.
Education and Experience:
Bachelorís Degree or equivalent experience; prior job development experience helpful
Three yearsí successful experience working with individuals with criminal records
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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