Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Job Posting - Re-entry Specialist

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) is looking to fill the position of Reentry Specialist.

Interested candidates must follow the directions on the attached posting. Deadline is April 10, 2015.

Reentry Specialist
Philadelphia, PA

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) utilizes direct services and partnerships with other agencies to assist the formerly incarcerated in their reintegration back into the community.
By providing direct services to returning citizens, RISE hopes to prepare them for life after incarceration. Through education and workforce based training models, we are able to assist each participant by helping them address their barriers, so they can become successful, law abiding citizens.

Through recent funding via the Second Chance Act (SCA), The Adult Reentry Demonstration Program will be implemented by The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE), and will demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and recidivism-reduction potential of shifting RISE’s focus from low-risk to higher-risk offenders.  The project will serve 105 men, ages 18-40, released from the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) to North Philadelphia (target area), which is one of the most crime-ridden and blighted areas of the City where the rate of poverty is nearly twice the citywide rate.  The project will utilize a multi-discipline, multi-sector Reentry Task Force to guide a robust planning phase and implementation of pre- and post-release services designed to support seamless, coordinated, and successful reentry.

RISE currently seeks a dynamic individual for this Adult Reentry Demonstration project to assume the role of a Reentry Specialist.  The position has tremendous impacts on the ability to align service providers with the clients served in our Demonstration Grant. This key personnel position will be the liaison for Philadelphia Prison System Caseworkers and Training Facilitators. 

This is a full-time, grant funded position through Fall of 2016.
Salary: $35,000

Job Description:
The Reentry Specialist will work closely with the Case Manager to identify participant needs and find community resources to meet the identified needs. The Reentry Specialist will work with several multi-sector wraparound providers on topics including education, life skills, housing, legal services and transpiration among many others.

Additional duties for this position include the following:

·         Spend time in the community working with existing providers, and identifying new providers.
·         Reentry Specialist will work directly with Employment contractor to ensure clients who participate in the SCA Grant will become gainfully employed.
·         Reentry Specialist will also work directly with a Peer Forensic Specialist provided by the Department of Behavioral Health.
·         Reentry Specialist will report all activities to the Grant Manager of the SCA Grant

·         The Reentry Specialist will have 3-5 years of directly related experience, including case work with reentry populations and knowledge of project stakeholders.
·         The Reentry Specialist will have working knowledge of psychology practices, conflict resolution, and trauma related training.
·         Reentry Specialist will demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills.
·         The Reentry Specialist will accompany clients who are assessed and identified as individuals who will receive Outpatient Services for Drug and Alcohol.
·         The Reentry Specialist will work with the Social Workers from the Philadelphia Prison System to recruit inmates to participate in the SCA Grant Program.

We are looking to fill this position quickly. Deadline for submissions is April  10, 2015

Cover letters and resumes should be submitted as attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF formats, and emailed to  Please put in the subject line of your email “SCA Reentry Specialist Position.”

Mailed applications or failure to follow submission instructions will result in a denial of the application. No phone calls or employment agencies please.

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