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 Program Manager – Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the Basic Skills and Training Facilitator will provide basic skills, cognitive behavioral interventions, leadership and entrepreneurship training, and financial coaching in group settings to clients in the CHA Transitional Jobs Program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Based on the individual students’ varying needs, abilities and interest, adapt traditional and non-traditional training methods to provide instruction and support in the Basic Skills required to pass the GED exam
Observe and evaluate students’ work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement
Instruct students individually and in groups using current and life events as subject matters for discussion and problem-solving
Prepare materials and classrooms for activities for cognitive behavioral interventions, leadership and entrepreneurship training, and financial coaching
Keep abreast with changes in the marketplace and Safer’s employment process in order to continually update and enhance curriculum, presentations and materials that reflect the current real world of work
Assist clients in the development of a suitable resume, how to engage in a successful interview. Provide individual coaching/mentoring as needed
Participate in regular staffings to be certain that all vital information is exchanged, and, subsequently, used in the development, review and revision of participant’s progress plans
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and 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
Knowledge of and sensitivity to the particular learning needs and employment barriers faced by people with criminal records
Good computer skills and experience with databases and tracking systems
Excellent written and verbal communication; excellent interpersonal skills
Knowledge of/familiarity with non-profits, strongly desired
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.
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.