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.
General Summary: Safer Foundation is seeking a qualified individual capable of providing leadership, oversight, performance management and data analyses within the development and execution of technical assistance projects. In particular, the Project Administrator will develop the Economic Mobility through 2nd Chance Hiring project. The purpose of the Economic Mobility through 2nd Chance Hiring project is to seek to utilize focused employment strategies to assist the banking industry to be more inclusive when considering hiring people with arrest and correction records in the financial services labor market and thereby help the banking industry fill critical positions in branch banking, operations and other areas which typically experience higher turnover and demand. The project will result in development of a 2nd Chance Hiring Toolkit and change management materials designed to facilitate sourcing and hiring effectiveness for the banking industry when targeting people with arrest and conviction records.
*This is an 18-month position to be continued based on further funding.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee a case study and evaluative review based on the 2nd Chance Hiring Pilot Project
Oversee process mapping and documentation of hiring and legal service practices
Oversee the design and development of a best practice 2nd Chance Hiring toolkit for the banking industry and workforce services organizations
Oversee the development of technical assistance/change management materials and/or webinar based on the pilot and best practices, to assist in roll-out of 2nd Chance Hiring protocol for interested banking or workforce service organizations
Oversee the development and implementation of surveys and analytical projects
Provide direction in the implementation of project tasks, processes and analysis for key research studies and initiatives towards pilot program
Support key project components and coordinating with team members, appropriate personnel, and/or consultants in a timely and clear fashion.
Collaborate with Research Analyst and directors to define project goals, research design and deliverables
Support research functions and initiatives by providing project analysis, including coordination, progress analysis, and support activities
Contribute towards the development of data analysis protocols and collaborate within in-depth data analytic analyses with quantitative and/or qualitative methods
Create data visualizations, executive summaries, and other deliverables that interpret and disseminate outcomes and key findings towards the development of the pilot program and 2nd Chance Hiring toolkit
Provides research and data analysis-related technical assistance to partner organizations, assisting in understanding and developing best hiring practices for the financial sector
Coordinates analytical tasks for assignments and meets schedule requirements for the work
Merges and verifies data files, checks data for consistency
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in public policy, public administration, or social sciences with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in project administration, research and analysis. Preference for candidates knowledgeable in the fields of criminal justice.
Works well in a team environment. A high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential information. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy.
At least five years of experience in a qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Experience in participatory research is preferred.
Experience with and/or sound understanding of development and management of organization-wide monitoring and evaluation systems preferred.
Strong quantitative or mixed-method and analytical skills and ability to concisely articulate information effectively to both non-technical and technical audiences.
Outstanding analytical and strategic thinking capacity and skills.
MS Office, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet software, E-mail, Salesforce, Database software, proficiency in statistical software (SPSS, SAS), and training others in its use.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
Ability to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
Ability to be thorough, detailed follow-through, and excellent organization.
Must display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments effectively.
About Safer Foundation
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, especially 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.