Case Management/Social Services, Employment-Related Services
Title: Correctional Residents Counselor I
Location: Crossroads ATC, North Lawndale ATC
The Safer Foundation is a Chicago based not-for-profit organization that is a premier provider of services to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.
The Correctional Residence Counselor I (CRC-I) is responsible for providing supervision and monitoring to residents of Safer’s Adult Transitional Centers. The position primary responsibility is to maintain constant contact and interact with the residents in order to contribute to their successful reentry, while providing for the physical care and security of both the residents and the center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The CRC-I is a security position that is responsible for the safety and security needs of the residents, staff and visitors at the two all-male residential correctional facilities on Chicago’s Westside.
Direct supervision, monitoring and safety of residents.
Control and custody of residents.
Ensure the safety of all persons and property coming into contact with the centers.
Manage an assigned post or function.
Ensures that the maintenance or other duties assigned to the residents are completed in a timely manner.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work a flexible schedule
One year of work experience
Ability to work mandatory overtime
Must have a valid driver’s license
Excellent interpersonal and people skills
Excellent verbal, reading comprehension and writing skills
Good work ethic
Education and Experience:
High School diploma or GED required.
Previous experience in corrections/law enforcement preferred.
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.