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Delaware Center for Justice, Inc.


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September 11, 2020

The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) is seeking 3 full-time Peer Specialists for its Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP). The Peer Specialist will provide needed transportation and direct community support to reentrants being released or newly released from Delaware Department of Corrections Level 4 & Level 5 facilities. Peer Specialists will be located in New Castle County and in Kent/Sussex Counties. 

About the Community Reintegration Services Program

The Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP) provides case management support and other crucial services that foster successful reentry among individuals exiting prison who are currently on probation. Services that DCJ assists the client in coordinating include housing support, job search assistance, identification acquisition, educational/vocational placement, life skills and social support, and family reintegration.

CRSP’s transition team collaborates with the Delaware Department of Correction to create individualized discharge plans that facilitate seamless transition to the community in the first 90 days following release and laying the foundation for successful long-term reentry.

 

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties will include-

·      Partner with Case Managers to support the provision of reentry services.

·      Maintain regular contact with Case Managers regarding service coordination and attend regular Case Conference meetings to discuss client needs or concerns.

·      Provide needed transportation to reentrants using DCJ vehicle. The transportation destinations may include, but are not limited to: providing transport upon release to predetermined residence or inpatient treatment; transport to Probation & Parole as needed; mental health and medical appointments; job interviews; Delaware Treatment Access Center (TASC); sex offender treatment; Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) appointments (on the day of release and follow-up).

·      Establish a peer relationship with participants that support client’s hope for the future and successful participation in the reentry transition.

·      Be a role model and promotes participant self-advocacy.  

·      Complete thorough documentation of services provided using Transportation Log and Contact Log.

·      Maintain regular contact with program participants to support engagement in services.

·      Maintain safe driving record and attend Defensive Driving training as requested.

·      Guide reentrants through a successful reentry transition by providing direct social support; attend activities as requested such as AA/NA meetings or community appointments

·      Assist participants with Workforce Development by providing hands-on life skills building, such as tools to navigate the job market with a criminal background and interview preparation.

·      Adhere to flexible schedule to allow for evening/weekend hours to support client needs. Participate in rotating 24/7 “On-Call” schedule to support unplanned/unexpected releases and needs.

·      Provide emotional support and assist participants with navigating the challenges and successes of their reentry transition.

·      Attend relevant programmatic trainings as requested.

·      Collaborate with participants to create long-term reentry plans and personal goals, such as gaining employment, enrolling in education, financial freedom, long-term-housing, and family reunification.

  

Qualifications 

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

o  Staff serving in this capacity will have been previously involved in the legal system with at least one year since discharge from community supervision, and if recovering, have a minimum of one (1) year sobriety.

o  Must have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and good sense of humor.

o  Must express a basic belief that people can change in positive ways.

o  Documented history of work experience involving at-risk service areas, such as justice-involved people, homelessness, behavioral health, and impoverished communities. 

o  Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and writing skills are essential.

o  Ability to motivate and establish therapeutic alliance with clients.

o  Computer literacy required (ability to compose and send emails, draft client case notes, use an internet-based database system, compose documents in Microsoft Word, and perform basic internet research)

o  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

o  Ability to multi-task and effectively manage work at different sites (in-office and off-site).

o  Must have a valid Delaware Driver’s License.

The Delaware Center for Justice (DCJ) is seeking 3 full-time Peer Specialists for its Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP). The Peer Specialist will provide needed transportation and direct community support to reentrants…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

This position is offered as a full-time exempt position (37.5 hours per week). DCJ offers a competitive package of employment benefits including health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance. DCJ offers free parking and reimburses staff for on-the-job vehicle mileage.  

This position is offered as a full-time exempt position (37.5 hours per week). DCJ offers a competitive package of employment benefits including health insurance, life insurance…

Location

Wilmington, DE

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (providing available start date) and resume to Jessica Alicea at jalicea@dcjustice.org. Please write Peer Specialist in subject line of email and indicate location preference. No fax or mail applications, please. Applications must be submitted by September 11. 

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (providing available start date) and resume to Jessica Alicea at jalicea@dcjustice.org. Please write Peer Specialist in…

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