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SoCal Post-Release Program Manager

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Defy Ventures
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Los Angeles, CA

Defy Ventures


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Published 7 days ago

October 26, 2020
$49,920 - $54,000Hourly Rate of $24/hour; with potential overtime of 5 – 10 hours (average) per month; approximate annual salary $49,920 - $54,000, depending on overtime hours

You love engaging with people, focusing on the details, building partnerships, and passionately working to create positive outcomes for the formerly incarcerated. You are comfortable working with populations who have experienced significant trauma and instability in their lives. You’ve led groups and are comfortable creating an inclusive environment and a safe space for sharing, while maintaining professional boundaries. You are adept at keeping discussions constructive and positive, even in challenging situations. You are encouraging and can “roll with resistance.” You strive to build productive relationships both with the people we serve—Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) – and service providers/referral partners. You will be entrusted with your own share of responsibility and will work independently. You will have the support of teammates who look out for you and want you to succeed. This opportunity is ideal for someone with a case management, workforce development or social service background who is comfortable working with diverse populations. This is a full-time position that is based in the Defy Ventures’ Los Angeles (Koreatown) office, with services provided across Southern California.

Responsibilities Duties include:

• Serve as the primary point of contact for EITs who have returned home after incarceration.

• Engage EITs and establish trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of obtaining employment and/or pursuing entrepreneurship

• Provide reentry and employment coaching, barrier removal support and case management to released EITs

• Manage the programmatic implementation of post release operations, logistics, and scheduling for Southern California EITs

• Track and maintain data for progress and outcomes, program participation, and case notes through the Defy case management system

• Provide incarcerated EITs with an overview of Defy’s program(s) and lead occasional workshops on reentry through Defy’s prison-based programming

• Conduct intake and needs assessment meetings with released EITs

• Conduct regular check-ins with EITs to monitor progress towards goals and communicate with referral partners to coordinate engagement with services

• Support mentor/coach relationships between EITs and volunteers in collaboration with the local team

• Assess ongoing needs and create solutions to address those needs for EITs such as 1:1 training or workshops

• Develop and maintain a calendar for post release events

• In coordination with local team, design and execute post-release program events including skillsbased workshops and community building events.

• Provide weekly updates on highlights and monthly summary in written format as part of regular meetings with supervisor.

Work with Defy National team to support survey administration and other data collection efforts.

• With support of the local team, develop employer relationships and employment opportunities for Defy graduates

• Manage referral relationships with other service providers and programs

• Maintain a network of government, training, and placement resources and contacts to enable warm connections

• Develop and maintain relationships with reentry service providers

• Represent Defy to community partners and at community events Requirements

• Knowledge of and relationships with network of relevant community-based service providers, educational, vocational and employment programs is strongly preferred (especially within the Southern California region extending from Los Angeles to San Diego)

• 2 years’ experience working with people criminal histories, experience providing case management and employment services

• Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.

• Ability to follow through and “close the loop”

• Strong verbal communications skills with the ability to interact successfully with a diverse constituency while maintaining a professional demeanor

Superb time management and organizational skills

• Flexibility in regards to deadlines and changing programmatic needs

• Familiarity with databases and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications

• Friendly, confident, empathetic

• Able to receive clearance to visit CDCR prison facilities (CDCR Brown card is a plus)

• Ability to travel as needed (once safe from a public health perspective) to prisons within Southern California (approximately twice monthly)

• Driver’s License and reliable transportation

• Lived experience is a strong plus

Compensation

• Hourly Rate of $24/hour; with potential overtime of 5 – 10 hours (average) per month; approximate annual salary $49,920 - $54,000, depending on overtime hours

• Comprehensive health benefits

• Paid vacation and sick time

About Defy Ventures

Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and personal development training program that recognizes the potential in many formerly and currently incarcerated people to become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) “defy the odds” through our program which includes intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business pitch competitions, and executive mentoring. We build a redemptive, authentic community between EITs and our executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey. Defy Ventures is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with “SoCal Post-Release Program Manager” in the subject line to info@defyventures.org.


You love engaging with people, focusing on the details, building partnerships, and passionately working to create positive outcomes for the formerly incarcerated. You are comfortable working with populations who have experienced…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Comprehensive health benefits

Paid vacation and sick time

Comprehensive health benefits

Paid vacation and sick time

Location

3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1550, Los Angeles, CA 90010

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with “SoCal Post-Release Program Manager” in the subject line to info@defyventures.org.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with “SoCal Post-Release Program Manager” in the subject line to info@defyventures.org.

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