Job Posting: ReEntry Specialist
REPORTS TO: Director of Reentry Services
REVISION DATE: February 2021
The Reentry Specialist will be an important addition to Broad Street Ministry’s growing Reentry Services team throughout 2021, reporting to the Director of Reentry Services. This is a full-time, on-site position, funded through a grant term of one year.
The scope of the Reentry Specialist position will focus on engaging and working with individuals experiencing deep poverty, housing and food insecurity, behavioral health challenges, and barriers associated with a criminal record or incarceration. Additionally, the Reentry Specialist will support the ongoing development of the reentry program. Working closely with our general case management team, the Reentry Specialist will work towards building trusting relationships with guests; conduct intakes and assessments to identify appropriate referrals; facilitate regular contact with guests to maximize retention and outcomes.
Knowledge of the criminal legal system and reentry resources in Philadelphia is strongly preferred. We especially encourage persons with lived experience to apply in order to center the voices of those directly impacted by mass incarceration and the criminal legal system.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Build trusting relationships with guests and incarcerated individuals approaching their release date to promote access to services and continuity of care.
- Assess goals and needs of guests to develop collaborative and effective service plans and referrals for services not available in-house.
- Support guests through the logistical, administrative, systemic, economic and emotional barriers to accessing material stability, benefits, medical and behavioral health management, as well as full participation in civic and community life.
- Provide technical support to concierges, interns and volunteer mentors regarding resources and systems affecting returning citizens; supporting other BSM staff working with individuals or families (with and without minors).
- Read and respond to correspondence from prisoners, prison staff and partner providers.
- Track guest outcomes and progress in BSM’s case management database.
- Support facilitation of groups and special events on-site and externally as needed, representing Broad Street Ministry and its reentry team.
- Coordinate with partner providers to ensure effective service for participating guests.
- Maintain positive relationships with all of Broad Street Ministry’s departments and familiarity with how guests can access their services.
- Participate in internal departmental meetings and relevant service provider groups, advocacy coalitions, and city policy workgroups to build BSM’s capacity to influence conversations around policies and reforms.
- Adhere to all BSM’s policies, including strict adherence to health and safety policies to reduce the risk and spread of Covid-19 in a congregant setting.
- Additional duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
- A minimum of 2 years of experience working in direct service for people who have been recently released from incarceration, and/or equivalent experience working with individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration and the criminal legal system.
- Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries, while demonstrating empathetic and persuasive communications skills that include sending and receiving messages.
- A commitment to supporting and learning from formerly incarcerated individuals in a trauma-informed, respectful, and person-centered approach.
- Commitment to improving the experience of transition from incarceration for individuals, as well as policies affecting these experiences.
- Demonstrates commitment to supporting a learning culture and the ability to problem solve applying innovative and creative thinking, adaptability, initiative, and resilience.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse populations; remain calm in high stress and emergent situations; and be affirming to the identities of all individuals.
- Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail and follow through.
- Consistent work ethic and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficiency in the use of basic office equipment and computer technology including Microsoft Office Suites, G-Suites, and/or database programs is preferred.
- Intermediate training and/or experience in supervising others and overseeing projects is preferred.
The mission of Broad Street Ministry is to transform our city, our institutions, and ourselves by embracing the individual needs of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers, and by embracing radical hospitality. We believe that the only way to achieve that mission is to have a diverse staff that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.
Broad Street Ministry does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, criminal record, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Broad Street Ministry believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff is critical to our success as a community services organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
This is a grant funded position for the duration of 12 months. This position is located at Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad Street. The successful candidate will receive a competitive compensation package that includes: medical, dental, and vision, 401(k) retirement plan, paid holidays and PTO.
To apply for this position, please send your resume, salary requirements, and a cover letter to: email@example.com. Include “Reentry Specialist” in the subject line of your email.