Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program
Who We Are
Second Chance is a place where justice involved San Diegans go to find hope, purpose and opportunity.
Offering eight evidence-based programs, each staffed by a dedicated team of caring professionals,
Second Chance is regarded throughout the greater San Diego area as a leader in helping formerly
incarcerated and justice involved citizens successfully reintegrate into society.
What We Do
Second Chance helps hundreds of formerly incarcerated youth and adults receive the services they need
to find a better path through job readiness training, case management, counseling, and transitional
housing programs. We are dedicated to our mission of “disrupting the cycles of incarceration and
poverty to help people find their way to self-sufficiency.”
We believe that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for
themselves, their family, and their communities. This is achieved by living our CARES values.
The Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program (YORP) uses evidence-based curricula and cognitive
behavioral training and interventions to aid incarcerated youth. The program is designed to meet the
needs of the county’s most severe and chronic juvenile offenders.
Who We’re Looking For
Sr. Program Manager, YORP, Full Time
We’re looking for smart, compassionate, and resourceful change-agents with a passion for inspiring
others to better themselves. To be successful, you’ll have to be a loyal and dedicated critical thinker; a
creative problem solver who doesn’t shy away from challenges and takes pride in everything you do.
You believe anything worth doing is worth doing right, every single time. If you don’t know the answer,
you’ll dig to find it. You love people. You enjoy leading others. You value diversity and embrace change.
The Sr. Program Manager, YORP, reports to the Sr. Program Director . This role is responsible for the
day to day operations and supervisory aspects of the Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program. This
includes coordination and oversight of the case management, counseling, vocational, and psycho-
The Sr. Program Manager, YORP has responsibility for the day to day program operations at the County
of San Diego Probation Department’s Juvenile Detention Facilities: Kearny Mesa and East Mesa and
program operations in the community unit. This position requires incumbent to make independent and
discretionary decisions and to work independently and with minimal supervision and guidance. This
position is responsible for a wide range of activities to include but are not limited to:
- Serving as the designated point person responsible for overseeing the programming for the
Rehabilitation Program’s counseling, psycho-educational, vocational, educational, and
employment services staff and subcontractors.
- Developing and planning future activities in coordination and with approval of the Director of
- Maintaining status of relationships with collaborative partners; ongoing needs for effective
delivery of services; and, overall operation of the programs.
- Assisting with the establishing, tracking, and reporting of measurable goals for the programs.
- Providing weekly supervision meetings and training with all program staff.
- Supporting and guiding staff on a multi-systemic approach to case management focused on
- Providing administrative supervision of program staff in individual and group meetings as
needed. Providing written follow-up and/or documentation of these meetings as needed or
- Guiding rehabilitation counselors in crisis intervention services.
- Ensuring all staff maintain accurate and timely client records as required by County of San Diego,
- Ensuring contractual obligations for client contacts, monitoring program budget, overseeing the
offering of community based workshops, developing curriculum, and supporting youth as well as
staff to meet transitional outcomes for successful re-entry into the community.
- Ensuring that the ongoing and daily activities of the program are being implemented in
collaboration and cooperation with Probation Department Staff.
- Practices counseling and facilitates work according to federal and state laws, governing licensing
or certification board’s regulations, and profession’s code of ethics.
- Engage in leadership activities such as attending organizational managers’ meetings, and
submitting regular program reports to the Board.
What Skills Do You Need?
This is challenging work. A positive “can do” spirit is a must. Skills for this specific role include:
- Experience effectively leading and managing teams.
- Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and exercise responsible judgment.
- Familiar with the program population.
- Excellent interpersonal communication, listening, counseling and facilitation skills.
- Attention to detail and accuracy in verbal and written communications.
- Sound judgement; critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Organized and ability to manage time and priorities.
- Collaborative leader, team player with the ability to build strong relationships while being
cordial, respectful, and professional with all staff, participants, partners, volunteers, interns and
- Resourcefulness, initiative, reliability, commitment and willingness to follow direction.
- Culturally competent and inclusive.
- Must be computer literate (proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)
- Three (3) years of specialized experience in providing counseling, social or education services for
high risk youth or young adults.
- One (1) year of cross-disciplinary team experience.
- One (1) year of experience assisting with drafting and monitoring program budgets
- One (1) year of experience with re-entry of justice involved adults and /or youth.
- One (1) year of experience conducting risk need assessments, individual and group counseling.
• Two (2) years’ experience updating and managing participant data in a data management
- Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing, restorative practices and CBT practices.
• Must have knowledge of and experience with juvenile justice and/or criminal justice systems,
• Must be able to work occasional evenings.
- Must be able to speak, read, and write in English.
- Required to have a valid driver’s license and properly registered and insured motor vehicle
- Meet and pass background and security clearance guidelines for facility access:
o Criminal background clearance through the State of California Department of Justice
(DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
o Additional background clearance required by San Diego County jails
o Driving record through the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Drug Testing
- Must maintain a valid and active TB Test and CPR/First Aid Certification
• State-Licensed as a Mental Health Professional (or eligible to obtain within a 1 year).
• One (1) year of administrative experience that included the supervision of paid clinical personnel
- Bilingual in English and Spanish languages.
- Not-for-profit experience.
- Master’s degree in counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, human services,
psychology, sociology, criminal justice or other related field
What We Offer
Purpose. Many places will offer you a job. At Second Chance you will change lives. Our work is that
rewarding. It is what makes our employees stay and others return.
Job salary and benefits…
- This position is exempt, full-time, 40 hours/week. The rate of pay is $ 60-65K/DOE per year.
- Employer paid medical and life insurance for employees
- Vacation and Sick Leave benefits
- Paid Training and more!
If you are seeking a rewarding career where you can make a meaningful difference alongside a world-
class team, then Second Chance wants you. Join us.
We’re committed to giving justice-involved individuals a Second Chance.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with a list of three professional references with “Sr.
Program Manager YORP, in the subject line to [email protected]
Second Chance Program, an equal opportunity employer, values the diversity of our workforce and the knowledge of our people.
Second Chance Program will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
ancestry, sex/gender, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Auxiliary
aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.