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Reentry Supervisor

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) seeks a Reentry Supervisor, a full-time position based in Philadelphia.

YSRP Mission and Strategies:

YSRP seeks to end the imposition, and in the meantime lessen the duration and impact of adult criminal sentences on low-income children and their families. Through work in individual cases and policy advocacy, we work to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. We partner with court-involved youth, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case in an effort to get cases transferred to the juvenile system. We make crucial connections to community resources, providing our client-partners with services that include education, healthcare, housing, and employment. Finally, we work to raise awareness of the issues that face young people in the adult criminal justice system. For more information about YSRP’s history, mission and current initiatives, please visit our website available here.

About the Position:

We are seeking an experienced social worker to lead our Reentry team. This is a full-time, exempt, staff position. The Reentry Supervisor will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • Staff Management:
    • Supervise YSRP’s Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Reentry Coordinator, who works with former juvenile lifers who have returned to Philadelphia and identifies, assesses, and compiles resources with which to connect individual juvenile lifers upon release.
    • Supervise graduate student interns.
    • Serve as a member of YSRP’s leadership team, and participate in management meetings to help shape the direction of YSRP’s service delivery model.
    • Contribute to the fostering of a supportive, collegial culture at YSRP, where staff members support each other and maintain a positive office environment.
    • Work to attract, motivate, develop, and retain excellent staff and volunteers.
  • Case Management:
    • Partner with YSRP Supervising Attorney and criminal defense attorneys representing youth facing charges in the adult criminal justice system to support reentry planning in their cases. Note: this work begins as close to arrest as possible, and continues through any period of incarceration (pre-release). The work includes:   
      • Liaise with legal defense teams (lawyers and mitigation specialists) to create detailed, individualized, and comprehensive reentry plans and ensure they are part of the presentation made to judges and/or the parole board in individual cases of youth tried as adults and juvenile lifers.
      • Provide case management services to youth and juvenile lifers upon their return to the community to ensure healthy connections to existing community resources in areas including housing, education, employment, and healthcare.
  • Community Partnerships:
    • Liaise with organizations that provide reentry support, as well as other, non-reentry-specific services, to men and women returning to the community after decades of incarceration, and to young people returning from either adult or juvenile incarceration settings, including:
      • Housing agencies
      • Schools and education organizations
      • Workforce development/employment training and placement programs
      • Mental and physical health providers
      • Community organizations offering extracurricular activities, and/or volunteer opportunities  
      • Government partners, including the PA Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, and Department of Human Services
    • Update YSRP’s robust and dynamic databases of existing reentry services, including its online tool, the JLWOP Reentry Navigator.
    • Facilitate the JLWOP Reentry Working Group, which is part of the citywide Reentry Coalition managed by the Managing Director’s Office.  YSRP convenes and co-leads the Working Group with the head of the Reentry Coalition.
    • Continue and extend YSRP’s leadership role in the field of juvenile justice.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with leaders and other institutions and groups including, but not limited to, communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities
  • Social work master’s degree preferred  
  • Demonstrated interest in YSRP’s mission and/or experience working with youth and/or returning citizens
  • Direct experience with, and/or directly affected by, the criminal justice system preferred
  • Minimum five years experience working in the field
  • Prior supervisory experience required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, sense of humor, and compassion
  • Outstanding, demonstrated organizational, administrative, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with youth, families and community partners
  • Prior experience on the staff or board of a nonprofit preferred, but not required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multitask, take initiative, and work independently
  • Self-starter and a team player with a pitch-in attitude
  • Proficiency in a language in addition to English a plus

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.  YSRP provides a generous package of employee benefits.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume or curriculum vitae by email to reentrysupervisor@ysrp.org with “Reentry Supervisor Applicant” in the subject line.  Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  No phone calls, please.

All cover letters should include salary requirement, potential start date, and any non-English language skills. Applicants are invited to include a statement about how the applicant’s unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of YSRP’s staff team and service delivery.

We aim to recruit a diverse pool of candidates, particularly individuals of color, and individuals who are formerly incarcerated.

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