The Reentry Specialist advises and assists paroled Huntsville Center/Lee College (HCLC) students with transition related needs including post-secondary enrollment and/or transfer services and workforce placement. In addition, the position will work with outside agencies to assist students in meeting personnel needs such as housing.
$52,159 - $59,984
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Work with diverse, under-served populations.
- Develop relationships with industry and business partners to establish and sustain a viable job placement network for paroled Lee College students.
- Establish partnerships with community colleges, job training centers, and local workforce boards to assist
HCLC students with workforce training and job placement.
- In collaboration with business and industry partners, develop and administer a portfolio of internships, on-the-job training opportunities, apprenticeships, and other work-based-learning opportunities that are appropriate for transitioning HCLC students.
- Establish relationships with local Social Services entities, faith-based organizations, and private organizations to provide resources to transitioning HCLC students.
- Assist the Director with the mentoring program for paroled HCLC students.
- Work with Huntsville center staff to increase wrap-around services for all students and ensure that the specific needs of minority and under-served populations are met.
- Assist the Director with data analysis as needed
- Participate in evening and weekend special events and activities
- Assist in the organization and facilitation of employer network meetings
- Assist the Director with alumni networking email, phone calls, social media, and alumni events
- Assist the Director with preparing and delivering the Reentry Course to HCLC students
- Record, track, and report performance measures and deliverables to the Director quarterly including but not limited to: Alumni job placement, number of unduplicated alumni served, and the number and type of referrals made for Alumni; prepare data-driven recommendations for continuous program improvement
- Research reentry resources such as felony-friendly employers, colleges, programs, best practices, mentorships, etc.
- Answer student mail
- Assist the Director in the development and distribution of promotional materials
- Assist the Director in implementing goals for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
- Assist the Director with Various Reentry Services projects
- Work effectively with both internal and external partners is essential
- Build and maintain key relationships with college staff/instructors, and community resources
- Network with transfer institutions and align services to improve student ease with transfer
Additional Duties & Responsibilities
- Participate in professional development activities and training as required
- Travel as required for attending conferences, job fairs, prison tours, employer visits, parolee home visits, partner/networking visits, and professional development
- Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in a related field
- Three (3) years of experience working with offenders or a similar population
- Three (3) years of experience in higher education especially regarding issues related to transfer and articulation, low-income, first-generation, and under-served college populations
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Positive attitude about work, ability to motivate and empower students
- Proficiency working in Microsoft Office Suite and other applicable software, and the ability to successfully navigate the Internet
- Experience working with a student information system such as PeopleSoft (preferred)
- Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Must be able to travel daily: This position requires frequent travel between work sites, as well as travel to conferences, workshops, and training opportunities
- Candidate must pass a criminal background check by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
- Bachelor's (or higher) in Social Work, Higher Education Advising/Counseling