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Reentry Specialist
Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding areas

Position Description
Reporting to the Reentry Manager, the Reentry Specialist will have significant responsibility assisting RISE program participants with navigating community resources and services as they reestablish their lives in communities across the state.

The Reentry Specialist will provide guidance and support to RISE program graduates returning to communities after incarceration and/or experiencing barriers after being released. This includes administering needs assessments, reviewing reentry and personal action plans, employment and housing search assistance, accessing wrap-around services in communities, conducting wellness check-ins, facilitating classes, employment verifications and other case management needs. The Reentry Specialist will work closely with the entire RISE Team to encourage and empower program participants to become successful members of their families and communities. 

Please note this position requires reimbursable travel and a reliable source of transportation is needed.

About RISE
RISE is the largest nonprofit organization in Nebraska focused solely on habilitative programming in prisons and reentry support. At RISE, transformation starts pre-release and continues post-release. Our inside/out model bridges incarceration to the community and considers all the critical steps in that journey. We prepare and train people for each phase through intensive character development, employment readiness, job creation through entrepreneurship, family programming and case management. We transform people in the community by building awareness and empathy that leads to support and opportunity.  These connections heal families, create employment pathways and lower recidivism. The mission of RISE is to break generational cycles of incarceration.

Responsibilities

  • The Reentry Specialist will have the passion, knowledge and experience to implement and help grow the reentry team through peer support and case management for program graduates.  
  • Administer post-release needs assessments to determine services and programmatic needs of reentering participants. Identify and refer participants to community resources including housing, wrap around services for mental health and substance use treatment, public benefits, healthcare, etc.
  • Review reentry plans to develop realistic goals and personal action plans to ensure successful reintegration and addressing the five (5) keys to reentry well-being: healthy thinking patterns, meaningful work trajectories, effective coping strategies, positive social engagement, and positive relationships. 
  • Assist program participants with obtaining and completing forms and documents necessary for transition (i.e. transcripts, birth certificates, state identification, social security cards) and navigate challenges that having a criminal background will present (i.e. employment, housing, transportation). 
  • Serve as a liaison between program participants, community organizations (i.e. transitional living facilities, parole officer) and family to ensure networks of support are communicating. Coordination will provide the best opportunity for success and lower the chance of recidivism. 
  • Build partnerships, utilize existing partnerships and serve as a liaison to other organizations and employers working on reentry efforts. 
  • Communicate with program participants to do wellness check-ins and progress updates on reentry and personal action plans. 
  • Facilitate classes focused on skills and topics necessary for successful re-entry (i.e. computer & internet basics, social media use, mindfulness, setting up banking accounts, etc). 
  • Collect and maintain accurate records in our database to monitor the progress of program participants which include case notes on well-being check-ins, reentry and personal action plans, milestone achievements, attendance records, class progress and employment verification. 
  • Participate in staff meetings to coordinate information on participants’ release/parole dates, needs, and updates to the progress and well-being of participants.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED required, Associates Degree preferred with coursework in Social Sciences, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology or related field
  • Certified peer support specialist preferred
  • Combination of training, education, or lived experience working/participating in a program or organization serving individuals who are system impacted
  • Knowledge and/or experience of jail/prison environment and knowledge of the criminal justice system preferred
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Scrappy, adaptable, entrepreneurial and innovative
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

 


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