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Program Specialist

The Fortune Society


Title: Program Specialist
Unit: ICAN
Reports to: Community Operations Supervisor
Status: Full Time; Regular; Non-Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: Long Island City
Days/Hours: 5 days/35 hours a week, which may include weekends and/or evenings
Date Prepared: May 5, 2017

Position Summary:
The I-CAN Mentoring Project, a component of The Fortune Society’s “Individualized Correction Achievement Network” (I-CAN) Department, will target individuals serving time at the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) City jails on Rikers Island. These individuals enroll and participate in I-CAN services while at Rikers and then upon their release, transition into the Community Program. The Mentoring Project will help address unique challenges experienced by participants and strengthen a successful reentry by incorporating a Mentor/Mentee relationship as part of their overall program service discharge plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide support in all aspects of the mentoring program, including recruiting, screening, training, matching and supervision;
• Working closely with other program staff to encourage that Mentees become involved in mentoring, and connecting the mentoring component with other program services, such as job training and placement;
• Helping participants and mentors develop positive and supportive relationships;
• Supporting mentoring retention efforts by consistently monitoring the matches;
• Provide assistants in the planning and implementation of group activities, celebration ceremonies and other events related to the mentoring component;
• Assisting in marketing the program, including speaking in front of groups to recruit mentors or to obtain additional program resources;
• Provide administrative and clerical support for the program; and
• Other duties as assigned.

• High school diploma or GED/HSE required; Bachelor’s degree and experience in relevant field a plus;
• Ability to obtain correctional facility clearance and work within the constraints of facility guidelines which can include lock downs, screening of personal items including food and clothing restrictions, which can be changed at the discretion of the Department of Corrections;
• Willingness to comply with NYCDOC search and seizure policy;
• A commitment to working with formerly incarcerated and an understanding of the potential value of mentoring for this population;
• Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and the expertise to help mentors and mentees address and overcome problems and build trusting relationships;
• Presentation skills, including ease with giving recruitment presentations in small- and large-group settings; assisting with, and sometimes providing, trainings for mentors; and, for programs with group mentoring, facilitating those sessions;
• Strong keen aptitude with basic computer applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel;
• Administrative and organizational skills, including the ability to maintain orderly records and files, track and keep appointments and respond promptly to phone messages and emails;
• A positive and flexible personality, contributing to the ability to work well with other program staff and respond calmly and thoughtfully to the many ups and downs involved in running a mentoring program; and
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.

Travel Requirements – Travel between Harlem offices as needed.

Physical Demands:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


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Posted on 05/11/17; CVMHA ID #11001