Director/Senior Mentor Advocate-2nd Chance


Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the 2nd Chance Program Director/Senior Mentor Advocate oversees the planning, development and implementation of the 2nd Chance for Young Fathers Program.  The Director/Senior Mentor Advocate will also maintain a caseload of 10 to 12 young fathers. The program supports the successful and safe transition of young fathers ages 16 to 24 from secure confinement back to their families and the community. The program’s goals are to reduce recidivism, promote responsible fatherhood, and improve education and employment outcomes.




  1. Plan, develop and provide oversight of the 2nd Chance Program.
  2. Design and monitor program and organizational structure to ensure continual quality and integration of all program components.
  3. Develop, build, and maintain strong community support and collaborative program partnerships with community and educational and training organizations; employers; and city, state, county and federal agencies.
  4. Administer program on a daily basis.
  5. Supervise all support services or special projects assigned to the program to ensure that program goals are met.
  6. Assist program staff with delivery of direct program services, including, but not limited to, restorative justice projects, parenting workshops, job readiness training, and Thinking 4 Change sessions. .
  7. Maintain a small caseload of students and provide comprehensive support services to them
  8. Recruit and interview candidates for positions within the program and make recommendations on personnel decisions to the Director of Human Resources.
  9. Supervise program staff and monitor and evaluate the job performance of each team member in the program.
  10. Monitor the program budget.
  11. Monitor the program’s progress towards goals and develop plans for corrective action as required.
  12. Oversee the preparation and regular submission of all reports necessary for management and funding sources.
  13. Complete records and reports to track and assure successful program outcomes.
  14. Maintain and submit required documentation to the VP Program Planning in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met and ensure effective program operation.
  15. Participate in training and orientation as required and approved by the VP Program Planning for effective program operation.
  16. In collaboration with the Program Planning, Research and Evaluation Department, search for funding opportunities and raise program funds from public and private funding sources.
  17. Counsel on individual and/or group basis as necessary to coach and encourages pro-social behaviors and the development of positive relationships with children and family.
  18. Recruit and enroll participants while they are in a correctional facility.
  19. Assess participants' needs and identify available support services
  20. Develop Individual Service Plans with participants, revise Individual Service Plans to reflect changes and coordinate transitional case management services.
  21. Administer appropriate assessments during intake (i.e. Milestone Assessments and TABE)
  22. Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations - follow-up and monitor referrals.
  23. Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs.
  24. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  25. Establish and maintain rapport with family members, probation or parole officers, and other significant supporters.
  26. Maintain mentoring relationship with young fathers within established guidelines.
  27. Provide follow-up and counseling to support retention in employment or training.
  28. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  29. Attend all Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.




  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of education and employment training experience is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field with at least two years of education and employment training experience is preferred.
  • At least three years of demonstrated supervisory ability with experience in organizing and directing programs and/or support services in a community-based setting.
  • Experience managing federal, state, or local grant-funded programs is a plus.
  • At least five years of experience working with families and youth in an urban setting.
  • Experience working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system a plus.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a diverse population and understand the issues relevant to such population.
  • Experience working with community and faith-based organizations.
  • Knowledge of available community resources.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple, competing tasks and demands.
  • Ability to provide own transportation.  Valid New York State Driver’s License with clean abstract.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, when required.
  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel


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