Mentor Advocate-2nd Chance


DESCRIPTION

Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the 2nd Chance Program Mentor Advocate will maintain a caseload of 20 to 25 young fathers ages 16 to 24 who are in secure confinement and will be transitioning to their families and the community. The Mentor Advocate will recruit and orient young fathers, conduct one-on-one mentoring sessions, conduct Thinking 4 Change group sessions and parenting session, make referrals to appropriate support services, collaborate with other program staff to provide comprehensive services, and maintain necessary documentation.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  1. 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.
  2. Recruit and enroll participants while they are in a correctional facility.
  3. Assess participants' needs and identify available support services
  4. Develop Individual Service Plans with participants, revise Individual Service Plans to reflect changes and coordinate transitional case management services.
  5. Administer appropriate assessments during intake (i.e. Milestone Assessments and TABE)
  6. Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations - follow-up and monitor referrals.
  7. Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs.
  8. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  9. Establish and maintain rapport with family members, probation or parole officers, and other significant supporters.
  10. Maintain mentoring relationship with young fathers within established guidelines.
  11. Provide follow-up and counseling to support retention in employment or training.
  12. Keep current, accurate and complete records for each case; Submit program information to the Director in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met.
  13. Participate in training and orientation.
  14. Conduct "Thinking for a Change" and parenting workshops.
  15. Serve as the point person for scheduling and coordinating in-facility activities.
  16.  Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and may be required by any agreement between the Urban League and partner organizations.
  17. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.
  18. Attend Urban League of Rochester events and fund raising functions.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, education or related social science required.
  • At least two year of experience in in a related field working with youth and/or and families in an urban setting.
  • Ability to relate to and work with a diverse population and understand the issues relevant to such population.
  • Experience working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system a plus
  • Experience working with community 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.