Reentry Director-Workforce Development (Full Time)


Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the Program Director oversees the planning, development and implementation of a reentry program for individuals who have been involved in the justice system. The primary goal is to improve the employment outcomes of individuals by addressing barriers while helping them attain in-demand employment skills through occupational and apprenticeship training to obtain good jobs.


  1. Plan, develop and provide oversight of the Project Steps to Success reentry program.
  2. Administer and monitor program and organizational structure to ensure continual quality and integration of all program components.
  3. Supervise all program services and monitor the program’s progress towards goals - develop plans for corrective action as required.
  4. Recruit and interview candidates for positions within the program and make recommendations on personnel decisions to the Director of Human Resources.
  5. Train, supervise, and monitor program staff and evaluate the job performance of each team member in the program.
  6. Assist program staff with delivery of direct program services, including, but not limited to, workforce readiness training, Thinking for a Change sessions, and job placement services. Maintain a small caseload of students and provide comprehensive support services to them if necessary.
  7. Administer appropriate risk and employability assessments during intake (i.e. TABE)
  8. Develop Individual Service Plans with participants to assess participants' needs and identify available support services and revise Individual Service Plans to reflect changes and coordinate transitional case management services.
  9. Counsel participants on individual and/or group basis as necessary to coach and encourages pro-social behaviors and the development of positive relationships with children, family, and community.
  10. Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs.
  11. Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations - follow-up and monitor referrals.
  12. Establish and maintain rapport with family members, probation or parole officers, and other significant supporters.
  13. Provide follow-up and counseling to participants support retention in employment or training.
  14. 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.
  15. Work collaboratively with the Job Developer to maintain and build Employer Advisory Group to create job and training opportunities for participants and hold quarterly meetings.
  16. Complete records and reports to track and assure successful program outcomes.
  17. Monitor the program budget.
  18. Oversee the preparation and regular submission of all reports necessary for management and funding source to ensure deadlines are met and ensure effective program operations.
  19. Participate in training and orientation as required and approved by the VP Program Planning for effective program operation.
  20. In collaboration with the Program Planning Department, search for funding opportunities and raise program funds from public and private funding sources.
  21. Attend Urban League of Rochester events and fundraising functions.
  22. Perform such duties as the supervisor may assign.


  • 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