The Safer Foundation is a Chicago based not-for-profit organization that is a premier provider of services to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment.
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The Instructional Facilitator position provides a unique opportunity to employ academic training and peer- teaching to our clients in an unstructured and non-traditional environment. This training is holistic in its integration of the practical aspects of academic tasks with interpersonal skills relevant to the work place.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Stimulates scholastic improvement in Safer’s client population
Guides class participants in their efforts to achieve basic competence in mathematics, reading and writing
Subscribes to and utilizes the peer and group learning techniques inherent in Safer`s Basic Skills Methodology
Addresses conflict management, attention span, impulse control, habit formation and other barriers to learning through a vigorous, interactive method of instruction
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of and successful experience teaching the requirements of the High School Equivalency (HSE) curriculum
Ability to, and successful experience, in developing lesson plans
Ability to teach in a non-traditional setting
Exceptional verbal and computational skills
Ability to maintain composure under stress and to employ insight and creativity in interpersonal communication
Ability to work in stressful situations, in a fast-paced environment that experiences frequent short-term changes
Ability to work within the confines of a secured facility
Prior experience working with individuals with criminal records, a plus
The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy, the efforts of people with arrest and conviction records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 45 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.
The situation is even more dire today..., especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job.
When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.