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Reentry Coordinator

Req ID: 6929
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule:
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Reporting to READI Chicago’s Corrections Project Manager, the Reentry Coordinator is responsible for coordinating READI Chicago’s “in-reach,” or engagement with participants and potential participants while they are incarcerated.


This position requires problem-solving, organizational skills, leadership, and experience with direct service, such as case management. The Reentry Coordinator will interact frequently with participants, partner staff, and corrections personnel. This person will be energetic, supportive, proactive, and detail-oriented. The Reentry Coordinator should have experience working with very high risk adults and young adults, preferably in a correctional setting. The Reentry Coordinator should also have experience coordinating a team.


Key Responsibilities and duties:


Coordination and Direct Service at Correctional facilities

READI Chicago in-reach involves engaging with READI participants or potential participants who are incarcerated (examples include Cook County Department of Corrections and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice). The engagement includes recruitment, assessment, case planning, family engagement, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. The purpose of in-reach is to strengthen the (potential) participant’s connection to READI and prepare him for the program so that upon release, he is more likely to start READI and be successful. A team of READI partner staff will also provide in-reach. The Reentry Coordinator will coordinate a variety of logistics related to partner staff in-reach activities in addition to performing direct service alongside them. Specific duties include:

  • Schedule team members visits and assign caseloads

  • Track team member activities, including documentation, visits, calls, assessments, referrals, and outcomes

  • Attend trainings (CBT, case management, etc)

  • Conduct meetings with incarcerated program participants to assess their needs and goals, and to develop individual reentry plans

  • Facilitate individual or group cognitive behavior intervention sessions

  • Promote READI program and partner services to incarcerated individuals that are eligible for READI

  • Serve in coordinating role between correctional staff and READI staff

  • Exhibit the highest level of confidentiality at all times

  • Infuse trauma-informed principles in coordination process with in-reach team and correctional partners



    Reentry Pathway Programmatic Support

    The Reentry Coordinator will also work with the Corrections Project Manager and the READI partner organizations to ensure a smooth hand-off and successful engagement in READI programming after incarcerated (potential) participants are released. Specific duties in this area include:

  • Analyze and act on reentry participant data such as needs assessment responses, take-up, and retention.

  • Work with partner staff on solutions to improve take-up, retention, and case management for reentry participants

  • Compile reentry participant data to send to correctional partners

  • Liaise with Cook County Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Unit regarding requests for movement submitted by outreach workers and participants, and requests for information from Sheriff’s Office

  • Ensure that criminal justice releases of information are signed and collected

  • Solicit and enter referrals from IDOC parole agents

  • Maintain regular communication with READI Chicago Leadership Team regarding participant referral and intake process

  • In collaboration with HA READI Chicago team members, use data to assess performance and modify service provision as needed to achieve the best possible outcomes for program participants

  • Assist in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures which strengthen the READI Chicago program



    Correctional Partnership Development

    The Reentry Coordinator will work with the Corrections Project Manager and other READI Chicago staff to deepen or create new correctional partnerships, such as with Illinois Department of Corrections, Cook County Probation, and Cook County States Attorney’s Office.

  • Support the collection of any necessary information to prepare grant proposals and applications

  • Participate in meetings with (potential) correctional partners

  • Help build out new collaborations with correctional partners




  • Demonstrated commitment to Heartland Alliance’s mission, Philosophy of Care, and READI Chicago’s goals

  • Knowledge of Cook County Jail and Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice systems

  • Bachelor’s degree is desired, however this may be substituted with a H.S. Diploma/GED or Associates Degree along with 3-5 years of relevant experience

  • Experience in mental health, violence prevention, or criminal justice fields

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Comfort working inside correctional institutions

  • Comfort to work with high-risk populations with complex needs

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and activities

  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, and Word

  • Ability to handle responsibility, work independently, and maintain good working relationships with clients, coworkers, and criminal justice system and service providers

  • Ability to travel to CCDOC, IDJJ, program sites, and Loop office

  • Experience leading a team preferred

  • Knowledge of social service providers in Chicago

  • People with lived experience of justice-involvement are encouraged to apply, however Reentry Coordinator must be able to obtain security clearance at CCDOC, so there can be no pending criminal cases, felony convictions within the past 10 years, or CCDOC custody within the past 3 years.


    Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987




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