About Us

Working with men returning home from prison who are at the highest risk of re-arrest, Turning Leaf combines behavioral therapy, one-on-one counseling, on-site transitional employment, and job placement to offer a proven model of prison reentry with an 80% success rate. We’re small – six staff total – but we have big plans. We currently operate in Charleston, SC with the plan of expanding to two additional South Carolina cities and growing to a staff of twenty-three over the next three years.

The atmosphere is laid back and casual, but there is an expectation of high performance. We take training and continuous improvement seriously and are always looking for opportunities to get better. We embrace change. Things don’t stay the same around here for very long.

Current Openings

We are currently hiring four positions for our Columbia, SC location; Program Manager, Classroom Facilitator, Peer Specialist, and Center Coordinator. All postings are listed below. Applications should be submitted through email. No phone calls please.

Email a cover letter and resume with the subject line Columbia and the job title you are interested in to khuey@turningleafproject.com

Position Title

Program Manager

The Opportunity 

Turning Leaf is hiring a Program Manager for our new location which will open in Columbia, SC in October 2021. Three months of hands-on training will take place at our Charleston office prior to program launch. This key position is responsible for supervising the clinical aspects of the program, including daily cognitive behavioral group classes, individualized case management, and in-house training in the program’s screen-printing business. The Columbia-based Program Manager will work in close coordination with the Charleston-based Program Manager, as well as supervise the Classroom Facilitator and Peer Specialist. The position reports to the Executive Director. 

What You’ll Be Responsible For

Program Delivery

  • Work directly with program participants (referred to as “students”) to address a wide of variety of needs and behavioral challenges.
  • Train and provide daily guidance and feedback to the Classroom Facilitator, Print Shop Manager, and Peer Specialist in their delivery of therapeutic and supportive services.
  • Conduct intake assessments, orientation, and onboarding new students.
  • Facilitate CBT classes when needed and monitor classes for quality and adherence to program guidelines.
  • Coordinate and run weekly meeting(s) between all program staff to ensure cohesive delivery of therapeutic services.
  • Monitor program enrollment and capacity to determine new student recruitment strategies.
  • Ensure accurate and timely data entry as it relates to student needs, participation, and outcomes.

Job Development

  • Assist students with locating educational, vocational, and permanent employment opportunities.
  • In coordination with the Center Coordinator, serve as a point of contact for potential job partners.
  • Track student progress and success rates post-placement. 

Community Outreach

  • Make community referrals to address other needs, such as medical, mental health, and identification.
  • Liaison with the Office of Probation and Parole, SCDC, and court system to advance program services in the community.
  • Identify and form partnerships with community agencies to increase resources available to students.

Qualifications

Required for Your Success

  • University degree in a related subject or 3+ years of experience in a related field.
  • Knowledge of client groups, group facilitation and/or issues related to prison reentry and rehabilitation.
  • Proven ability to develop caring relationship with high-risk clients.
  • Strong aptitude for improving clinical knowledge and willingness to apply what’s learned in a real-world context.
  • Understands principles of cognitive behavioral therapy as it relates to behavior change.
  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, moving about to accomplish tasks, ability to perform work of medium effort that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds, communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Valid SC driver’s license and ability to operate a company vehicle.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, email and internet.

Additional Helpful Experience 

  • Background in teaching or counseling.
  • Skilled in motivational interviewing and/or an understanding of core correctional practices.
  • Knowledge of appropriate, high-quality resources available to clients in the Columbia, SC area.
  • Ability to identify issues related to mental and physical health and/or substance abuse that put the client at risk for program failure.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Ability to meet goals in an unstructured environment. 

You Are

Personal characteristics 

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of the clients to meet or exceed their expectations.
  • Self-management: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
The salary for this position is $62,000 annually. We offer an employee benefits package including health insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays. 

How to Apply
Email a cover letter and resume with the subject line Columbia Program Manager to khuey@turningleafproject.com by June 21, 2021. No phone calls please. 

Position Title

Classroom Facilitator

The Opportunity  

Turning Leaf is hiring a Classroom Facilitator for our new location which will open in Columbia, SC in October 2021. Three months of hands-on training will take place at our Charleston office prior to program launch. This position is responsible for delivering daily group therapy classes to men returning home from prison. In addition to preparing lesson plans and teaching groups, the Classroom Facilitator supervises and coaches participants on-the-job while they work in the program’s on-site screen-printing business. The position reports to the Program Manager.  

Job Overview

The Classroom Facilitator leads Cognitive Behavior classes and administers the behavioral management system in both the print shop and the classroom.  Facilitators work closely with program participants (Students) guiding them through the program in coordination with the Program Manager.  The Classroom Facilitator also functions as the Print Shop Floor Manager outside of class time to ensure program consistency.  This position will report to the Program Manager and directly manages Student Apprentices.  

What You’ll Be Responsible For

  • Teach group therapy classes for three hours a day to men returning home from prison. 
  • Collaborate with the Peer Specialist and Program Manager to help individuals progress through the program. 
  • In coordination with the Print Shop Manager, supervise participants while they’re working in the program’s on-site screen-printing business.    
  • Record and report on student progress in the classroom and print shop.  
  • Prepare classroom materials and maintain lesson notes to aid in evaluation.
  • Evaluate situations as they arise and initiate disciplinary action if a student is in violation of program standards. 
  • Conduct random drug screenings in coordination with the Program Manager.

 Qualifications

 Required for Your Success 

  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups. 
  • Proven ability to develop caring relationship with high-risk clients.  
  • Strong aptitude for learning and desire for continuous improvement.   
  • Ability to take and apply constructive feedback. 
  • Willingness to be flexible in day-to-day job duties. 
  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, moving about to accomplish tasks, ability to perform work of medium effort that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds, communicating with others to exchange information.  
  • Valid SC driver’s license and ability to operate a company vehicle.   

Additional Helpful Experience

  • Lived experience returning home from prison. 
  • A background in teaching, mentoring, or counseling. 
  • An understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy and how it relates to behavior change in people returning home from prison.   

You Are

  • Observant with the ability to quickly recognize and assess problem situations.  You can identify causes, gather relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem in a timely manner.
  • Committed to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, flexible, and compassionate but assertive.  
  • An excellent communicator, adaptable, and engaged.   

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply. 

Compensation

The salary for this position is $42,000 annually. We offer an employee benefits package including health insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume with the subject line Columbia Classroom Facilitator to khuey@turningleafproject.com by June 21, 2021. No phone calls please.

Position Title

Peer Specialist

The Opportunity

Turning Leaf is hiring a Peer Specialist for our new location which will open in Columbia, SC in October 2021. Three months of hands-on training will take place at our Charleston office prior to program launch. This position is responsible for delivering direct services to program participants (called students), recruitment of new students, and post-graduation aftercare support. The Peer Specialist also provides basic program support and is cross trained as a classroom facilitator and print shop supervisor to fill-in on an as needed basis.  This position reports to the Program Manager. 

What You’ll Be Responsible For

Recruitment / Outreach 

  • Conduct outreach in the community to recruit new students. 
  • Send recruitment letters to current inmates and respond to correspondence.    
  • Field phone calls from prospective students and determine eligibility.   
  • Share personal story with community partners and donors. 

Peer Engagement 

  • Works one-on-one with students informally to develop a plan to help them reach their life goals. 
  • Share past experiences and act as a role model for a crime-free lifestyle.
  • Assist staff in understanding local culture and potential obstacles to re-entry and how to best address them. 
  • Provide transportation for medical appointments, job interviews, agency visits, etc.  
  • Maintain relationships with students after formal participation ends. 

Program Support

  • Help in the print shop as needed, including screen-printing, supervising students, dropping off orders, and managing quality control. 
  • Facilitate group classes as needed.   
  • Assist in the daily operations of the center. Field phone calls, pick-up supplies, and assist with basic administrative tasks.
  • Communicate student needs to the Program Manager and carry out disciplinary actions. 
  • Update student files and assist in maintaining the database. 

Qualifications 

Required for Your Success 

  • Formerly incarcerated or similar lived experience. 
  • Established relationships in the Columbia area and an understanding of the community.
  • Proven ability to develop caring relationship with high-risk clients.  
  • Strong aptitude for learning and desire for continuous improvement.     
  • Ability to take and apply constructive feedback. 
  • Willingness to be flexible in day-to-day job duties. 
  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, moving about to accomplish tasks, ability to perform work of medium effort that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds, communicating with others to exchange information.  
  • Valid SC driver’s license and ability to operate a company vehicle.  

Additional Helpful Experience 

  • Experience in peer-to-peer counseling a plus but not required.  Training will be provided.  
  • Knowledge of available local services.  

You Are

  • Committed to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, flexible, and compassionate but assertive.  
  • Coachable and willing to wear many hats.  You are a lifelong learner who embraces change and strives to make the best of each moment.  

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

Compensation

The salary for this position is $42,000 annually. We offer an employee benefits package including health insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume with the subject line Columbia Peer Specialist to khuey@turningleafproject.com by June 21, 2021. No phone calls please.

Position Title

Center Coordinator

The Opportunity

Turning Leaf is hiring a Center Coordinator for our new location which will open in Columbia, SC in October 2021. Two months of hands-on training will take place at our Charleston office prior to program launch. The Center Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to provide administrative, customer service, and operations support of the program’s screen-printing business. The position works closely with the Print Shop Manager to maximize print shop efficiency, ensure quality production, and effectively train participants (generally called students). In addition, the position is responsible for managing the team’s daily schedule, giving tours of the program, and building relationships with companies who will hire program graduates and/or place screen-printing orders. This position reports to the Lead Center Coordinator and the Director of Operations. 

What You’ll Be Responsible For

Print Shop Sales & Support

  • Act as the primary contact for all Print Shop wholesale and retail customers. 
  • Prepare wholesale quotes and assist customers throughout the artwork approval and ordering process.
  • Build and sustain lasting relationships with new customers within the Columbia sales territory.
  • Be the front-line brand ambassador, ensure all products meet our quality standards, and provide exceptional customer service to all clients.  
  • Maintain an accurate record of all leads, customer accounts, and sales.
  • Execute and manage a successful referral program.  Develop and implement an effective sales strategy for the Columbia market.   
  • Execute the print shop production calendar as designed by the lead Center Coordinator, process payments, ship and coordinate drop off and pick up of orders and deliveries, and assist in the training of new students.  
  • Estimate and document expected and actual costs per project and overall.
  • Achieve quarterly sales goals.  

Administrative Functions 

  • Serve as principal contact and liaison for others at Turning Leaf Project – Columbia, for community partners, job partners and the public.
  • Give tours of the program to interested community members, job partners, and print shop customers. 
  • Provide pictures, stories, and data to Director of Marketing for social media and email communications with donors and supporters. 
  • Oversee expense reporting and reimbursement requests.  Order office supplies, update materials and keep office equipment in good working order.
  • Lead office and center organization, maintain center calendar and schedules.  

Job Development 

  • Recruit potential job partners through cold calling, emailing, and networking.   
  • Tour potential facilities to ensure employers are a good match for program participants and provide students with a better understanding of the potential work environment.  
  • In partnership with the Program Manager, match students with available employment opportunities, assist students in the hiring process, and track related data.   

Qualifications 

Required for Your Success 

  • Three years of experience as a customer service professional with outside sales experience a bonus.
  • Tech savvy.  Strong computer skills are required.  Comfortable with various platforms, including but not limited to, Microsoft Suite, Asana or similar project management software, experience with CRM and job scheduling a plus.
  • Enjoy working on multiple projects at one time. Can multi-task. Comfortable handling customer service problems when things go wrong. 
  • Highly organized, an accurate recordkeeper, and diligent in meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, moving about to accomplish tasks, ability to perform work of medium effort that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds, communicating with others to exchange information.  
  • Valid SC driver’s license and ability to operate a company vehicle.  

Additional Helpful Experience 

  • Experience cold calling and comfortable taking the initiative to develop new relationships while managing your own schedule. 
  • Experience in an office management role.  
  • Knowledge of the screen-printing process is a bonus.  

You Are 

  • Personable, and enjoy networking and cultivating lasting relationships with people and businesses.  
  • Detail oriented and forward thinking.  You possess a well-developed ability to recognize problems before they arise and find creative and timely solutions to keep things on track.  You embrace change and are always looking for ways to get better.  
  • Someone who enjoys the hustle but can continue to work independently when things slow down and focus shifts.  

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.

Compensation

The salary for this position is $48,000 annually. We offer an employee benefits package including health insurance, paid sick and vacation leave, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume with the subject line Columbia Center Coordinator to khuey@turningleafproject.com by July 21st, 2021. No phone calls please.