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From Incarceration to Employment

AMTC & Associates News – January/February

Amir Williams describes himself as “deep in the streets” from a very young age. He spent his teenage years at a school for at-risk youth, which the courts required him to attend. At age 19, he was arrested for armed robbery and spent more than a year in state prison. Upon release, he struggled to abide by probation requirements and was again incarcerated.
Then an experience in the summer of 2018 changed his life forever: his probation officer referred him to a reentry program through Philadelphia OIC, an affiliate of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA). Individuals who have been incarcerated are finding hope and stability through OICA, an organization headquartered in Philadelphia with 34 affiliates around the country. OICA affiliates provide educational and workforce development services to individuals in struggling communities.
Awarded four reentry grants by the U.S. Department of Labor, OICA coordinates programming and oversees its delivery for affiliates involved in this type of work. It is a leader in reintegrating individuals into society by fostering self-sufficiency in every facet of life: employment, family responsibilities, financial literacy and emotional stability.
Williams was referred to Philadelphia’s OIC’s SOAR program. He had already been in a series of reentry programs, but none had been effective. He was distrustful and detached, which again led to probation issues. The staff at Philadelphia OIC worked with him and the probation officer to form trust.
That summer, Williams enrolled in a housekeeping program through Philadelphia OIC’s Hospitality Training Institute. He was on time every day and earned the second-
highest grades in the class. He secured an internship that turned into a paying job, and now he is forging a better life.
OICA affiliates provide an array of workforce development functions and programs that are transforming lives. Success rates are high, but not all participants are ready to change their environment or summon the strength to change behavior. Yet OICA and its affiliates are not deterred; they believe everyone deserves a chance.

Fiscal Coordinator Position Available

Job Title:                     Fiscal Coordinator

Supervisor:                Controller

Salary:                        Competitive Salary & Benefits Package                     

FSLA Status:              Exempt,Full-time Regular

Location:                    Philadelphia, PA

Organization Summary:       

OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization and the national office of a network of 34 workforce development organizations spread across the United States. Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity.  We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities.  Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid in creating a more just and equitable society.  OICA provides job and life-skills training and matches our graduates with the employment needs of local businesses.  Our organization and broader network have trained over 2 million people nationwide over the past 50+ years.


OICA is hiring a Fiscal Coordinator to work with the OICA national re-entry program, Skills and Opportunities for Achievement and Responsibility (SOAR), to review, track, and monitor expenses to ensure alignment with the policies and procedures which govern the grants.  A major part of the Coordinator’s responsibilities will be to review and audit the financial accounts of each sub-grantee on the SOAR program. The Coordinator will also provide a variety of routine fiscal, financial, statistical and accounting office support, and may perform general office support duties, including typing, word processing and filing.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review draw request and expense report for sub-grantee on the SOAR program.
  • Generate financial reports and conduct financial analysis for program and organizational leadership.
  • Match invoices, receiving reports and other requests for payment with purchase order or contract documents; ensure proper authorization and compliance with office policies and procedures.
  • Input information and update to a computer system, or manually prepare forms to produce payments; reconcile and prepare payment requests for non-purchase order expenditures such as telephone and contract payments.
  • Provide information to vendors customers, appropriate staff regarding account balances, invoices and purchase orders.
  • Assist with the production of various periodic billings; receive checks by mail and process and balance accordingly; audit accounts receivable; answer factual questions regarding office policies and ordinances.
  • Process returned checks, convey to proper person to effect collection and make appropriate entries to files and/or ledgers.
  • Maintain accounting and financial and statistical records, and prepare periodic or special reports.
  • Post information to ledgers, journals and reports; prepare fund transfers between accounts; prepare journal entries, total and balance figures, proof data and make corrections as required.
  • Process centralized payroll records and documentation; may assist in processing payments to various insurance carriers, deferred compensation and other employee deductions.
  • Reconcile information from the automated system; balance deposits (cash, checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders).
  • Enter and retrieve data from an on-line or personal computer system; may use such technology to produce standard reports; operate standard office equipment.
  • May assist with departmental payroll recordkeeping and budget preparation by posting information, typing materials or totaling figures.
  • Perform a variety of general office support duties such as typing, proofreading, filing, answering the telephone and preparing periodic and special reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Policies, procedures, and guidelines related to the department or functional area to which assigned.
  • Fiscal document processing, record keeping, and bookkeeping practices and procedures.
  • Basic auditing principles and practices.
  • Basic business data processing principles and the use of personal or on-line computers.
  • Office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Business arithmetic, including decimals and percentages.
  • Correct English usage and the basic format for typed materials.


  • Prepare, maintain and reconcile various fiscal, accounting, statistical and numerical records.
  • Perform detailed fiscal office support work accurately.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a calculator and personal computer.
  • Prioritize work, coordinate several activities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Type with sufficient skill to complete forms and enter information into a computer system.


The ideal candidate will be a fast learner with some background or experience in accounting, finance, book keeping, and quality assurance.  He/she has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  Experience in nonprofit financial is preferred.


Please send resume, cover letter and the names of three professional references to


OICA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

OIC of America

Job Title: Director of Partnerships

Supervisor: Senior Director of Operations and Strategy

Salary: $57,000 – $65,000 + Competitive Benefits Package

FSLA Status: Exempt, Full-time Regular

Location: Philadelphia, PA


OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization, and the national office of a network of 34 workforce development organizations spread across the United States. Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity. We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities. Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid in creating a more just and equitable society. OICA provides job and life skills training and matches our graduates with the employment needs of local businesses. Our organization and broader network have trained over 2 million people nationwide over the past 50+ years.


OICA is seeking a Director of Partnerships to build strategic relationships with key stakeholders that can support the SOAR Reentry Program. The SOAR program equips individuals with academic and vocational skills and provides access to opportunities to help them accomplish personal achievement and embrace a spirit of responsibility. The duties of the Director of Partnerships include working closely with OIC affiliates across multiple cities to help connect them with key stakeholders and resources that are available in their local business, workforce and reentry ecosystems.


  • Develop and execute a partnership plan aligned with the OICA strategic plan to help the SOAR program meet outcomes.
  • Conduct research on the local business, nonprofit, workforce, and reentry ecosystem and identify key stakeholders in each city where SOAR is operating.
  • Outline tactical steps, engage key partners, and vet the organization to determine strategies to develop the relationships.
  • Connect sub-grantee with potential partners and guide the relationship building process.
  • Conduct periodic check-ins to verify the relationship is being nurtured and cultivated by the sub-grantee.
  • Build relationship with national employers, and other national stakeholders to help sub-grantees find employment opportunities for program participants.
  • Devise strategies to cultivate relationships with local and national partners (service providers, employers, corporations, foundations, philanthropic entities, etc.) to sustain the SOAR program beyond the life of the grant.
  • Prepare and send success stories and outcome data to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance and coaching on best practices in community engagement and relationship building to equip sub-grantees with the skills to build key relationships.
  • Institutionalize community engagement by developing a large portfolio of key partners (local and national) categorized and organized by type and develop a playbook of how to engage each category.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Operations and Strategy.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business/ Public Administration, Communications, Criminology, or any related field.
  • Master’s Degree preferred (MBA, MPA, MPP, MSW, or MA/MS in related field).
  • 5 or more years’ experience building strategic relationships.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds from individuals returning from incarceration to public officials.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database usage.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience working with ex-offenders is a plus.
  • Possess working relationship with key stakeholders that are of interest to OICA.
  • Able to articulate and/or demonstrate a good track record of building strategic relationships.
  • Ability to travel within the metropolitan area and nationally if required.


OICA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.


Please send resume, cover letter and the names of three professional references to


The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

Nov 19, 2018

COATESVILLE — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $300,000 to representatives of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center.

The funds, made available through a community development block grant, have been used to purchase a new primary office location for Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center in the City of Coatesville.

“It is great to be back home!” said Joyce Chester, Chester County OIC president and CEO. “The City of Coatesville is where Chester County OIC began nearly 40 years ago,” she said. “The opportunity to come back into the City from West Chester was the perfect move for us, and it is the first time that we will own our own home.”

“We thank the Chester County Commissioners and the county’s Department of Community Development for making this dream come true,” she added.

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center’s vision is to be leaders in improving the lives of disadvantaged adults by creating educational and employment opportunities.

Along with ongoing programs offered by Chester County OIC, including GED, English Language Acquisition and Certified Nurse Aid, the organization’s new SOAR re-entry program — a strategy that addresses the range of challenges faced by formerly incarcerated young adults who are trying to make a successful transition back into their communities — will serve as a resource to youth ages 18-24 in Coatesville and throughout the County.

Chester County OIC’s new location is 22 N. 5th Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320.

History of the BookyMobile

Submitted by:  Jeffrey C. Woodyard, Executive Director of Tri-County OIC

In 2008, Tri-County OIC created the OIC BookyMobile – a travelling bookmobile for kids and adults. The idea of the BookyMobile started when the OIC executive director realized that many low-income children and their parents did not have access to enough books at home. Schools were struggling to provide books to students and access to libraries was limited to those who lacked transportation and resources.

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Date: July 20, 2018
Contact: Naja Killebrew, Communications Manager
Phone: 215-236-4500 (w), 215-518-6558 (c)

OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369
SOAR program expands from seven to eleven affiliates and program partners in seven states

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