by Michael Jackiewicz
Several members of the OICA team had the opportunity to visit Portland OIC and learn more about the work the Portland team is putting into improving their community and specifically how the Portland OIC crew is integrating the SOAR reentry initiative into their service model.
OICA was able to share lessons learned with the POIC SOAR team and in turn, take some promising practices back from Portland to share with other affiliates operating a SOAR program.
by Gay Puleo
NORRISTOWN — From forklift operator to nurse’s aide, Montgomery County OIC students are finding their career paths with the sort of intensive affordable training that might not otherwise have been attainable.
CADI (Career and Academic Development Institute) is seeking
dynamic, focused and accomplished educators for immediate hire. Please submit
your resume for consideration.
Special Education Coordinator
Contact Dr. Pamela Thomas, Principal
at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit
your resume today!
by Letitia Crippen, Program Manager
“Housing continues to be a critical barrier that is difficult to address in for the average American, and even more challenging for those with a blemish on their background.”
Because of rising costs due to gentrification in traditionally low income cities, and unfair housing practices, housing must be a priority to effectively reduce recidivism. OICA will continue to engage with the Philadelphia RC stakeholders to explore ways to better support our participants, not only in Philadelphia, but to share effective strategies with our network of affiliates.”
In February, the OICA program staff attended the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s 2019 Winter Stakeholder Meeting at the Office of the District Attorney in Philadelphia. The meeting was filled with 11 agencies sharing housing resources and ways to address homelessness for the re-entry population. Their Housing Subcommittee worked tirelessly to develop the Navigating Existing Housing Resources Flowchart and Guide; which is a critical tool for our population since navigating housing in a large city can take on the character of an overwhelming labyrinth for anyone regardless of their background.
To access the resources shared click on the link below:
National Skills Coalition’s annual fly-in event was open to skills advocates from across the country. The event included two days of federal skills policy updates from experts in the field, a rundown of the Skills for Good Jobs Agenda, a menu of policy recommendations developed by workforce practitioners on the ground, and culminated in the year’s largest advocacy day ever for skills policy on Capitol Hill.
For more information about the summit visit https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/resources/events/2019-skills-summit
For Immediate Release:
Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC) has opened in Coatesville and has a mission to train the unemployed and underemployed into long-term employment opportunities. Started by Rev. Leon Sullivan over 55 years ago, to meet the employment needs of disadvantaged individuals, CC-OIC offers workforce training and case management services for everyone, including young adults and adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
In January, Jason Whyte, Senior Director of Operations and Strategy, visited the Latino Coalition of Community Leadership (LCCL) to learn about the work they are doing to help returning citizens successfully transition back into their communities. Both national organizations are contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide employment-related trainings and supportive services to returning citizens, through the Employment and Training Association (ETA) department’s Reentry Employment Opportunity (REO).
After numerous meetings between Whyte and Richard Morales, Deputy Executive Director (LCCL), over the three-day visit, both organizations discovered that they function with very similar philosophies. Both organizations employ evidence-based and informed practices with a sober understanding that local adaptation is necessary; no one model is fully transferable to all communities. The organizations are also acutely aware that buy-in and commitment from leadership, a team of talented people, a culture of learning, and proper management of data and performance measurement, are foundational for successful reentry programming.
Morales introduced Whyte to associates and partners of LCCL, such as Christie Donner, Executive Director of Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC); Johanna Leal, Principal Consultant with the Alliance for Criminal Justice Innovation (ACJI); Leo Alirez, Executive Director of Lifeline; and Hassan Latif, Executive Director of the Second Chance Center. Together, these players are working to slash recidivism in Denver, Colorado.
OICA and LCCL will continue to discuss creative and innovative ways both national organizations can partner to tackle this national problem.
Photo Caption: From Left to Right: Richard Morales, Deputy Executive Director (LCCL); Christie Donner, Executive Director (CCJRC); Jason Whyte, Senior Director of Operations and Strategy (OICA)
Recently, our very own Louis
King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC was a guest on a CBS affiliate podcast in
Minneapolis, MN. discussing Summit’s efforts to get low income people and
people of color into STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) jobs. This conversation resulted from Summit’s
success with its first IT class where 17 of 19 graduates got jobs paying
$17.00/hr. after also having a Paid Internships at $12.50/hr.
Summit’s next venture is to offer
STEM exposure to kids as young as pre-school.
STEM starts to help kids at any age develop effective problem-solving
techniques and helps set them on a path of lifelong learning and an
appreciation for math and science.
They also have plans for a Gaming League and are launching a company, “STEM NATION”, which will allow for potential replication across the country. The podcast introduced Summit Academy OIC to a broad and diverse audience, while also connecting them to industry insiders in the Mid-west Region of the country. The discussion is certainly worth a listen as we continue to consider how to position OIC as a leader in workforce development. Summit’s STEM strategy seems viable regardless of the size or location of the affiliate. “We see no Alps.”
Click link below to listen!
Job Title: Fiscal Coordinator
Salary & 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 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
- 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.
maintain and reconcile various fiscal, accounting, statistical and
detailed fiscal office support work accurately.
standard office equipment, including a calculator and personal computer.
work, coordinate several activities and meet critical deadlines.
initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the
course of the work.
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.