Re-entry Transitional Jobs (RETJ) Program


The Re-entry Transitional Jobs (RETJ) Program will provide job readiness training, job coaching, soft skills and computer skills development, industry certification training, 1:1 case management support (before, during and after job placement), coordination (with REJT Housing Navigator) of housing counseling and support, wrap-around services (healthcare, basic needs, and referrals), transportation support, assistance obtaining driver’s licenses and other documentation, (training stipends – uncertain), and other services to men and women who are justice-involved, EOS and housing insecure or experiencing homelessness. 


This is the pilot year of a new grant-funded program.  Participants (10 during first year) will participate in six months of part-time transitional employment through the new Neighborhood Ambassadors program.  After that, the employment goal is full time employment through the City of Hartford or other employers.  Participants will be identified and enrolled in RETJ through the Greater Hartford Re-Entry Welcome Center in collaboration with Community Partners in Action.



The RETJ Case Manager will serve 10 participants, and is responsible for

  • Initial Intake assessment and goal-setting
  • Develops individual plans for each participant
  • Supports the program by overseeing client plans, ensuring client success in the program, and facilitating employment placement and retention
  • Case management and referrals to wrap-around services, and assists with on-the-job mentoring and job development.Provides basic individualized financial education


The RETJ Case Manager will work in a collegial team setting with staff from The Open Hearth Association’s Working Man’s Center and with designated staff at the Greater Hartford’s Re-entry Welcome Center, and will be active in a range of community settings, including meetings of the Greater Hartford Re-Entry Council.  Responsibilities will include coordinating client work with the Neighborhood Ambassadors transitional employment program.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent; educational requirement may be substituted with experience on a year for year basis
  • Three years of demonstrated experience in a related field and demonstrated experience in providing employment and/or career services
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural team environment
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills
  • Experience working with participants from varied backgrounds especially people who have been incarcerated
  • Bilingual (Eng./Sp.) preferred


Salary:  $50,000 per year

Duration:  1 year – (Grant funded, possibility of 1-2 years beyond this)

Reports to:  Program Coordinator / Working Man’s Center


To apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Stephen Haynes at The Open Hearth Association shaynes@theopenhearth.org.  Posting will remain open until position is filled.


About The Open Hearth

 The oldest continuously operating housing program for men on the East Coast, The Open Hearth was founded in 1884. Our mission is to help men experiencing homelessness enhance their capacity for self-help, self-respect and dignity. 

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The Open Hearth is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the values of community, leadership, equity, creativity, advocacy and accessibility.