JOTF E-Newsletter

February 2007

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to bring you the latest edition of its electronic newsletter. The JOTF E-Newsletter includes news, announcements, and information about upcoming events in the Baltimore area that we hope will be of interest to you. If your organization would like to publicize an event, job announcement, or other information, please e-mail: jessica[@]jotf.org.

In this issue:

JOTF NEWS

JOTF in Annapolis for Session '07
JOTF Discusses Ex-Offender Issues with Employers
Lunchtime Series Continues: Forum Explores the High Cost of Getting to Work

OTHER NEWS

Examiner.com, "Officials: Expunge arrests records"
Baltimore Sun, "Help working poor get what they're due
Washington Post, "Building a Career Path Where There Was Just a Dead End"

UPCOMING EVENTS

Open Society Institute - Baltimore Education & Youth Development Program Presents: "Whats New After School? A National Perspective on Funding, Policy, and Research" (03/13/2007)
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council to Host Employment Service Fair (03/31/2007)


OPPORTUNITIES

Marian House Seeks Executive Director
Transportation Security Administration Seeks Transportation Security Officers for Baltimore-Washington International Airport

 

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JOTF NEWS

JOTF in Annapolis for Session '07

With the 2007 General Assembly session underway, JOTF is focusing on legislation that will improve economic opportunities for working families. Amongst the highlights of JOTF’s ’07 policy priorities are flexible sick leave, adult education, and child support debt-leveraging, and expungement of arrests without charge.

Legislation to create a Child Support Payment Incentive Program may be on its way to becoming law. On February 23rd, HB 263 passed unanimously in the House of Delegates. Its crossfile, SB 154, has received a favorable report in Senate Judicial Proceedings and should soon move to the floor of the Senate for a full vote.

If passed, this important legislation will establish a statewide debt-leveraging program for low-income, non-custodial parents who meet their current child support obligations to custodial parents. The program promotes mainstream employment and encourages non-custodial parents to engage with their children.

Review JOTF's complete 2007 public policy agenda online here.

For more information, please contact Senior Policy Advocate, Melissa Chalmers Broome at (410) 234-8046.

 

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JOTF Discusses Ex-Offender Issues with Employers

On February 23rd, JOTF held a meeting with employers to discuss re-entry issues. While there are many groups in the Maryland area dedicated towards addressing the issue of assisting ex-offenders re-enter the workforce, this group solely focused on analyzing this problem from a “supply side perspective.” In essence, the group asked the question, “How do we encourage employers to consider hiring ex-offenders?” The goal of this group is to develop tangible solutions to encourage Maryland employers to hiring a person who has been incarcerated.

JOTF will convene another meeting in the very near future.

For more information, please contact Gerald Ford at (410) 234-8931.



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Lunchtime Series Continues: Forum Explores the High Cost of Getting to Work

On February 16th, JOTF co-hosted another sold-out installment of the High Cost of Being Poor Lunchtime Discussion Series with the Baltimore CASH Campaign and the Maryland Asset Building Initiative. This month’s forum explored the high cost of getting to work, and focused on strategies for increasing the mobility of low-wage workers.

Transportation is one of the key barriers to finding and keeping a steady job. This is especially true in Maryland, where almost half of all workers must travel to another county for their job. This places a heavy burden on low-wage workers. The public transit system has serious gaps, but the expense of buying and maintaining a car often places this option out of a low-income family’s reach.

Henry Kay and Margy Waller opened the discussion with thoughts on the key transportation barriers facing low-wage workers. Kay is Director of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Baltimore Transit Alliance & former Planning Director for the Maryland Transit Administration, and Waller is Director of The Mobility Agenda and Co-Founder of Inclusionist.org. The event took place at the Baltimore City Community College.

For more information about the event, or about upcoming forums in the series, please contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.


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OTHER NEWS

Examiner.com, "Officials: Expunge arrests records"

The Baltimore Examiner's Jaime Malarky reports that advocates and criminal defense attorneys for the working poor are endorsing a statewide proposal to automatically expunge records of arrests that do not lead to formal charges. The proposal would entitle anyone arrested or detained then released without charges to expungement if they sign a waiver promising not to file a lawsuit related to the incident.

Read "Officials: Expunge arrest records" (01/31/2007)

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Baltimore Sun, "Help working poor get what they're due"

Bob Embry, president of the Abell Foundation, brings to light the high profile promotions from commercial tax-preparers selling high-priced refund loans and predatory tax preparation products. These products target low-income taxpayers and drain valuable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) dollars that should be helping them out of poverty.

Read "Help working poor get what they're due" (02/21/2007)

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Washington Post, "Building a Career Path Where There Was Just a Dead End"

The Washington Post describes how several states including Maryland are investing in sectoral training to help residents advance in careers that offer high wage jobs.

Read "Building a Career Path Where There Was Just a Dead End" (02/26/2007)


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Open Society Institute - Baltimore Education & Youth Development Program Presents: "Whats New After School? A National Perspective on Funding, Policy, and Research" (03/13/2007)

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore
Education & Youth Development Program presents:


What's New After School?
A National Perspective on Funding, Policy, and Research

Jodi Grant & Elizabeth Reisner

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Open Society Institute–Baltimore
201 North Charles Street, Suite 1300
Baltimore, Maryland

What does research tell us about the outcomes and characteristics of after-school programs? What are the national trends in effective after-school program delivery? How will President Bush’s fiscal budget affect after-school programs? With 14.3 million children taking care of themselves after the school day ends, including almost four million middle school students in the high-risk grades six to eight, what are state governments, school districts and the federal government doing to enhance after-school learning?

Jodi Grant, the Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, will give an overview of current national trends, funding and policy challenges for after-school programs. Grant served as Director of Work and Family Programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families. More recently, she advised the Bush Administration on proposed regulatory changes that would affect laws related to work and family at the state and national levels.

Elizabeth Reisner, the Founder and Principal of Policy Studies Associates, Inc., will give an overview of current after-school research across the nation. Reisner is the principal investigator of Out of School Time Programs for Youth and the New Century High Schools initiatives, both in New York City, New Jersey After 3, and the Citizen Schools program of after-school services in Boston.

Please RSVP to Justin Schaberg at (410) 234-1092 x213 by Monday, March 12, 2007

Open Society Institute-Baltimore
Audacious thinking for lasting change.

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Reservoir Hill Improvement Council to Host Employment Service Fair (03/31/2007)

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council

to host "Employment Service Fair"

Saturday March 31, 2007
11 am to 3 pm
John Eager Howard Elementary School Cafeteria

Come meet with local service providers to:

*enroll in a job readiness program
*create or revise your resume
*practice your interviewing skills
*learn about local employment resources

Lunch will be provided!

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Escobar or Frank Patinella at Reservoir Hill Improvement Council at (410) 225-7547

 

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OPPORTUNITIES

Marian House Seeks Executive Director

Marian House, one of Baltimore’s most respected and successful transitional/supportive housing programs for women and children, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director.

The successful candidate will have a Masters Degree and at least 6-8 years of relevant professional experience, including 2-3 years of management experience in administration, fundraising, communication and human services preferred.

Specific responsibilities include over-sight of a 22-member staff, interaction with residents, fundraising, public relations, collaboration with Board of Directors and management of the organization’s administrative functions.

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal, team building and verbal/written communication skills.

Prospective candidates should send their resumes, references, email address and a cover letter indicating their talents and skills relevant to the position, as well as salary requirements to:

Dana Peterson Moore
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
7 St. Paul Street, 19th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Or email: dmoore@wtplaw.com

The closing date for receipt of resumes is Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 5:00 pm. with the starting date for the position scheduled for May 1, 2007

Additional information about The Marian House can be found on the website: www.marianhouse.org.

 

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Seeks Transportation Security Officers for Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Federal Employment now hiring transportation security officers for Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Part-time starting at $13.41 per hour plus benefits (includes 18.59% locality pay.)

No previous experience required.

Minimum requirements: U.S. Citizenship or U.S National • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, OR one year of security or aviation screening experience • English proficiency • Pre-employment medical evaluation • Pass a background / credit check

Apply online: http://tsajobs.com

Or apply by phone: 1 800 887-5506

TSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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