Consultant Writer

CEO thrives on diversity and highly encourages applications from people of color and people with convictions. CEO is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

The Opportunity

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is seeking an accomplished consultant writer and storyteller to support CEO’s communications team in generating compelling online content and other written products that raise the voice and stories of CEO participants and staff. The stories and content will advance CEO’s mission by increasing engagement with core audiences and growing support for CEO’s work and strategic efforts to achieve our mission and increase our impact towards reducing mass incarceration and promoting economic mobility for job seekers with past convictions.

Primary responsibilities of the Consultant include freelance, ad hoc writing/editing projects that include: compelling participants stories derived from interviews; blog posts, press releases, policy briefs, external emails to distribution lists, short descriptive (e,g, two pagers), and other website content as assigned. These materials will be used in twitter storms and documentary style videos that the Consultant will work with CEO’s communications team to develop. The Consultant will report to CEO’s Chief External Affairs Officer and work closely with the Communications Manager and other CEO staff. Specific deliverables include:

  • Develop a minimum of 35 compelling CEO stories every six months for use in campaigns, videos and on our website;
  • Develop and complete writing assignments as tasked;
  • Reviewing and editing assigned drafted materials from CEO staff and partners;

Written materials must be compelling and meet CEO’s standard for timeliness, quality and impact. CEO will give continual feedback on quality of writing and the work of the Consultant that the Consultant agrees to incorporate. The Consultant must demonstrate an ability to work effectively and ethically with vulnerable interview subjects, and must be adept at working remotely and collaboratively to complete projects.

Who We Are

CEO provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Across the United States, over 7,500 people participate in CEO each year, transitioning to employment that supports themselves, their families, and their communities. What began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s to address employment barriers facing the formerly incarcerated following release in New York City, has grown into the leading reentry employment organization in the country. Since 2009, CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Federal Social Innovation Fund, Blue Meridian Partners, James Irvine Foundation, and Robin Hood Foundation.

Headquartered in New York City, CEO currently operates in 30 cities across ten states. CEO’s theory of change posits that if the employment needs of persons with criminal convictions are addressed at their most vulnerable point—when they are first released from incarceration or soon after conviction— they are less likely to become re-incarcerated and more likely to build a foundation for a stable, productive life for themselves and their families. As the organization has grown, CEO has worked to scale its impact through the adoption of evidence-informed practices, enhanced employer engagement, training and economic mobility programming for our participants, and state and federal policy and advocacy efforts that address collateral consequences. CEO has an annual operating budget over $70M for FY21.

Expressions of Interest

Consultants who are interested in this opportunity should provide a cover letter and qualifications in an email to: [email protected], Attention: Christopher Watler. Please include “Consultant Writer” in the subject line. Include a price proposal based on the above scope that is expressed as an hourly rate. Please include any links or samples of work that demonstrate your expert ability and experience that aligns with the responsibilities included in this posting.

We will respond to each submission, but only submissions that we are interested in discussing further will be scheduled for an interview and asked to submit references. The selected Consultant will enter into an agreement with CEO that includes a final negotiated fee.

More About CEO

The Center for Employment Opportunities believes that everyone deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our commitment to being an anti-racism organization that is inclusive across all identities and experiences drives us forward every day. We exist to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to personal and professional success, and we’re passionate about being agents of change who promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to opportunities for all.

People who are justice involved, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+ , and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.