Life Skills Educator

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The Opportunity

We are seeking an engaging, adaptable, and inspirational Life Skills Educator (LSE) to lead large group workshops for our program participants -- formerly incarcerated men and women -- that prepare them for success in temporary and permanent employment. The workshops are comprised of 7-15 participants and take place in our Philadelphia office four days a week. The Life Skills Educator will also support the Philadelphia Program Manager with administrative and operational duties to ensure the smooth and seamless operation of the site.

Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. CEO’s programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives. CEO serves more than 6,000 participants a year, giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families, remain crime-free, and contribute positively to their communities.

Headquartered in New York City, CEO currently operates in 20 cities across six states. In 2016, CEO embarked on a five-year strategic plan to serve 11,000 participants annually. CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations, including the Federal Social Innovation Fund, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Tipping Point Community, and, among many others.

Who You Are

  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry field
  • You come to CEO with at least 2 years of experience teaching or leading group presentations
  • You consider yourself to be a people person with the ability to lift morale and present content in a way that’s exciting and engaging to participants
  • You’re inspirational and passionate about helping individuals become the best version of themselves
  • You’re able to learn and convey curricula quickly and accurately using your excellent communication skills and flexibility to change up your style to ensure participant understanding
  • You’re comfortable with providing the feedback and support necessary to facilitate the development of participants knowledge and skills
  • You take other perspectives into account when analyzing problems
  • You’re self-motivated, diligent, resilient, and demonstrate stamina and vigor as you hold yourself accountable to deadlines and outcomes, even in the face of adversity or setbacks
  • You’re highly organized with top notch time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple priorities seamlessly or ask for support with prioritization when needed
  • You’re very comfortable learning new technologies that an organization adopts/implements

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the LSE include but are not limited to:

Life Skills Education

  • Presenting well-prepared, organized, and clear content that follows CEO’s course syllabus to participants enthusiastically and with deep care
  • Guiding and coaching participants in key preparatory activities tied to employment, including writing professional resumes, networking, and mock interviewing
  • Helping participants become job-start ready by promoting their initial development and utilization of communication and self-presentation skills
  • Offering support, encouragement. and constructive feedback to all participants
  • Keeping abreast of current practices and events that could impact participant learning; making suggestions about new material to incorporate into the curriculum
  • Ensuring that participants’ initial impression of CEO experiences is strong and in align with best practices


  • Maintaining enrollment numbers in line with fiscal year goals. This includes, but is not limited to, outreach to Bureau of Community Corrections
  • Adjusting enrollment and recruitment activities as needed based on crew and program needs
  • Managing SNAP enrollment goals in collaboration with Program Manager and community partners
  • Identifying additional referral sources and recruitment opportunities as needed/presented
  • Keeping Parole and Probation Officers in the loop regarding individual participant progress
  • Collaborating with other internal departments and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to gather information and promote special projects
  • Attending outreach events and leading presentations about our program and offerings to facilitate enrollment


  • Inputting participants into our case management system (Salesforce)
  • Monitoring and recording recruitment activities
  • Monitoring and recording class attendance
  • Consistently and accurately documenting all participant contact and progress in our case management system
  • Escorting participants to nearby agencies to apply for documents when needed
  • Performing other tasks and responsibilities that will be assigned from time to time

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation for this position is $40,000-$42,000. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We're a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff.

More About Us

We welcome diversity and highly encourage applications from people of color and people with convictions. 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.