Life Skills Educator/Job Coach

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The Opportunity
CEO is seeking a Life Skills Educator/Job Coach (LSE/JC) who will teach/lead groups of 5-10 program participants -- formerly incarcerated men and women -- on content that prepare them for success in temporary and permanent employment. The classes run 4 days in length and take place every 1-3 weeks. In addition, you’ll help participants stay focused and motivated while working on transitional job sites and in their efforts to obtain permanent employment, effectively facilitating participant progress to interview readiness by providing intensive coaching on employment readiness skills. You’ll manage a caseload of participants in becoming job start ready.

Who We Are
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Across the United States, over 6,000 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, where over 25,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-time employment since 1996. Since 2009, CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the James Irvine Foundation, Caltrans, and Project imPACT. In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to grow to serve 9,000 participants annually.

Who You Are

  • You’re eager to apply your experience and skill set to drive results within a mission-driven and social justice-minded nonprofit organization
  • You’ve taught, led group presentations, and/or served in a role in which you provided feedback and guidance to help clients or constituents strengthen their knowledge and skills (at least 2-4 years of experience preferred)
  • You’re able to inspire others to perform to the best of their ability
  • You have demonstrated strong customer service skills and consideration for others
  • You’re well organized, easily able to multitask, and able to adjust priorities on the fly (you have comfort with adapting your facilitation to what’s happening in real-time in your classroom)
  • You’re skilled at clearly, enthusiastically, and accurately presenting information to groups both verbally and in writing; you’re able to develop and deliver presentations appropriate to the audiences (of varied sizes) in content, tone, and timing
  • You’re comfortable with technology, including Google Suite and Salesforce
  • You take into account and analyze various points of view and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context

The Nitty Gritty
Key responsibilities of the LSE/JC include but are not limited to:

Life Skills Education

  • Present well-prepared, organized, and clear content that follows CEO’s course syllabus to participants enthusiastically and with deep care
  • Provide encouragement and constructive feedback to all participants while engaging participants in discussions about their employment goals
  • Help participants become job-start ready by promoting their development and effective utilization of communication and self-presentation skills
  • Keep abreast of current practices and events that could impact participants; make suggestions about new material to incorporate into the curriculum 
  • Keep parole and probation in the loop regarding 100% of participants in load; ensure 100% of participants with two or more absences have email to parole officer on record
  • Develop relationships with our criminal justice partners and community based organizations, providing them with information about our work, and building their commitment to referring a strong pipeline of participants for our programs
  • Record participant attendance daily with 100% accuracy, maintains 85% graduation rate for adults and 80% graduation rate for Young Adult participants

Job Coaching

  • In collaboration with colleagues, ensures that at least 70% of participants become Job Start Ready
  • Guide and coach participants in key preparatory activities tied to employment, including writing professional resumes, networking, and mock interviewing
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques as appropriate to help guide participants to goal achievement
  • Maintain weekly contact with participants to track their progress to interview readiness
  • Makes appropriate referrals to outside agencies when necessary; documents in Salesforce
  • Facilitate group sessions and workshops to build employment readiness skills
  • Build positive relationships with criminal justice partners in various settings, including parole bureaus and correctional facilities
  • Regularly discusses participant process and status with colleagues
  • Engage participants in ongoing discussions about their employment goals


  • Input participants into our case management system (Salesforce); ensure that progress notes in Salesforce are up to date in Salesforce for 100% of the interactions with participants
  • Monitor and record class attendance 
  • Maintain contact with worksite supervisors regarding participant daily performance and record status in Salesforce
  • Produce monthly progress summaries for each participant
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities that will be assigned from time to time 

Compensation and Benefits 
The salary for this position is $40,000. 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. CEO is also dedicated to ongoing staff development and training, including regular training opportunities in Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is one evidence-based skill that reentry and human service professionals can utilize when supporting participants to achieve their goals.

More About Us
CEO is a diverse team working to advance economic opportunity for people returning home from incarceration. We welcome diversity, and highly encourage applications from people of color and people with convictions. Learn more at

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.

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