Manager, Federal Workforce Policy

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The Opportunity
The Manager, Federal Workforce Policy will lead CEO’s efforts to engage federal officials and legislators, advocating for policies that make federal workforce programs more accessible to people coming home from incarceration. 

Specifically, the Manager, Federal Workforce Policy will develop and implement a strategy that aims to increase funding and revenue for individuals affected by federal and state policies related to public benefits. This will involve promoting the utilization of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to support re-entry employment services and monitoring/influencing/advocating for relevant legislation at both the federal and state levels.

This position is ideal for an individual interested in combining advocacy work with serving as an in-house expert on the implementation of SNAP E&T and WIOA in ways that benefit formerly incarcerated people. We’re looking for an individual who enjoys working individually and as part of a broader policy team to disseminate information and opportunities associated with federal workforce programs to program leadership at CEO. 

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 GreenLight Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. 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 within a fast-paced, mission-driven, and social justice-minded nonprofit organization 
  • You come to CEO with at least 4-5 years of experience in policy or programming related to workforce and public benefits (knowledge of or experience in criminal justice is a plus!)
  • You’re have knowledge in either SNAP E&T or WIOA policy and have experience working directly with policymakers to drive impactful change
  • You’re an outstanding communicator, able to communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing and to tailor your communication style to various stakeholders 
  • You’re have demonstrated experience in research and data analysis as well as using your findings to inform your perspective and decision-making
  • You’re confident in your ability to building relationships with public agencies, community-based organizations, and high-level public officials to develop, implement, and promote new programs and projects
  • You’re able to drive results both independently and as part of a team, all while working remotely with a geographically dispersed team 
  • You’ve successfully developed and implemented strategy to achieve policy objectives

Major Responsibilities 
Key responsibilities of the Manager, Federal Workforce Policy include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and execute strategy for increasing federal funding, namely WIOA and SNAP E&T funds, that support reentry employment services like CEO
  • Monitor changes in SNAP and WIOA legislation and understand any potential impacts on CEO 
  • Engage with federal agencies and legislators to promote the utilization of these funding streams for CEO and the reentry employment field more broadly
  • Work with other workforce, justice, and anti-poverty advocacy organizations to promote policies that support greater investment in reentry employment services for formerly incarcerated people
  • Establish and manage relationships with Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) staff managing SNAP E&T programs in Washington D.C. and in each CEO region 
  • Monitor emerging and promising practices within the field for utilizing SNAP and WIOA funding to support reentry employment programs, including for transitional employment
  • Serve as a major contributor alongside the policy team in developing a policy strategy for SNAP and WIOA and with states to implement that policy vision
  • Work with Senior Directors and the government funding team to engage state workforce development board staff and advocate for utilization of WIOA
  • Work with CEO leadership to engage Congressional staff regarding SNAP and WIOA and other relevant legislation associated with these programs
  • Serve as an in-house advocate and expert on federal workforce policy
  • Represent CEO in the community and sector by leading presentations, serving as a panelist at summits and conferences, and hosting webinars as needed  

Compensation and Benefits 
The salary range for this position is $80,000-90,000 annually, commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities. 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
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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