Outreach Specialist

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Are you a strong communicator? Can you “flip the script” to adapt to the styles, needs, and demands of different audiences? Do you make friends out of strangers? Do you love introducing new ideas and improvements?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might be the ideal candidate for the Outreach Specialist position!

The Opportunity

CEO is looking to hire a bilingual Outreach Specialist in our Oakland office who will serve as the face of the organization within local parole and probation offices, developing and deepening relationships with parole officers, providing them with information about our work, and building their commitment to referring a strong pipeline of participants for our programs. In the day-to-day, the Outreach Specialist meets with parole officers, recruits program participants, and leads presentations about our program and offerings.

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 22 cities across eight 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 Google.org, among many others.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Demonstrated commitment to CEO’s mission and interest in working in a fast-growing and results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • Deep interest in re-entry or criminal justice reform preferred
  • Must be able to travel throughout the Bay area
  • Comfortable conducting outreach and skilled in relationship building; ability to ascertain the priorities of a particular individual or group and craft persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to take into account and analyze various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree (ideally with a focus in criminal justice, public administration, psychology, social work, or a related liberal arts field)

The Nitty Gritty

Job responsibilities of the Outreach Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and deepening relationships with probation officers 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
  • Meeting with probation officers, facilitating program referrals for prospective clients, leading presentations about our service offerings, and sharing feedback with about client progress at CEO
  • Making referrals for participants when needed
  • Working off-site at the probation office throughout the week
  • Attending and presenting at Bay Area PACT meetings

Perks and Benefits

The compensation for this position is $45,000 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 ceoworks.org.

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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