Program Director

Please see details about this opening below. To apply, click here for the application.

The Opportunity

We're seeking a results-oriented and social justice-minded leader with program, performance, and team management experience to lead our Detroit office and continue CEO’s proven program model there. The Program Director will provide the leadership needed to grow the Detroit program, ensure its sustainability, and support CEO program participants in successfully transitioning from incarceration to stable and productive lives.

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. In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to grow to serve 9,000 participants annually.

Who You Are

  • You are deeply dedicated to and engaged in social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry field
  • You come to CEO with 5+ years of program management experience in a fast-growing and results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • You have a working knowledge of the local Detroit or general criminal justice and/or workforce development systems
  • You have people management experience and can build, manage, and develop a diverse team and are able to bounce seamlessly between high level strategy and getting into the weeds when needed to ensure your team’s success
  • You understand the importance of performance based goals and have experience catalyzing a team to reach these
  • Your attention to detail allows you to juggle multiple projects at one time
  • You thrive in ambiguity and want to play a key role in the growth of an organization
  • You understand the importance of regularly collecting, analyzing, and applying data to drive program strategy and decision making
  • You have strong administrative skills and have experience managing multiple performance based contracts (experience with workforce funding streams and contracts preferred)
  • You have experience engaging and persuading a diverse array of stakeholders
  • You are comfortable with technology, including Google Suite and Salesforce
  • You have the highest level of personal integrity and are personally and professionally committed to excellence and having deep impact on our participants’ lives


Key responsibilities of the Program Director include but are not limited to:

  • Hiring, supervising, and supporting a diverse, high-performing local team to serve participants and achieve our program outcomes (including life skills graduation, successful placement of participants in transitional employment, full-time job placement, and long term job retention) through disciplined data analysis, coaching, and training and development;
  • Handling or delegating 10-15 hours a month of invoicing, program reporting, record keeping and other operational duties;
  • Ensuring the smooth operation of the office’s administrative functions, including management and oversight of our local social enterprise, supported by our central teams located throughout the country
  • Growing CEO's presence in the workforce development and criminal justice communities within Detroit, cultivating relationships with local parole and probation bureaus, district attorney offices, and other program referral sources;
  • Collaboratively developing and executing CEO's fund development strategy in Detroit, identifying philanthropic, government, and private funding prospects;
  • Developing strong partnerships with local organizations that offer support for our participants including benefits access, financial literacy, housing counseling, substance abuse, and career advancement;
  • Collaboratively developing and supporting CEO's business development strategy in local site, including identifying transitional work crew customers and periodic attendance at cultivation meetings

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is commensurate upon experience. 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.

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