Program Innovation Specialist - Career Development

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The Opportunity

The Program Innovation Specialist - Career Development will serve on CEO’s Program Innovation team with a focus on improving short and long term employment outcomes for CEO’s participants. The ideal candidate will lead the team’s efforts in executing a multi-faceted project plan that drives towards best in class job development and retention strategies. The project plan, developed over 6 months, provides a roadmap for implementation. The ideal candidate will be prepared to execute this plan across CEO’s 26 offices (and growing!), as well as bring new insights and perspectives. This role is location flexible within any of our CEO offices.

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 Federal Social Innovation Fund, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 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 and are familiar with CEO’s model as well as other reentry employment service providers
  • You have experience in the workforce development field and have a strong perspective on what quality services look like that lead to long term employment
  • You come to CEO with 5 years of program support / management experience in a fast-growing and results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • You can think on your feet, be hugely creative, persuasive, encouraging, and can negotiate all at the same time
  • You can make the complex simple and support people of all backgrounds in understanding the why and how of an innovative idea
  • Exceptional project manager with the ability to manage various complex projects with a high degree of organization, attention to detail, multi-tasking, and flexibility

The Nitty-Gritty

Key responsibilities of the Program Innovation Specialist - Career Development include but are not limited to:

Project Design and Implementation

  • Implement a plan for improving CEO’s practices in Job Development and Retention, with a focus on improving short and long term employment outcomes for CEO participants
  • Develop new content and approaches for engaging participants in skill development after they begin full-time employment; career mapping, financial literacy, technology, etc
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data related to job development and retention, integrate the data with an understanding of the local and regional landscape of CEO’s offices
  • Partner with internal stakeholders across the organization to identify innovative practices, codify best practices, and model transparency in CEO’s innovation/improvement efforts

Thought Leadership

  • Act as an expert on supporting long term employment; developing a vision for high quality job development and retention at CEO
  • Seek out and synthesize emerging research in the field of job development and retention by attending webinars and conferences, reading reports and research, and maintaining a professional network of leaders in the field

Organizational Support and Learning

  • Support a culture of learning & innovation at CEO, including coordinating regular all-staff calls on topics of interest
  • Support fund development and knowledge sharing efforts including funder engagement, grant writing, grant reporting, and public speaking

Perks and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$72,000. In an effort to be both equitable and transparent, CEO's compensation philosophy considers a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, experience, internal equity, and home office location in making a final determination on our salary offer. We recognize that salary is a part of the overall compensation package and are happy to provide health, dental, 401k, and professional development opportunities to our staff.

We also offer 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.

Please note that due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to contact each applicant regarding the status of each position or reply to candidates' inquiries via phone or email.

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