Senior Associate, Federal Policy and Technical Assistance

Washington, DC / Philadelphia

The Opportunity

The nation’s largest employment-centered reentry organization is growing its technical assistance work particularly in the area of SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T). This new Senior Associate role will contribute to CEO’s efforts to build strong third-party partnerships for SNAP E&T, as well as other federal workforce programs, both within the organization and across the reentry and workforce field more broadly. 

This Senior Associate will report to the Federal Policy Director and work closely with the broader CEO Policy and Program teams to provide technical assistance on SNAP E&T as well as other federal and state workforce programs that support individuals returning home from incarceration. This individual will influence systems within our organization and with external partners to increase the number of eligible individuals who access federal workforce programs via CEO and other partners in order to participate in employment and training activities that provide quality work experience, and lead to an unsubsidized job and career pathway.

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 have experience with engaging and motivating a diverse group of stakeholders
  • You are committed to CEO’s mission and are interested in working in a fast ­paced, growing, results oriented nonprofit environment
  • You have strong organizational and project management experience, and ability to pace multiple priority projects with minimal oversight 
  • You have strong organizational skills with an attention to detail
  • You have understanding of policy advocacy campaigns as well as criminal justice and workforce policy Knowledge of federal legislative, appropriations/budget and administrative processes
  • You have strong research and analytical skills
  • You have excellent written and oral policy and persuasive communication skills 
  • Ability to distill complicated policy frameworks down to relevant information for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated interest in the mission and values of CEO, and comfort with collaborating and maintaining connections with colleagues located across 11 states. 
  • Commitment to racial justice and advancing meaningful change for people impacted by the legal system

What You’ll Be Responsible For

These responsibilities are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the responsibilities of this role:

Federal Policy Technical Assistance

  • Draft and lead webinars on federal workforce programs that provide peer learning for other reentry and social enterprise organizations; 
  • Support the development of resource platforms and repositories of best practices on workforce programs that can be accessed by other providers and CEO partners;  
  • Provide specialized training, technical assistance and peer mentorship to build capacity in the field for SNAP E&T partnerships; 
  • Develop new organizational capacities for CEO to provide high quality and customized training and technical assistance to external partners and other service providers 
  • Understand policy design, compliance, and best practices for key federal workforce programs, including SNAP E&T, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and how changes in policy impact third-party partners, intermediaries, and grantees;
  • Generate written content, including commentary on federal rules, talking points, briefs, factsheets, and media collateral to support CEO’s advocacy in creating more participant access to federal programs; 
  • Present on behalf of CEO to other providers and key stakeholders in the field to advance advocacy and contribute to field-building efforts for SNAP E&T;  and 
  • Work with the Policy team to develop project management processes, and support state and federal coordination regarding federal workforce program implementation with CEO’s program. 

Internal Collaboration

  • Collaborate with other divisions within CEO to implement program innovation strategies (such as economic opportunity initiatives or participant engagement strategies) 
  • Provide technical assistance and internal capacity building to Program team through the development of trainings and/or learning tables related to SNAP
  • Engage national resources in message development and strategy refinement in collaboration with CEO’s Communications team


  • Collect, summarize and analyze federal data and CEO program data to inform CEO’s policy strategy
  • Attend trainings, conferences and other meetings that help further inform CEO’s policy strategy
  • Offer suggestions around improvements to processes and systems related to CEO’s policy work

Compensation and Benefits  

The salary range for this position is $66,000-77,000.  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 a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, professional development opportunities 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.

We also offer paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We are a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff. 

More About Us

The Center for Employment Opportunities believes that everyone deserves the chance to shape a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our commitment to being an anti-racism organization that is inclusive across all identities and experiences drives us forward every day. We exist to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to personal and professional success, and we’re passionate about being agents of change who promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to opportunities for all.

People who are justice involved, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+ , and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  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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