Project Manager
Los Angeles, CA

The Opportunity

The Project Manager will lead a new initiative that will serve women both inside and recently released from the largest women’s jail in the US - Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) in Lynwood, CA. 

The CRDF Project Manager will oversee all aspects of the CRDF Career Center Pilot Program. In particular, the CRDF Project Manager will manage the performance of the implementation partner and ensure that the overall grant deliverables are being accomplished. Strong project management, documentation, and reporting skills are required to ensure successful performance. The position will require visits inside the Lynwood jail as well as coordinating with staff and participants outside of the jail. 

As part of our mission, we strongly encourage individuals who have lived experience of incarceration or involvement in the justice system to apply for this role.

This position is currently funded through October 2022. Continuation of the position is dependent upon availability of future funding which we hope to be able to secure.

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CEO has implemented an org-wide vaccination requirement that requires all new staff to be fully vaccinated or to have received one dose of the Pfizier or Moderna shot before their first day of work. We have made this decision for the safety of our participants and employees and to enhance our ability to continue to provide the vital services we offer to our participants. As part of the onboarding process, new hires will be asked to submit proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. 

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 at least three (3) years of experience within the last five (5) years operating a workforce development program on a federal, state, and/or local level AND you have two (2) years of experience providing re-entry employment case management
  • You have at least two (2) years experience in project management of grants with complex deliverables and reporting requirements preferred
  • You are committed to CEO’s mission and are interested in working in a fast ­paced, growing, results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry field
  • You have experience collecting, analyzing, and applying data to drive program strategy and decision making  
  • You come to CEO with experience in project management, people management, and partner coordination
  • You pride yourself in your ability to communicate effectively and recognize the value of continuous communication  
  • You're comfortable with technology, including Google Suite and Salesforce  
  • You display personal integrity and are personally and professionally committed to CEO’s mission and strive to make a deep impact on our participants’ lives   
  • You have lived experience of incarceration and reentry and come to CEO with some basic Motivational Interviewing training (preferred, but not required)

What You’ll Be Responsible For

Key responsibilities of the Project Manager include but are not limited to:

Project Management

  • Design program elements to meet outcomes
  • Track tasks, progress, and timelines
  • Deliver accurate and timely reporting to funder and partners
  • Ensure that CRDF Career Center programming is connected to all essential in-jail services and postrelease supportive services

Partner Coordination

  • Establish a positive and collaborative working relationship with the implementation partner
  • Provide oversight to program quality and outcomes
  • Support and advocate for the needs of the partner, while also holding accountable to goals
  • Attend all required meetings, trainings, and grant-related events. The Project Manager will act as a central point of contact with the County
  • Maintain a people-centered approach and implement Motivational Interviewing practices in interactions with participants, staff, partners, and funders

Performance Management

  • Closely track progress to goals and outcomes
  • Anticipate obstacles and issues and proactively work to minimize disruptions
  • Gather and disseminate key performance information as well as success stories

Compensation and Benefits  

The salary range for this position is $63,700-$66,000. 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.

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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