The Opportunity

CEO is seeking a Job Coach who is responsible for helping program participants -- formerly incarcerated individuals -- stay focused and motivated while working on transitional job sites and in their efforts to obtain permanent employment. Job Coaches effectively facilitate program participant progress to interview readiness by providing intensive coaching on interview and employment readiness skills.

CEO's Staff Vaccination Policy
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. Since 2009, CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the GreenLight Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan to grow to serve 9,000 participants annually.

Who You Are

  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and perhaps are already working in the re-entry space
  • You're experienced in providing feedback and guidance to clients to encourage their growth and continued development of their knowledge and skills
  • You’re passionate about making an impact on people's lives and interested in guiding them to achieve their career goals through a balance of accountability and empathy
  • You are a people-person and love to inspire others to reach a goal and perform to the best of their ability
  • You have strong customer service skills and take a human-centered approach when communicating with participants
  • You have strong time management and prioritization skills
  • You’re able to anticipate problems, evaluate them, and determine and implement solutions
  • You’re computer savvy (demonstrated word processing skills, ability to use the Internet to research job opportunities, familiarity with Salesforce preferred)
  • You come to CEO with 1-2 years of related experience

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the Job Coach include but are not limited to:

Direct Support

  • Engaging participants in ongoing discussions about their employment goals
  • Using motivational interviewing techniques as appropriate to help guide participants to goal achievement.
  • Developing and producing a professional resume for each participant
  • Maintaining weekly contact with participants to track their progress to interview readiness
  • Facilitating group sessions and workshops to build employment readiness skills

Administrative Support

  • Regularly discussing each participant's job start ready progress with colleagues; problem solving with colleagues when needed
  • Reviewing participants’ daily performance rating provided by their worksite supervisor
  • Maintaining accurate client records in Salesforce; updating progress notes in Salesforce during and after each meeting with participants
  • Maintaining contact with work crew site supervisors; exercising responsiveness to their concerns
  • Recording and reporting monthly progress summaries for each participant, detailing steps taken to resolve challenges and the quality of overall participant participation
  • Performing other tasks and responsibilities that will be assigned from time to time

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $45,000 annually. 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. CEO is also dedicated to ongoing staff development 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.

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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